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Brown argus (male)

Brown argus (male)
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-26 13:02
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
After the female, this is the male of Brown argus on a Cistus flower. This is one on my favourite photo taken last year on Ikaria island. Hope you will like it too!

Plebeius (Aricia) agestis Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775
Family : Lycaenidae
Common names: Brown argus [En], Collier de corail, Argus brun [Fr], Bruin Blauwtje [Nl], Çokgözlü Esmer [Tu], Szerecsen boglárka [Hu], Morena serrana [Es], Dunkelbrauner Bläuling [De], Modraszek agestis [Pl], Modráčik tmavohnedý [Sk], Modrásek tmavohnědý [Cz], Rödfläckig blĺvinge [Se], Rřdplettet blĺfugl [Dk], Rřdflekket blĺvinge [No], Голубянка бурая [Ru], Navadna rjavka [Si]

Unlike most other "blues", the Brown Argus has no blue scales on its upperside, being primarily brown in colour as its name suggests, although it does exhibit a blue sheen when at certain angles to the light. Both sexes have beautiful orange markings on the upperside of both forewings and hindwings.
This species occurs in small, compact colonies, and is not a great wanderer, only travelling a couple of hundred metres, at most, from where it emerged.

Like its close relative, the Common Blue, this species will roost communally on grass stems at night. In fact, the two species are sometimes found roosting together.
The Brown Argus and Common Blue can be differentiated from their undersides, since the Brown Argus lacks a spot on the underside of the forewing that is present in the Common Blue.
The Brown Argus and female Common Blue can be difficult to tell apart from their uppersides. However, the Brown Argus is completely lacking in blue scales, but may have a blue sheen. The highly-variable female Common Blue, on the other hand, always has some blue scaling, especially close to the body.

Habitat: The butterfly's traditional habitats are chalk and limestone grassland, but it also occurs in a range of other habitats with disturbed soils, including: coastal grassland and dunes, woodland clearings, heathland, disused railway lines, road verges, and more recently set-aside fields. Sheltered sites or slopes facing south or west are preferred.

Distribution: It is widespread and common across Europe as far north as Denmark and southern Sweden, across to the Middle East and Siberia, and also in North Africa. It has declined in a few western European countries, including in Belgium where it is a rare species [VU].

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To meyerd: Thanks DietrichCatherineD 1 03-28 00:54
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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-26 13:35]
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Hi Catherine.
The male of Brown argus is more beautiful like the female....and I am not misogynist.
Great and beautiful capture.

Hello Catherine,
There are a few of your photos, when I look at them, leaves me without words! this is one ... It's a POEM! bravo! congratulations! TFS, happy weekend, Jesús

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-26 14:06]

Hello Catherine,
A superb macro of a A. agestis.
The colours and sharpness are top class and I like th composition on the Cistus flower to make this a superb portrait of this attractive Lycaenid.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Ciao Catherine, lovely Brown argus on a beautiful flower, splendid sharpness, great details and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Catherine. Again you've captured warm colours with intrigant light. Excellente compo.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-26 22:26]

Hello Catherine
Wow! Superb! Wonderful composition, vivid colors and great details
Thanks for sharing
Have a nice week-end!

Interesante tratamiento de la luz y saturación de los colres a costa de desvirtuar ligeramente la realidad, pero con un efecto sorprendente. Muy buen encuadre.
Saludos Catherine: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Catherine
Wonderful this lovely butterfly!
Colors and details are fantastic.
Flower is lovely too!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-03-27 1:08]
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A lovely composition of colors and crisp details make this an outstanding capture. Well done, Catherine!

BTW, have your travel thru the Greek Islands taken you to Rhodes? I could use some orchid tips, if you have them.

Have a nice weekend,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-27 7:30]

Hi Catherine.
What a colourful and nice picture of a lovely butterfly on a fine flower. Details of the main subject are simply great and nicely colored and smoothed BG is a fine addition to it. My compliments and best wishes.
P.S. I am a bit late because I had not any green smile in the morning.

Hi Catherine,
it's with much pleasure I se this Plebeius. Sophisticated: the light on the animal is in part reflected from the flower. And it is a wild flower, not a garden variety. Taken all together with the technical mastery it makes for a highly successful portrait.

I learned that you will be in Turkey soon and meet Bayram there. Catherine, have a good time and many pleasant encounters there. I will be in Izmir too but only for the night of April 2, then I will bicycle towards the East.

Have fun and take care,

Olá Catherine

Bela composiçăo e cores maravilhosas.
Lindos detalhes da borboleta.
Grande abraço

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-03-28 0:24]

Slav catherîne,
This is very nice macro shot with warm colours and excellent sharpness.TFS.
Have a nice day

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-28 1:44]

Bonjour Catherine,
J'ai été pour échapper ŕ cette macro merveilleux.
Mais regardez les temps que je descoerit merveille!
Grande POV avec des détails extraordinaires.
Un bon dimanche,

Hi MF Cathy, awesome capture of this male. Yesterday i captured Anatololacerta:) We are in Dalaman now. So i have limited internet connection. Take care!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-29 4:56]

Bonjour Catherine,
Une image charmante et fine du Collier-de-corail (quel joli nom!). Le jeu de couleurs est superbe, le rose de la fleur de ciste et les couleurs terre se marient si bien. Belle présentation décentrée aussi.
Bonnes vacances aussi!

The soft warm background emphazies the argus nicely. You framed the subject in a manner that very pleasing. Well done Catherine. :)

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