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Polyommatus icarus


Polyommatus icarus
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Copyright: john vantighem (john1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm 30exr, Kenko Extension Tube For C/AF 12,20,36mm, Sandisk Ultra II 4Gb
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-01 11:56
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As its name suggests, this butterfly is the commonest blue found in the British Isles. While the male has bright blue uppersides, the female is primarily brown, with a highly variable amount of blue.
This species has 2 broods in the southern counties of England, and 1 brood further north. There may be a 3rd brood in favourable years. Time of emergence is highly variable. In good years, adults may be seen as early as the middle of May on more southerly sites. These peak at the end of May, giving rise to a second generation that emerges in the second half of July, peaking in the middle of August. Colonies in northern England and Scotland typically have a single brood that emerges in June, reaching a peak in July.


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