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Polyommatus icarus

Polyommatus icarus
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-15 0:24
Viewed: 2313
Points: 40
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The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.
Appearance, behaviour and distribution
Male uppersides are an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown with a row of red spots along the edges. They usually have some blue at the base of the wings and, especially in Ireland and Scotland, are mostly blue but always have the red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and more brownish in the females. Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings (extending onto the forewings though generally fainter, particularly in the males where they are sometimes missing altogether). There are about a dozen black centered white spots on the hind wings, nine on the forwings. The white fringe on the outer edge of the wings is not crossed with black lines as it is in the Chalkhill and Adonis Blues, an important difference when separating these species, particularly the females.
It is Britain's (and probably Europe's) most common and most widespread blue, found as far north as Orkney and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings and also many man made habitats, anywhere where their food plants are found.

It is widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.
Recently, Polyommatus icarus was discovered in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada by Ara Sarafian. An amateur entomologist, he had been observing the butterfly from 2005 to 2008. He contacted the Canadian National Collection of Insects in Ottawa where the butterfly was identified as P. icarus, a new alien butterfly to Canada and North America. The butterfly seems to be well established and is extending its range from year to year. (Wikipedia)

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-15 0:49]

Hallo Siggi,
Excellent this macro. Details extraordinary and superb colors. Beautiful species of butterfly.
have a pleasant Sunday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-15 1:25]

Hello Siegfried,
For the first time in a few days I can reach TN. I hope all problems are solved now.
Very beautiful contrasting colours in this photo. Excellent sharpness, details, POV and composition. Very nice OOF BG.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-15 2:22]

Hello Siegfried
Nicely photographed common blue with excellent details and composition.
TFS and R's,

Hi Siggi,
Bläulinge sind immer wieder sehenswert - und liebenswert, sie sind so putzig mit ihren Stupsnäschen und den gestreiften Fühlern. Auf der gelben Blume sitzend haben wir alle Farben vereint, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Witam Siggi!
Bardzo kolorowa fotka! Milo ogladac takie zdjecia, gdy za oknem szaro i deszczowo :)
Takze notka jest ciekawa.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie!

Ciao Siggi, lovely little butterfly against a beautiful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Forzado pero acertado encuadre. Bellos y naturales colores. Falta algo de nitidez.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Hello Siegfried
Excellent close-up shot of this butterfly on yellow daisies with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

Hello Siggi,

A beautiful capture with lovely colors & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG. Well taken & TFS.


hello Siegfried
a super sharpnesscomposition
veru good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-15 8:50]

Hi Siegfried, This Common Blue is a fine picture from the warm summer . You were able to take this one with fine detail and sharp focusing. Your use of the light has given rich colours. I like the pose on the bright yellow flowers. well taken TFS.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-15 9:01]

Hallo Siggi,
How nice, a little butterfly, composition ...
Sharp detail and vibrant colors are very nice.In the background ...
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-15 9:28]

Hello Siggi,
A very nice macro of a male P. icarus taken with its wings closed with excellent sharpness, lighting and colours to be well composed on the yellow flowers againsy a fine neutral BG.
A fine portrait of this common blue and TFS it.
Have a good week,

Hello Siegfried,
Wonderful macro with superb colours and amazing good details.
Excellent blurred background.

Hi MF Siggi,

Great macro capture from wonderful POV with nice DOF, clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice week MF!


Hallo Siegfried,

A superb macro capture of the beautiful butterfly with colorful details!
The textures are wonderful. I like the sharpness and POV here with great natural colors. A great composition!

Beste Gruesse,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-11-15 14:00]

Witaj Siggi,
Kontrastowe zolte kwiaty ozywiaja kompozycje przy pastelowych kolorach motyla i tla. Fajnie popatrzecgdy za oknem mamy zimno i nagi krajobraz.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-15 23:29]

Hallo Siegfried,
Very nice close up.Sharpness,clearity,details and colurs are wonderful.Very well done!
Have a great week and thanks for posting..

Hello Siegfried
a fine capture of this Common Blue with wonderful colors and great sharpness
i like the composition with this beautiful yellow flowers in the corner and the great blurred BG
Have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-16 16:03]

Hi Siegfried,
very pretty indeed of this butterfly in tis excellent sharpness. The colours are so outstanding . I like it pose up and the big eyes.
Very lively and sgile, with the beauty of this yellow flowers, your capture is exciting and pleasant.


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