|Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112)
|Date Taken: 2014-04-13|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-04-29 10:38|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
The Short-tailed Blue or Tailed Cupid (Cupido argiades) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is found from Central Europe to Japan. The male has a violet upperside, a violet forewing with brown edging, and a violet hindwing with a brown edging of varying length. The wings have black spots, some of which have slight white edging. The tail is black with a white tip. The underside of the wings are white or brownish grey, the markings prominent or very faint. The antennae are black with white speckling on the shafts. The body is brown with a purple flush on fresh specimens. The female has a dark grey-blue upperside, with black parts and broader edging. The undersides of the wings are like those of the male but with more stark markings. The body is like that of the male but without the purple flush. Specimens from very dry localities in Upper Burma and from Great Nicobar Island are remarkably small and pale, with the markings on the underside, especially the subtornal ochraceous yellow patch, more or less obsolescent. The Holarctic region, Oriental region and Notogaean realm. The butterfly flies from May to September depending on the location. The larva is light green with a dark stripe on the back and dark streaks on the sides, with some brownish and white spots. It feeds on legume plants, including Lotus uliginosus. The pupa is the same color as the larva or darker and black-spotted.
Lunghezza ala anteriore: 11-15 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: tutta Italia compresa la Sicilia ma esclusa la Sardegna e l'Elba.
Habitat: prati del piano basale sino a 800 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: tre, con sfarfallamento in aprile-maggio, giugno-luglio e agosto-settembre.
Piante nutrici: Medicago lupulina - Medicago sativa - Trifolium pratense - Trifoplium repens.-
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Attractive composition with splendid BG.Very beautiful butterfly with top to bottom well sharpen.Excellent colour and details.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
- [2014-04-29 14:10]
Ammazza che luce e che dettagli nonostante le ali semiaperte,difficile emozionarsi ancora,ma stasera mi hai dato questa bellissima sensazione,in piu' partendo da una farfalla non certo stupenda quanto a design e pure vecchiotta.Complimentissimi e buonanotte,Luciano
- [2014-04-29 17:14]
I love these tiny butterflies with their fringed outer wings and little trailing tails. You managed to photograph this particular specimen perfectly as it posed on the very tip of a leaf. Wonderful detail and beautiful natural colors. I like the overall composition and nice blurred BG. Great shot!!
Ciao Roberto, deliziosa vecchietta, posizione difficile, ma per te non č mica un problema, gran macro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou
- [2014-04-30 0:43]
Great composition and so lovely POV ! Wonderful details and clarity as well as BG ! tfs Tina
- [2014-04-30 11:48]
Hola Roberto! A very nice picture of this little one. Good sharpness, light and a perfect background. Saludos.
- [2014-05-01 0:06]
Une image charmante avec ce petit Lycaenidae qui regarde du haut de la feuille..dans un abīme de verdure. Parfait et original!