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Small Blue/Cupido minimus trinacriae

Small Blue/Cupido minimus trinacriae
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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: 2006-04-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-21 14:46
Viewed: 5333
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 28
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Cupido minimus (Fuessly, 1775)

Common English Name: Small Blue

Description. This is one of Europe's smallest butterflies and despite its common name not particularly blue. It measures little over 20mm in wingspan and is distinctive for this reason alone. Both sexes are rather dull brown on the upperside.The underside is silvery grey with numerous small black dots. Sexes differ little in size. Males show a blue suffusion at base of wings on both sides.

Flight time. It flies in April-July in a single brood.

Habitat. A colonial species found in calcareous and dune grassland. Adults fly low over the habitat. Males gather in tall vegetation waiting for females. Once mated females avoid males and remain close to feeding and egg-laying sites. Females lay on the flowerheads of Kidney Vetch Anthyllis vulneraria.

Distribution. From northern Spain to Greece and Scandinavia. In its northern range it is missing from large areas. Absent from the Mediterranean islands except Sicily.
In Sicily flies Cupido minimus trinacriae Verity, 1919. Very small (wingspan: 14-18 mm) and upperside dark, only an occasional blue scale, occurs in late April-May, from sea level to 1000m.



* Higgins L, Hargreaves B (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. - Collins, London.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-21 14:57]

Hi Marcello
Magnificent shot with perfect details and a great composition!
I love it!
Thank you very much for sharing.
Merry Christmas!

tres jolie macro de ce papillon, belles couleurs nettes , tres bons détails, en fait focus parfait
bravo et merci du partage

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-21 16:05]

Hello Marcello,
Beautiful picture, composition and details are fantastic, very good DOF.
I really like this POV, looks great!
best wishes,

G’day Marcello
Beautiful image. Excellent exposure, focus, detail, and DOF. Well done!
TFS Paul

Hello Marcello,
Very beautiful close-up shot of this Small Blue you present here!
Outstanding focusing and details here, with nice POV.
Beautiful and lovely shot from you.
TFS and best wishes,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

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  • Ric Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 20] (146)
  • [2007-12-22 0:13]

Fantástica toma nos muestras Marcello.
Bonito encuadre y bien de luz (le falta algo de luz en la cabeza).
Buen trabajo.

Hi Marcello,
A beautiful capture of this small blue butterfly. Very good details and composition. Wishing you a Merry Christmas. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Marcello,

Very nice composition. Great sharpness. Nice exposure and beautiful natural colours.


Ciao Marcello,
Happy Christmas and many thanks for this lovely picture of a small blue. You have got very close and produced wonderful detail, with excellent colours. Bravo. I'll put this in my favourites with many other Lycaenids. Thanks.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-22 5:13]

Bonjour Marcello,
Oui, il est beau le Cupido minimus que je vois souvent aussi sur les prairies alpines. Quelque fois la partie supérieure a même un très beau reflet coloré.
Joyeux Noël à toi et à ta famille et encore merci pour toutes tes contribution remarquables

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-22 6:01]

Buongiorno Marcello,
you clearly show Cupido 'maximus' here - the small butterfly really enlarged. Even on the wings of this small species rows of scales are clearly visible. Colours appear very natural. Beautiful composition and light.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Marcello
Very nice shot of this tiny Blue :o)
Perfect focusing,BG and composition,

Merry Christmas

Eh le mogli, Marcello, anche la mia se le metto la macro di un ragno in camera da letto mi caccia di casa, mah.....
Splendid farfalle mai vista prima e anche se la vedevo la scambiavo per P.icarus, ottima nitidezza e bei dettagli, bravo, Buon Natale anche a te e Famiglia, ciao Silvio

Ciao Marcello,
scatto ben riuscito. Dal punto di vista della composizione avrei lasciato più spazio a sinistra. Comunque ottimo documento.

Atrevido encuadre aunque bien resuelto. Bonita postura de las antenas. Una foto interesante como muchas sobre Lycaenidae.
Un abrazo Marcello: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

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