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Head Down Blue

Head Down Blue
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax Optio 550
Exposure: f/7.7, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 8:49
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Points: 2
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Lycaeides idas The Idas Blue

Following yesterday's 'head down' Ringlet, here is a similar pose and a similar POV for a male Idas Blue. It is also on a pink flower, but this time its Clover, I think. The picture has been dropped, resized and selectively sharpened.

Range: W. Europe including Fennoscandia to Altai Mts. Range spmewhat uncertain owing to confusion with L. argyronomon.

Description: Male forewing 14/16mm, like P. argus, but fore tibia without spine; upperside bright blue, both wings with caharcteristic narrow black borders; underside ground colour pale grey, often with a yellowish tint, but variable, markings generally small and rather inconspicuous; underside black marginal spots with blue-green pupils. Female upperside brown with or without basal blue flush, orange sub-marginal lunules often prominent especially on upperside hindwing; underside ground colour pale brown with markings often larger, orange marginal bands brighter and more expensive.

Flight: June/July with a single brood in North and Central Europe, usually two broods in the South.

Habitat: Rough ground and mountain slopes from lowlands to 4,000 feet. Larval food plants various Leguminosae. The larvae are associated symbiotically with ants e.g. Lasius niger, Formica cinerea, etc., and pupate within their nests where they also hibernate.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-04 11:38]

Hello Alan,

There is such afine contrast between the colors of the butterfly and the bacground. You ahev chosen agood POV showing well wings pattern.

Thank you for sharing,

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