<< Previous Next >>

Leptotes pirithous

Leptotes pirithous
Photo Information
Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-08 14:27
Viewed: 3524
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Leptotes
Species: L. pirithous

Leptotes pirithous is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found from southern Europe to the Himalayas and in most of Africa. Its common names are Lang's Short-tailed Blue and Common Zebra Blue
The wingspan is 21–29 mm for males and 24–30 mm for females. The butterfly flies from February to October depending on the location.
The larvae feed on Fabaceae, Rosaceae and Plumbaginaceae species, including Plumbago capensis, Indigofera, Rynchosia, Vigna, Burkea, Mundulea, Melilotus, Crataegus, Quercus suber, Medicago sativa, Trifolium alexandrium, Arachis hypogaea, Lythrum, Calluna, Genista, Dorycnium, Lythrum salicaria, Calluna vulgaris, Onobrychis viciifolia, Ulex and Melilotus alba.

Leptotes pirithous.

Leptotes pirithous è una farfalla della famiglia Lycaenidae,qui vediamo la femmina mentre depone le uova.
La superficie dorsale delle ali è di colore blu violaceo nei maschi, bruno grigiastro con macchie violacee nella femmina. La superficie ventrale è in entrambi i sessi di colore biancastro, con macchie brune disposte secondo un disegno geometrico complesso. Le ali posteriori, che hanno una esile coda in corrispondenza della seconda nervatura cubitale, presentano due caratteristiche macchie nere contornate di verde e di arancio.
Può essere confusa con le seguenti specie: Lampides boeticus e Cacyreus marshalli.
E' presente in Africa del Nord, Europa meridionale e Asia minore.
In Italia è abbastanza comune in tutte le regioni, isole comprese.
Tra le specie vegetali preferite dalle larve ci sono diverse specie di Fabaceae (Melilotus officinalis, Melilotus alba), Lythraceae (Lythrum salicaria), Polygonaceaee (Polygonum aviculare), Plumbaginaceae (Plumbago spp.), Ericaceae (Calluna vulgaris).

samiran88, maaciejka, CeltickRanger, Hussain58, marius-secan, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To cobra112: .......lousat 1 07-09 08:25
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-08 14:48]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent macro of this 'up-side-down' butterfly in superb sharpness, details and beautiful light with colours which are very nicely contrasting agaianst the dark background.

  • Great 
  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2013-07-08 18:59]

Very nice macro. I like the colors and details. Stands out well against the BG.

Hello Luciano.
Superb picture.
great clarity, colour and composition.
best wishes,

Hi Luciano,
interesting butterfly. I like your composition and presentation. A lot of details!
Have a nice day,

Beautiful photo of this ovipositing butterfly Luciano! Excellent, composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Hello Luciano,
照的清晰 小灰蝶下蛋的情形
構圖美麗 背景漂亮

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-09 2:01]

Hello Luciano.
Fantastic, I love it, great image you made of it. Very well capured, very good composition, great colours.Regards Siggi

Mica c'era bisogno di arrivare in Tunisia per questo piccoletto...ah ah!! Dettaglio e sharp super. Colori brillanti. Bentornato.... eppoi sono io quello sempre in ferie....


  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-07-09 4:26]

Hi Luciano.
You have shown all features of the small beauty including attractive colouration perfectly. I like how well you have insert the image of the butterfly into light ray. Deep shadows around is very impressive. TFS and best regards.

Hello Luciano

Upside Down acrobatic pose of this butterfly,
with fine POV at its level, beautiful light
coming to the subject, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


Hello Luciano,

Hope life is good with the butterflies friend.I am back after quite some time an it is always good see friends posting as usual.
This is one hell of a classic but difficult shot but you have captured the butterfly with perfect focus and sharpness. The colours look exquisite,background as usual refreshing.
Thanks a lot for sharing....take care,

warm regards,


Hello Luciano,
Absolutely amazing capture with splendid natural colors and nice details. The light is great. Excellent capture of a very nice species of butterfly. Incredible sharp details. Lovely contrast against the green background! I never meet this gorgeous species!
Thanks for sharing!

Bonsoir Luciano,

Le papillon est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Azuré de la luzerne. La bonne luminosité rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


hallo Luciano
great sharpness and good details
i think see lay eggs on the plant

the colours are beautiful to with nice light

greeting lou

Ciao Luciano, gran bella femmina in ovoposizione, interessate macro, qualità splendida con ottima nitidezza, splendidi dettagli e bellissimi colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2013-07-09 17:34]

Hello Luciano!
As always your shot is amazing!Gorgeous colors and sharpness.I love the fine details on the wings.So well done!TFS
Thanks also for your lovely comments in my last upload.I appreciated it!
Best regards,

Very interesting species, superb capture!!! Best regards Luciano

Hi Luciano. The flash brought this out nicely. I love the leopard pattern of soft brown markings. It's a nice POV. TFS Luciano. Trevor

  • Great 
  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-07-13 10:06]

Beautiful specimen professionally captured. WEll done! Ishi

  • Great 
  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-07-23 8:45]

Hi Luciano,
wonderful photo of this lovely little butterfly,
I expect it to migrate in my country until the August !
Best regards my friend !

Calibration Check