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Lysandra coridon (20)
meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Trials with a compact camera for trips:

This female Chalk-hill blue (Lepidoptera; Lycaeidae; Lysandra coridon Poda; Silbergrüner Bläuling) is sitting on Salvia pratensis near the river Lech (see Map: View).

ID: it was with T.Tolman & R.Lewington,1997, Collins Butterfly Guide, that I first got convinced that the black and white spots on the forewings point to another species, Aricia artaxerxes. But Nigel (Merlin) and Ivan (Argus) knew much more and guided me to Lysandra coridon. Thanks you two, for the much appreciated help. In the workshop section I add another shot to show the underside.

Technicals: I used a magnifying lens, 100 ISO, UV filter, no flash, f/4, 1/320 sec, anti shake device, free handed. Post processing: cropping, stamping out a disturbing plant part, blurring the background, sharpen two times 20% at 1 pixel.

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meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
The same butterfly, its underwings
Edited by:meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)

The same butterfly, its underwings
Taken on Aug. 10, 2009 in Stanzach A,
Dietrich