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Mazarine Blue

Mazarine Blue
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-16 12:49
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Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
i have taken this shot on a meadow during a walk for going to the lake
i think the ID is correct but i am not sure at 100%
in workshot , you can see the upperside of male and femelle

Mazarine Blue

France : demi-argus ou Azuré des anthyllides
Germany : Violetter waldblaüling

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. It seems to prefer places which are not fertilized and not used for fodder production.

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.

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Bonjour Jacqueline,

Beautiful macro shot of the adorable butterfly!
The sharpness and POv are very nice and the DOF is fine too. The colors of the butrterfly are very natural and they give great contrast to the blurry green BG. The eyes and antennae of the butterfly are well shown. Very well seen!

PS: pardon me, as I can't help you in right identification of this butterfly but to my knowledge you are right.

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

Hi Jacqueline,

A marvelous close-up shot of this pretty b-fly in a wonderful composition. Colours and clarity are superb MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-16 13:01]

Hello Jacqueline,
Great shot of this Blue, and a beautiful flower too.Very good details and colour, DOF is perfect as is exposure.
Best regards Siggi

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-08-16 13:02]
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Hello Jacqueline, excellent close up of this colourful butterfly with nice composition and details.
TFS and G's,

Super shot of this butterfly Jacqueline.
Great quality!

Hello Jacqueline, this is excellent shot of this beautiful mazarine blue with nice composition and lovely pastel colours.
TFS and regards,

Bonjour Jacqueline,
nice point of view and composition. Unfortunately, the butterfly is not really sharp
and the background is rather noisy. I wonder that my pre-viewers did not notice that.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Jacqueline,

A lovely & beautiful shot with vivid colors, details & nice POV. TFS.

Bon Soir


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-16 13:33]

Wonderful capture this Mazarine Blue on the clover.
I have never succeeded a good capture whit this butterfly, but I keep hope ...
Great sharpness, natural colors too, lovely capture.
Best regards, Horia

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  • yasemin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 379] (1578)
  • [2009-08-16 13:49]
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Hello Jacqueline.
Attractive colors and good close up...
Wonderful composition too...

You are, indeed, MOST FORTUNATE to be able to leave your home,like you say "...have taken this shot on a meadow during a walk for going to the lake", for a walk and obtain such MARVELOUS images; and, yes, I did see the ones,3, in the workshop too. WHAT A BOUNTY!!!
Plus, the images are PERFECT not only of your subjects but also the background.
Greetings from COLD COLD CANADA from Mario.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-16 14:11]

Slav Jacqûelîne,
Very good macro shot of this beautiful butterfly on the flower in nice pose.Sharpness,details,colors and POV are very nice.Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day.

ciao Jacqueline!
an excellent composition with soft atmosphere of light and nice details of the little lycaenidae on the flower Trifolio in the meadow....

greetings sERGIO

Hello Jacqueline,
a wonderful picture of the Mazarine Blue taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness and bright colours, i like this splendi composition with a marvellous BG.
Best regards

Bonito conjunto de la mariposa y el trébol. Quizás demasiada tonalidad amarilla en el conjunto, pero por lo demás interesante documento.
Saludos y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Jacqueline,

this is a lovely capture! Very nice composition with superb framing. Nice focus. Very well done


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-17 0:34]

Hello Jacqueline,
Although there's a little bit of noise in the BG, this is a very beautiful photo. Almost like a painting. The pastel colours are gorgeous. Excellent composition and POV.

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Votre composition est trés agreable avec des teintes douces et harmoieuses.Bon BG et bonne lumiere aussi. Le piqué de l'aile est bien reussi. il est magnifique dans cette position.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-17 3:20]

Hi Jacqueline,
a lovely shot and very soft bckground giving the impact to the visual. I like the harmony between the colours of the butterfly and the background. the sharpness is excellent too.
Well done.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-08-17 3:45]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
A very nice little butterfly and composition ...
Very beautiful color and detail.Too the simple background.
Best wishes,

Hi Jacqueline

Beautiful image, great detail and really nice colours that are really nicely complimented by the lovely BG colour.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-17 8:40]

Salut Jacqueline,j'aime beaucoup les petits papillons de cette famille,une photo et une composition de grande classe et de tres haute qualite',la lumiere aussi a fait la difference! Mes compliments et bonne soiree',Luciano

