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Copyright: Theodoros Limitsios (limier) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-27 6:01
Viewed: 4108
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Early in the morning, near my house in Lipinitsa I found this small blue-grey.
Really difficult to write about the true color. Near the legs is blue and all the other is grey.
This small beauty flew away after my first and only shot and thanks god is good.
According to Goran and thanks for that seems to be a Meleageria daphnis
Any help will be useful

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Hello Thodoris,

excellent clors, bg, POV DOF perfect details, very crisp, nicly composed and capture Photo,

TFS Kyle

Nice picture but I'm SURE it's not Celastrina argiolus. Unfortunatelly I'm not sure what is it but I'm sure what it isn't ;-)


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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-09-28 1:05]
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Hi Thodoris,
What a nice but intriguing picture as to ID you've got here! Shadows are always a problem and since you only got one chance this is great! I've been looking around for a while (we don't have this species in Scandinavia) and a qualified guess would be a male Meleageria/Polyommatus daphnis, which according to Mario Maier can loose its blue colouring completely south of the Alps. This is just a working hypothesis in case you want to go further in search of the ID until some of our knowledeagble friends on TN puts it straight for us. Here are also some pictures that remind me of your specimen: Butterflies of France. Good job, good luck and thank you for this challange,
P.S. Hope you'll find specimens from top view with opened wings next season for ID confirmation.

Hello Thodoris,
A lovely butterfly indeed!
Well framed from a good point of view, well done on sharpness & details...
Pleasant composition, nice colour combination!
Pablo -

Hello Thodoris,

a rather rare species of blues you have captured here:

I am sure it is a male of

Meleageria daphnis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Meleager's Blue

just as Goran (sgo) suggested.

Good details on your picture, but the shadow crossing the lower end of wings looks a bit distracting, while the bright sunshine on the rest of wings has caused some overexposure and lack of contrast there. Reasonably good documentary shot on a species that is rather rare and very shy.

Thank you! Best regards,

P.S.: For a quick reference on the ID, please check:



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