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Leptotes open wings

Leptotes open wings
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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
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-03 16:11
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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).

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-08-03 18:43]

Hello Luciano,
A wonderful opened wing image of this pretty little Blue. You have presented it in excellent detail and beautiful natural colors. I like the pleasant lighting and attractive composition. The way the wings are held it almost looks like it is in mid flight. Great job!!

Ciao Luciano, uno spettacolo, ad ali così completamente aperte è difficilissimo trovarla, gran bella femmina, macro di gran qualità per dettagli, nitidezza e colori, bravissimo, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
取景角度特別也很好看 顏色很亮麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-08-03 23:22]

Hello Luciano,
great capture of this so small butterfly from blue family, the DOF is precise and the focus is spot on. the oof dark BG loks great, nice composition too,well done,Regards Siggi

Hello Luciano,
Excellent composition,fine details and lovely PoV.
Best regards,

hello Luciano
great sharpness and good details of this beauty
i like this pose with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello luciano,
Beautiful picture of this Common Zebra Blue Butterfly.it's really nice to see different types of colour on its body.Nice POV with open wings.sharpness is also splendid.As usual BG is Soothing for eyes.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Luciano,
What a beautiful butterfly.
Great color and details.Nice composition and timing.
Nice point of view,
Thanks for sharing.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-08-04 10:09]

Hi Luciano,
A very nice close-up of this butterfly.
Nice sharp with lots of details in amazing colors.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Luciano,
A Beautiful composition of this Common Zebra Blue. Sharp detail with beautiful natural colors captured from a perfect POV. You made a perfect choice with the exposure and white balance my friend. Excellent work and note. Enjoy your week.
Best regards,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2013-08-04 12:38]

Bonsoir Luciano,

Excellente capture de ce papillon, j'aime bien les détails des ailes.
Superbe couleurs et lumière, POV et DOF magnifique.
Du travail parfait et très belle composition, merci pour le partage.
Une excellente semaine,

Bonjour Luciano,

Les feuilles aident au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Azuré de la luzerne. La bonne luminosité rehuasse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2013-08-05 12:08]

Ciao Luciano!

eheheheh...here in my country we say "who is alive always comes up"!So,here am I!Thanks for your lovely comments in my last pic!You are always kind to me ;)
Very nice pic showing this strange leptotes...Great job!TFS
Best wishes from,

Hello, a splendid macro photo with fine composition and great details! Excellent capture!


Questo è una bomba! Colori e luce spettacolari. Io proseguo la vacanza..... Ah.. Ah!!!


Hello Luciano

Excellent macro of this butterfly in its
acrobatic pose over the leafs, fine POV,
with a very beautiful soft light,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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