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Polyommatus semiargus

Polyommatus semiargus
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-23 9:12
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 12
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Polyommatus semiargus / Klaverblauwtje / Mazarine Blue / Rotklee-Bläuling oder(Violetter)Waldbläuling / L'Argus Violet ou Le Demi-Argus ou L'Azuré des anthyllides.

The Mazarine Blue (Polyommatus semiargus) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. Its size ranges anywhere from 28-34mm and can live at altitudes up to 2200m.

The Mazarine Blue's population is distributed throughout continental Europe, even reaching into the Arctic Circle, Asia and Middle East. A population of the butterfly used to reside in Britain until the population became extinct in 1904. Recently though the Mazarine Blue's numbers have been declining in European range (particularly Scandinavia) and the reason currently remains unclear.

The main plant the butterfly feeds off of is Red Clover and other species of Trifolium. Its habitats are meadows, pastures, grasslands and flowery areas.

The male Mazarine Blue's wings are a deep blue color and are slightly larger in diameter than the female's wings. The female Mazarine Blue is a brown color. In both sexes of the butterfly the Mazarine Blue lack orange markings and have a dark violet or brown body color. The butterfly has been compared to the Common Blue, and the Grecian Helena subspecies which has orange markings. Their flight time is from May to August.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazarine_Blue"


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good focus nice colors good DOF

Hello Harm
Very nice shot of this tiny Butterfly,
Great compo and BG,Excellent work.

Good Luck

Hello Harm.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-23 15:49]

Magnifique ensemble très décorarif.
Bonne journée.

Una estupenda imagen Harm. Los colores son fabulosos, así como el POV y el DOF.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-25 4:55]

Extraordinary shot!
Just beautiful and very well done!
My compliments and TFS.

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