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Female Common Blue.

Female Common Blue.
Photo Information
Copyright: Nikos Nikolaou (nikosrio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 829] (4846)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-29
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-04 3:28
Viewed: 2871
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.
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.

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Yasu Nikos
this is great not only for blue butterfly, but also beautiful plant.sharp details and other features great. especially light using wonderful. thanks for sharing this beauty. kala mera

Hello Nikos,
a very beautiful picture of a female Common Blue, very good sharpness, splendid warm colours and light, excellent POV and composition, i like very much this BG.
Best regards
Have a good weekend

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-04 3:52]

Hi Nikos,fantastic as usual,the sharpness and the colors are fantastic,very nice the strange color of background too,another pearl in your wonderful gallery.My best compliments,you're my prefered on TN,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-04 4:09]

Yes, Nikos, your capture is great.
Details are wonderful, colors very natural, all are best!

Buen trabajo con la luz, pero sobre todo con los colores ya que tienen un punto de saturación muy atractivo.
Saludos Nikos: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Nikos. Fantastic compo and POV. Amazing natural colours and super sharp. Great BW. Best complimentes!



I love the colors and color contrast in the picture.
simply superb shot.

Hi Nikos.
Very good composition with splendid colors.
Name of butterfly must be "Plebeius agestis" Brown argus.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2009-09-04 5:51]

Hi Nikos
Excellent macro work.Nice colours good composition and sharpness.
Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Nikos!

A "blue" in perfect pose, equipped with very good colors and big details of the insect and the flower... and.. that fund! that found MF!... for a championship!

TFS and Happy WE!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-04 8:33]

Beautiful Blue perched on pretty flowers, great composition and unbelievable background with f14.0. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-04 10:27]

Hello Nikos,
The clarity in this photo is superb. Beautiful warm colours, also in the OOF BG. Excellent sharpness and details. Good composition. The flower gives this photo the fine contrast.

Hello Nikos,

Very good presentation from this butterfly with good pov, dof, sharpness, bg and details.
Fine colours.


Hi Nikos,

Wow, what a perfect capture of the Common Blue 'in action'! Great details are shown in the picture with natural colors. The sharpness and POV being the perfect. Well done!

Have a nice weekend.

best regards,
Paras Bhalla

Gia sou file Nikos,

A superb macro capture of this female common blue in a deligjtful composition and warm colours.
TFS and have nice WE!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-04 12:40]

Hello Nikos
Wonderful capture with vivid colors and great details

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-09-04 12:43]

Hello Nikos,

excellent macro, very nice details and sharpness.
Great colors and colors.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a good week end.

Thank you very much by your comment.
You have obtained to a beautiful composition of P. icarus, especially the tonality of the BG.
Best regards.

Excellent photos, great details and sharpness!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-09-05 14:54]

Hello Nikos.
Very beautiful image.
Nice point of view, clean background, colour, details, composition.
Great work.

Ciao Nikos, wonderful diagonal composition with lovely little butterfly, fantastic colors, perfect focus, fine details, splendid blurry BG and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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