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Common Blue


Common Blue
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Copyright: Anne Marie Bokslag (amb1946) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 13] (54)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-14 7:40
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
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.

Found this one on Crete, somewhere between Rethymno and Chania.


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