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Common blue female

Common blue female
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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: 2005-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, Butterflies II, European butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-10 17:57
Viewed: 5084
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the female part of the last picture I placed on TN. Polyommatus icarus female /Common Blue female / Gemeiner Bläuling oder Hauheckel-Bläuling / L'Argus Bleu ou L'Azuré de la bugrane / Icarus blauwtje.

Wing length 14-18 mm. The upper side of the male is blue, the female is brown, but can vary a lot in the amount of aditional blue. On the under side of the upper wings there are two, sometimes very small, spots near the base of the wings.

Flying time:
From the end of May untill early July and from medio July untill early September.

Common on practically all kinds of grasslands.

Foodplant caterpillar:
Small Fabaceae, in particular Lotus corniculatus.

As can be read from its name, the Common Blue is one of the most common Blues in Europe. It can be found anywhere from the Canary Islands up to the Arctic areas of Scandinavia and Finland.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-11 3:48]

I love this little lady, so pretty and blue. Different pose, a little soft, but she still looks great. Well done Harm, TFS

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-12-11 4:55]

Very good photo of this Lycaenidae!
Excelent colours and details!
Also common in Portugal.
Excelent BG too!
5* photo!

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