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-08-17 8:50]

Bonjour Jacqueline,

J'aime beaucoup le choix des couleurs de cette tendre photo! Belle harmonie! Tout en douceur. Pourtant, la photo a été prise à 15h00, et le soleil était encore bien haut! Ton arrière plan est aussi bien réussi, et il met le sujet délicatement en évidence. Bravo pour le travail!
Au plaisir


Au plais

Hello Jacqueline,
Mazarine Blue is one of my favourite butterflies. you greatly captured it with great sharp details, splendid colors, BG.
it is also great as flower macro. great work indeed.
thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi jacqueline,

Beautiful picture, with POV enough open, the insect's environment can be appreciating. The fund is very good, the neat of the close-up is pride. I love these butterflies lycaenidas; it is never easy to photograph them. Good work, TFS!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-17 12:18]

Hello Jacqueline,
Though not the best specimen, as it is worn, it is a good capture of a Mazarine Blue taken from a fine POV to show the closed wings with fair sharpness against a pleasing BG. The clover flower is well portrayed too.
I think in this composition the clover flower looks as important as the butterfy.
Thanks and have a good week,

hello Jacqueline
great composition with beautiful colours and good sharpness
greeting lou

Hallo Jacqueline,
klasse Bilgestaltung mit gutem Licht und schönen Farben. Die Schärfe könnte noch einen Tick besser sein und man kann leichtes Bildrauschen im Hintergrund sehen. Trotzdem ist das Bild sehr sehenswert und zusammen mit dem nützlichen Text ein gelungener Beitrag. Vielen Dank.
Beste Grüsse,

Hi Jacqueline,

an nice picture from this butterfly and the clover.
Good pov, bg, dof and sharpness.
Beurififul warm colours.


Good POv and light for this little butterfly. Excellent light's work. TFS Jacqueline!


Hi Jacqueline,
Beautiful photo of this tiny butterfly. The butterfly is well seen against off background. POV and composition are great.

Hello Jacqueline,

Excellent capture of this beautiful butterfly.
Nice colours with great details.
Light,focus and shrpness are superb.
Good composition.

bonjour Jacqueline

c'est l'une de tes plus belles photos natures,
c'est comme une photo NATURE MORTE,
avec une jolie et douce tonalité des couleurs
et de la luminosité de l'image, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-20 7:04]

Hello Jacqueline,
Beautiful composition showing the little Blue on a Red Clover flower, both being sharply in focus. Great details and beautiful colours too. Well done.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hallo Jacqueline
These dainty little butterflies is always such a pleasure to look at, and I stand amazed and often wonder how everything can function to its best in this small body structure. To me it always looks as they also want to tumble over, like in your image. I like the different shades of powdery colours captured on the wings, it displays well against the green background. The flower in your image is very interesting to look at. It has a very untidy appearance, but on the other hand it is rather eye-catching. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Jacqueline, elegant little butterfly on a beautiful flower, splendid colors, wonderful blurry BG, great sharpness and good details, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Jacqueline
after big absence, I returned…
I am glad that I see again your photos...
this is splendid photo, as drawing
TFS and regards

Bonsoir Jacqueline.

Bravo pour cette magnifique réalisation. J'apprécie tout particulièrement la qualité de la composition qui met en œuvre la plante, avec ses feuilles et sa fleur sur laquelle vient délicatement se poser le papillon. Belles couleurs de ce dernier, avec une belle netteté et un bon contraste. Bel effet d'ombre projetée des antennes du papillon sur les folioles. Notice d'accompagnement très instructive. Un grand merci pour le partage de cette prise de vue.

A bientôt.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-10-08 18:54]

Hello Jacqueline,
I have come to the realization you must be a very patient person, you get such wonderful macro images of butterflies and I can't even get close to them.
Great work Jacqueline.

Hello Jacqueline,

Seems like the pretty butterfly really enjoys the clover!
Excellent details in the insect, good point of view on level with the eyes...
Attractive colour palette, macro work well done with accurate focus!

Pablo -

Hi Jacqueline,
A great two layerd image formed and the correct exposure portraying the flowers intricate datails and the butterflies unique colouration.

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