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Celastrina argiolus

Celastrina argiolus
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Copyright: Ingrid Ugussi (Skye) Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 15] (72)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-27
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-24 5:33
Viewed: 3471
Points: 6
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Celastrina argiolus (Linneatus 1758)
En: Holly Blue
It: Piccolo argus
Hr: Anđeoski plavac

This butterfly belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family and is native to Eurasia and North America.
Male holly blues have sky-blue upper wings with narrow, black borders, whereas females have broad, dull black borders. In both sexes the under wings are palest blue, almost white, with black spots.
It is widespread and common in NW Africa and most of the Europe.
In spring females lay their eggs at the base of flower buds on holly bushes. Later in the year females use ivy bushes, as well as sometimes spindle, dogwood and heathers.
The caterpillars are usually green, but some may be camouflaged with pinky stripes. They feed on wide range of plants like: Rubus fruticosus, Filipendula ulmaria, Spartium junceum, Medicago sativa, Robinia pseudoacacia, Humulus lupulus, Erica arborea, Arbutus unedo, Ilex aquifolium, Hedera helix etc. They probably pupate on or near the ground and are likely to be tended by ants. This species overwinters as a chrysalis, with adults emerging in April.
Adults drink oozing sap, aphid honeydew and carrion juices.We can see adults between April and June then August and September. Caterpillars between May and June then August and September.

Photo taken with Canon EOS 400D and Tamron 90mm, f2.8 Macro animal was feeding on Scabiosa.

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Hi Ingrid, a great welcome on TN, beautiful macro with little butterfly, elegant composition with nice flower, good contrast against dark BG, wonderful light and splendid natural colors, excellent sharpness, perfect focus and fine details, very well done, friendly Silvio

Hi Ingrid,

A beautiful picture, it is an one beautiful lycaenidae, very well attracted with enough light to project good details. beautiful vertical composition, good work!

Regards & a warm welcome to TN!


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-08-24 23:41]

Hello Ingrid,

what a splash you make for a start on TN! Wonderful composition, sharpness, light. And a Blue not seen often.I like the fact that you add a careful note to the picture. Very well done, Ingrid. I encourage you to continue publishing your treasures on TN, welcome aboard the strange but friendly ship called TN!

My best regards

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