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African grass blue

African grass blue
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-01-19 7:17
Viewed: 4814
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Dark Grass Blue or African Grass Blue (Zizeera lysimon), is a species of blue butterfly found in India, Africa, on Cyprus and the Iberian Peninsula.

The wingspan is 10–12 mm. The butterfly flies nearly year round.

The larvae feed on Medicago, Melilotus, Acanthyllis, Armeria delicatula, Polygonum equisetiforme, Tribulus terrestris and Oxalis.

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Hi Horia,
It's very nice and colourful macro work.I liked framing,colors and composition a lot.I prepared a quick ws for you.Hope you don't mind:)Have a nice day!
Thanks for posting..

Parca s-a inclinat floarea sub greutatea acestui fluture,atat de mult polen a adunat.Asa e vara,gasesti de toate din belsug.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-19 8:06]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful photo of this tiny African Grass Blue. Good sharpness and details in a nice composition and taken from an excellent POV.

hello Horia
great composition on the beautiful flower
great details and good sharpness
greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-19 9:04]

Este o fotografie bine compusa, culorile sunt naturale, claritate bine pusa la punct, felicitari!

Ciao Horia. Nice compo with exciting light. Good POV too.


hello Horia

a very beautiful butterfly photo with his lovely flower,
with very fine POV and framing, specially the way the flower
it is framed, fine focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-19 10:48]

Hi Horia. A good close up of this African Grass Blue Butterfly. Which you have taken with fine detail. A nice pose on the brightly coloured flower. well taken TFS.

Hello Horia,
a splendid macro shot of the African Grass Blue taken from a very good POV with superb sharpness, a very pleasant careful composition
Best regards

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-19 12:18]

Seara buna Horia,
fluturii si Horia. Daca o mai adaugam si pe Mariana si pe altii din alte tari ... faceti o mare comunitate a iubitorilor de fluturi.
Superba si aceasta redare, felicitari.
O seara minunata,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-01-19 12:27]

Beautiful species, expertly captured.



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-19 13:08]

Hello Horia
A perfect close-up shot of this beautiful Dark Grass Blue butterfly with very nice details, sharpnes, framing and lighting.
TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-19 15:23]

Hi Horia,

An amazing shot showing how small this butterfly is compared to the flower. It looks so pretty and delicate. I like the contrast of its pale colors and the vivid ones of the flower.


Hi Horia,
I think there is a slight excess of brightness in the picture, particularly in the butterfly wings. The WS who performed Omer, corrects very well that little anomaly. Of the rest, is a very good picture, a butterfly interesting, very good cut and excellent composition with that flower in almost inverse position, pleasing to the eye!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-19 17:20]

Hello Horia,
From the size of the butterfly compared to the size of the flower, I'd say this guy has bitten off more then he could chew. Very good detail, color and exposure!!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-01-19 22:51]

Dear Horia!

Your colourful pictures are a welcome contrast to the cold season. It's a pleasure to look at this picture and to discover all the details it contains. The subtle interplay of sharp and blurred parts highlights the butterfly's and the flower's beauty.

Kind regards


Ciao Horia, great macro of wonderful littel butterfly, fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-20 4:24]

Hi Horia,
very nice shot shown in the hues of yellow and well exploited lighting.
The sharpness is so lively as the powdery flower base is so nive.
Well taken with excellent composition and well thought shot.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-20 7:23]

Hello Horia,
Though a little OE, this is a nice capture of the African Grass Blue. The sharpness, POV and composition on the yellow flower are excellent.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Horia,
Love the contrasty yellow and whites.Nicely captured with a pinsharp image, good exposure displaying the butterflies antennas,eye and face,colouration and unique markings, well done on this one.Have a good night.

Hi Horia.
Awesome macro photo of this beautiful and small butterfly.. Details, POV and composition are great.
Best regards

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-20 11:56]

Hello Horia, great close-up shot of an Afrian butterfly with nice composition and details.
TFS and R's,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2010-01-20 23:08]

hi horia,
belle réalisation colorée avec un joli pov latéral. Bonne netteté, même je trouve la lumière un peu forte.


Hi Horia.

This is such a fine capture with both beauties in one frame. Love the details and framing in beautifully exposed shot.

Well done.

Buna Horia MF!,

Awesome capture of this one of the smallest butterfly of the world on a beautiful flower from nice POV with delightfull composition.
TFS and have a nice day MF!

Ps. Nice to know that you and Mariana love my dedication!

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