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Aricia artaxerxes / Mountain Argus

Aricia artaxerxes / Mountain Argus
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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: 2007-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-14 14:24
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Plebeius (Aricia) artaxerxes (Fabricius 1793)

Common English Name: Mountain Argus or Northern Brown Argus

This butterfly is found mostly in the mountains of Europe.
A. artaxerxes is closely related to A. agestis (Brown Argus).
For many years this species was considered to be a subspecies of the Brown Argus and has first been recognized as an independent species the past 20 years.
The 2 species can cross-breed and totally reliable species-characteristics are difficult to define.
The a main difference is the extent of orange on the uppersides. In artaxerxes this is greatly reduced or absent, in agestis it is extensive and usually reaches close to the apex.
It flies June-JulY in Europe in a single brood (A. agestis has two or more broods).


Distribuzione in Italia: Alpi e aree piů elevate degli Appennini.
In Sicilia questa specie č confinata in montagna, al di sopra dei 1000 metri, dove vivono popolazioni isolate.
Generazioni annuali: una sola con sfarfallamento degli adulti in luglio-agosto.

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Hello Marcello,
Very good light, colours, DOF and POV, perch, butterfly and so forth!

Buen documento Marcello en lo técnico, con una disposición del insecto interesante.
En lo artístico un derroche de colores simplemente genial. Los ocres y marrones bien combinados con blancos y el anaranjado como contrapunto.
Tengo vista alguna otra especie muy similar, por lo que tu toma es muy aleccionadora.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-14 14:56]

Hello Macello
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp iamge.Details are excellent.
TFS Michel

Very lively picture of this pretty butterfly, Marcello. I like the patterns and colours on the wings.
Good POV and clarity.

hello marcello,
fine capture of the blue butterfly, the small size of these butterfly makes it difficult to shoot but you have done it well here, liked the sharpness and the beautiful colours, the wing pattern is visible clearly,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Marcello,
A brilliant picture of Mountain Argus. Sharp focus and well illuminated. Beautiful natural color. TFS this fine image.

Hi Marcello,

a superb clarity & sharpness, exposing the b-fly beautiful colours & details under a perfect lighting. informative note too.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-14 23:24]

Hi Marcello,
I will be back with a proper critique.

Hello Marcello,

Wonderful shot. Great composition. Very good sharpness. And most of all, wonderful colours.

Hi Marcello,
A fine capture of this beautiful Mountain Argus. Excellent composition and details with a very good POV. Informative notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • drmw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 98] (1192)
  • [2008-02-15 1:06]

Hi Marcellus

Excellent photograph.

wish mine were like this.

regards Mike.

Hello Marcello,

This is so stunning. Sharp details and blends well with the surrounding. I like the way it perches on that flower and you are giving the subject enough space just in case it feel the needs to fly off.

Well done.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-15 2:10]

Hello Marcello,
Excellent macro of this beautiful Argus showing very clearly the markings on the underside. Beautiful colours too and I like its pose with a glimpse of the upper wing showing. Nice soft matching background and very well composed.
Many thanks, Ulla

Ciao Marcello, sembra quasi uscir fuori dallo schermo per quant'č nitida, bellissima e ben dettagliata, come al solito molto bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-15 7:14]

Ciao Marcello,
Excellent capture of A. artaxerxes to show the undersides of the wings of this fresh specimen. The shapness, lighting, colours and composition are all first class to show the species in a superb way.
A. artaxerxes flies at the same time in Sweden.
Grazie e saluti,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-15 7:33]

Ciao Marcello,
Bel macro!
I dettagli sono ottimi, e anche la composizion!
Ena :-)

Ciao Marcello,
This is a very fine close up of butterfly with a wonderful notes about it!
The exposure and focus is spot with total sharpness, real colour and details in the shot
a pleasing composition indeed

Very nice macro shot indeed,
excellent focus and great deeph of field, lovely natural colors and splendid soft lighting,
a great cheer for this one,

Hello Marcello,
Great shot of this small jewel.
You're really lucky living in butterfly Eden ;-D


Hello Marcello,

Another wonderful shot of this beautiful butterly with marvelous colours, nice comp., etc. friend!




Hi Marcello,
Excellent picture of this beautiful butterfly.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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