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|Only this butterfly from my last trip in Tunisia,but a first time for me and my gallery.|
Polyommatus celina is a species of Lepidoptera of the family Lycaenidae and the subfamily Polyommatinae. This cryptic species was separated from the 2000s by Polyommatus icarus, which it replaces in North Africa and parts of southwestern Europe.The celina taxon has been described by the French entomologist Jules Léon Austaut in 1879 as Lycaena celina. The typical locality is Sidi Bel Abbes, in Algeria.
This taxon has long been considered a North African synonym or subspecies of Polyommatus icarus. From the 2000s, molecular phylogeny studies have shown that Polyommatus celina is a distinct species of P. icarus, which is not even its sister species, and that P. celina is also present in some of the western Mediterranean islands ( where it replaces P. icarus) and in the Iberian Peninsula (where both species are parapatric and show signs of introgression). The presence of Polyommatus celina is attested in North Africa (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia), the Canary Islands, in central and southern mainland Spain, in the Balearic Islands (Menorca and Mallorca), in Sardinia, in Sicily and on Lipari Island
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Ciao Luciano, bella africana, uguale alla icarus, ma specie diversa, vola anche in sicilia, macro al solito di gran qualità e specie interessante, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
- [2019-10-01 21:05]
Here my hands move up to catch full and avoid the leaf in front, beautiful catch very good sharpness and TFS.
Not a bad photo, but - in my opinion - not on the high standard we often get from you. I understand this was the first time you saw this species, it's always a unique occasion, so I'm talking about the aesthetic side of the image only. The out of focus leave is distracting as it's too large in the frame and is hiding the entire body of the butterfly. A pity, because sharpness is fine on the wings and the exposure seems good as well.
Kind regards from Ireland, László
It's always nice to find a new species. Quite well captured this beauty in its natural habitat. Details looks good as well as exposure. I'm happy to see it's clear eye contact here.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,
Les feuilles cadrent bien l'insecte. La prise de vue permet d evoir les détails du papillon Polyommatus celina. La lumière fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.