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Celastrina argiolus


Celastrina argiolus
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, Nikon 55-200mm DX AF-S Lens
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-27 0:18
Viewed: 771
Points: 4
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Celastrina argiolus LINNAEUS, 1758
Lepidoptera - LYCAENIDAE
Common name: Holly blue

Celastrina argiolus is a very widely distributed species, found throughout the temperate regions of Europe and other continents.The distinctive black wing-tips of the female ensure that it can't be mistaken for any other European species, but the male can be confused in flight with the Common Blue, which also sometimes flies in scrubby habitats. The underside of the Holly Blue however is quite different, being a highly reflective silvery blue, with tiny black dots and dashes.

Habitat: C. argiolus is adapted to utilise a wide range of common larval foodplants including non-native ornamental species. Consequently it can be found in gardens and city parks as well as at woodlands etc.

Host plants: Rubus sanctus, Hedera helix, Pyracantha, Rhamnus sp etc.

This adult was found on a dense fence of Rubus sanctus flying high on the top flowers, not easy to reach it properly for shooting.


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Ciao Nikos, great macro of lovely butterfly, nice composition, excellent clarity, wonderful color and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-28 15:53]

Hi Nikos,a bit distant but a very good capture,the sharpness is excellent and the exposure too,a classic scene available on the rubus flowers in my country too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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