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Direitos de Autor: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1865 W: 0 N: 5231] (28283)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2010-08-22
Categorias: Insects
Câmara: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposição: f/9.0, 1/500 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2011-01-21 12:27
Visto: 2412
Favoritos: 1 [ver]
Pontos: 36
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

Male uppersides are an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown with a row of red spots along the edges. They usually have some blue at the base of the wings and, especially in Ireland and Scotland, are mostly blue but always have the red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and more brownish in the females. Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings (extending onto the forewings though generally fainter, particularly in the males where they are sometimes missing altogether). There are about a dozen black centered white spots on the hind wings, nine on the forwings. The white fringe on the outer edge of the wings is not crossed with black lines as it is in the Chalkhill and Adonis Blues, an important difference when separating these species, particularly the females.

It is Britain's (and probably Europe's) most common and most widespread blue, found as far north as Orkney and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings and also many man made habitats, anywhere where their food plants are found.

It is widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.

Recently, Polyommatus icarus was discovered in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada by Ara Sarafian. An amateur entomologist, he had been observing the butterfly from 2005 to 2008. He contacted the Canadian National Collection of Insects in Ottawa where the butterfly was identified as P. icarus, a new alien butterfly to Canada and North America. The butterfly seems to be well established and is extending its range from year to year.

The main food plant on most sites is Bird's foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Others used include Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Common Restharrow Ononis repens, White Clover Trifolium repens and Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium. Eggs are laid singly on young shoots of their food plants.

The caterpillar is small, pale green with yellow stripes and as usual with lycid larvae rather slug-like. Hibernation occurs as a half grown larvae. They are attractive to ants but not as much as some other species of blues. The chrysalis is olive green/brown and formed on the ground where it is attended by ants which will often take it into their nests. The larvae creates a substance called honey dew, which the ants eat while the butterfly lives in the ant hill. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood flying between June and September. In a long warm year there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.

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Ciao Marius. Very good light's management ot exalt natural colours. Gooddetaisl against the blurred BG.


hello Marius
this is a other super sharpness picture from you
great details and beautiful colours
a super shot
greeting lou

Hallo Marius,
a superb macro shot of the Common Blue, amazing sharpness and splendid light, very beautiful colours, POV, DOF, BG and composition are excellent
Best regards

Ciao Mrius.
Molto bella questa farfalla ,bene i colori e la messa a fuoco ottima la composizione BENE.
Ciao Marco.

excellent photo Marius, the pose the composition all are great!
TFS Nasos

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-21 12:52]

Hello Marius.
Very good macro of this Polyommatus icarus,The details are nice and sharp, colours are great and bright.A really well composed shot.Well chased and well captured.Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-21 13:03]

Buna Marius,
O fotografie splendida a speciei, culori si detalii excelente, compozitie la fel, BG superb, felicitari!

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 655 N: 3355] (14152)
  • [2011-01-21 13:22]

One of the greatest image ever presented here of that species friend Marius! No doubt about that! Great in every respect! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2011-01-21 13:43]

Hello Marius !
This is an impressive picture of this butterfly ! Even the tiny hairs are visible and pin hsarp. The pose of the butterfly, looking down from his flower,is great too, as well as the blurred BG who makes your subject stand out in a beautiful way. Very well done !

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 815 W: 0 N: 2394] (10510)
  • [2011-01-21 14:24]

Buna Marius,
Superb work!
Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, great pose of the Polyommatus icarus.
Best wishes,

Hi Marius,
This is a perfect close-up; outstanding sharpness, colours and BG. Well done! Well best regards, Pambos

Brilliant photo, just perfect Marius! regards Yiannis

Hello Marius.
This is beautiful with excellent perch and details.
The blue family are always wonderful to photograph and you have done very well with this one.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2011-01-22 1:05]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo in very beautiful natural colours. Excellent POV, DOF, contrasting blurred BG and composition. Another beauty!

Buna Marius,
O imagine asa cum ne-ai obisnuit, cu claritate deosebita, detalii si culori perfecte pe un fundal uniform care evidentiaza subiectul. Nu in ultimul rand si compozitia este una placuta.
Numai bine,

Excelente el enfoque, con lo que dejas en evidencia los bellos detalles de esta especie.
Preciosos colores para esta ya clásica entre nosotros.
Saludos Marius: J. Ignasi.

Ciao Marius, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG, splenddi colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Marius
Beautiful photo. The POV, the composition, the colours, the BG and the sharpness are perfect.

Hello Marius,
wow...this is a stunning presentation. The sharpness and clarity is so pristine. The view is amazing, so near and so close.
Well done and the features are well documented.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3050 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2011-01-23 4:51]

Bonjour Marius,
Very powerful composition showing the beauty of the little Lyaenidae with the slightest detail. Very fine blurred background, plaisantly colored too. A picture for a butterfly-book!
Thanks also to have liked my Heron-picture. I was very touched by your little star.
Sorry to be a little bit late, I had unexpected events, like funeral and visits to hospital.
Have a nice Sunday.
Kind regards

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