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Rare form of Polyommatus icarus

Rare form of Polyommatus icarus
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-25 11:43
Viewed: 4599
Points: 30
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Polyommatus icarus (Rottemburg, 1775)/Common Blue
form icarinus

This very common butterfly, varies from place to place or from year to year on the same habitat. Certain years it resembles P. bellargus.
There is a great difference between icarus females from dry, sandy terrain and those from fertile valleys.
Weather variations from cool, humid to warm, dry weather can have a large effect on the appearance of icarus in certain years.

This common butterfly can be confused with other species unless the cell-spot on underside forewing is noticed (see this photo by Ulla (uleko)).
This male belongs to the rare form icarinus without the cell spot on the forewing underside.

batu, MMM, Necipp, dejo, haraprasan, uleko, javig, boreocypriensis, phlr, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-25 11:49]

Buongiorno Marcello,
Lycaenides are always welcome and rewarding objects. You show all their nice properties very well, the hairy body, the antennae and the beautiful colour pattern. I like the natural colours and the natural environment.
Best wishes, Peter
P.S. Tomorrow, I will probably also post a Lycaenide picture.

Hello Marcello,
Wonderful image. Very good light. Sharp butterfly. Very nice colours. Good POV. Tonal curve okay.
Well done overall

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-25 13:13]

Eheheheh sei tornato subito al tuo amore...bellissima come sempre,ciao Luciano

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-25 14:11]

Hi Marcello,
great capture of this rare form of this butterfly!
Very sharp with good clarity and detail.
The patterns and colours are very nice.
Superb DOF and BG.
Well done my friend.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-25 15:31]

Hello Marcello
Very nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Light and details are good.
TFS Michel

Hello Marcello nice light and good pov, DOF, nice colour. tfs rgds Necip

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-25 19:02]

Hi Marcello,
beautiful butterfly captured in great details and colors, fantastic work, I like the frame and nice natural colors
great work
best regards, Dejan

Hi Marcello,
This common butterfly is not common here at my place. A nice captured. Very well composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ti aspettavo al varco, Marcello, sono sempre ansioso di vedere quel che ci proponi, hai ragione icarus è comune anche dalle mie parti e tu tiri fuori la rara forma icarinus, sei grande, splendida macro di quest farfalla del cielo ed al solito ottima nota, quando dici che può essere confusa con altre specie mi son fischiate le orecchie, a me è capitato e me l'hai corretta proprio tu, buon week end e splendide foto, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-26 2:22]

Hello MArcello,
Very interesting to see this rare form of P. icarus. Excellent capture showing the underside markings very sharply. Beautiful natural colours too and I like the matching colours of the background. Thank you for referring to my previous post!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • javig Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 20] (134)
  • [2008-01-26 4:56]

Ciao Marcello,

very good photo, I don't know this form of P. icarus whitout cell spot, Lycaenidae are very complycated

Thanks for sharing,


Hi Marcello,
Nice capture of a such beatiful rare form of this butterfly. Well done. TFS.

Ciao Marcello, bloccaggio de Nizza di tale forma rara beatiful di questa farfalla. Pozzo fatto. TFS. Saluti, Bayram

Bonjour Marcello
Très belle prise, couleurs, netteté, contraste et lumière. Très beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-01-26 10:53]

it's a beauty Marcello,
fantastic composition, good pov and a nice dof, realy a qualityjob, have a nice evening.
gr. jaap

Hi Marcello,
perfectly well detailed, well lighted presentation of this rare form of P. icarus that most certainly would have confused me when trying to identify it.
Enjoying your well informing, highly educational presentations.
My best regards,

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