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snowfalken Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)

One of Europe's most widespread butterflies it is found from the edge of the Sahara to northern Scotland and northern Scandinavia to Greece. It occupies many habitats and is found from sea level to high mountains (upto 3000m). Not surprisingly there are many variations across this range. The constant feature that greatly helps separate this species from several others is the presence of a black spot in the underside forewing cell. This distinguishes it from the otherwise very similar Chapman's Blue, A. thersites, and the larger brighter Escher's Blue, A. escheri. In northern Greece the Phalakron Blue, P. andronicus but this is so rare and local that it is unlikely to be encountered without specific expeditions to look for it. It is much larger than icarus. Confusion with other species is unlikely.

Source:

http://www.eurobutterflies.com/species_pages/icarus.htm

EXIF:

ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/400 seconds
ApertureValue - F 6.30
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 200 mm
WhiteBalance - Manual

Altered Image #1

snowfalken Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Crop and clone out
Edited by:shirgold Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)

Photoshop:
Decided to concentrate on the butterfly and the twisted leaf, leavingout the dead area on the left and the dry straw.

1. cloned out the upper part of the straw to get more of the twisted leaf in the image
2. cropped

Shir.