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to all my friends for my 2nd year on TN


to all my friends for my 2nd year on TN
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Copyright: Livio Carroccia (livius) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 422] (1639)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50 Digital SLR, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-18 5:41
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Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A tutti i miei amici che in questi due anni mi hanno aiutato nel migliorarmi con il loro supporto e dimostrando di apprezzare le mie foto e di metterci sempre il massimo della passione.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Polyommatus
Species: P. icarus

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

Appearance, behaviour and distribution

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.
It is Britain's (and probably Europe's) most common and most widespread blue, found as far north as Orkney and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings and also many man made habitats, anywhere where their food plants are found.
It is widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.
Recently, Polyommatus icarus was discovered in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada by Ara Sarafian. An amateur entomologist, he had been observing the butterfly from 2005 to 2008. He contacted the Canadian National Collection of Insects in Ottawa where the butterfly was identified as P. icarus, a new alien butterfly to Canada and North America. The butterfly seems to be well established and is extending its range from year to year

Lifecycle and food plants
The main food plant on most sites is Bird's foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Others used include Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Common Restharrow Ononis repens, White Clover Trifolium repens and Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium. Eggs are laid singly on young shoots of their food plants.
The caterpillar is small, pale green with yellow stripes and as usual with lycid larvae rather slug-like. Hibernation occurs as a half grown larvae. They are attractive to ants but not as much as some other species of blues. The chrysalis is olive green/brown and formed on the ground where it is attended by ants which will often take it into their nests. The larvae creates a substance called honey dew, which the ants eat while the butterfly lives in the ant hill. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood flying between June and September. In a long warm year there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.


Polyommatus icarus
Argo azzurro
Lycaenidae

30-35 mm. - Comune in tutta Italia.
Piccolo lepidottero dallo spiccato dimorfismo sessuale. I maschi con ali superiormente blu e con riflessi violacei, margini soffusi di nero e contornati di frange bianche. Le femmine hanno livrea marrone con riflessi bluastri. Le parti inferiori, in ambedue i sessi, sono grigiastre o marrone chiaro, con macchie nere contornate di bianco e serie complete di lunule arancioni puntate di nero.
La specie, svernante allo stadio di bruco, compare da aprile in poi con due o tre generazioni annuali. Le larve vanno alla ricerca di varie Papilionacee (gen. Medicago, Genista, Trifolium, Lathyrus, Ononis, Lotus, ecc..); si presentano verdi con linea medio dorsale più scura e fianchi percorsi a livello degli stigmi da una fascia biancastra. La ninfosi dura circa due settimane.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 819 W: 0 N: 2406] (10606)
  • [2009-11-18 5:51]

Ciao Livio,
18-11-2007.When, how quickly the past ...
Depth of field, color and detail excellent P.icarus.
Best wishes,
Seyfi

Ciao Livio, congratulazioni per i due anni su TN, complimenti per wquesta deliziosa macro con la piccoletta magnificamente ripresa, ottima DOf, bei dettagli, eccellente nitidezzza, bellissimo lo sfondo uniforme, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6450 W: 89 N: 15594] (65242)
  • [2009-11-18 6:04]

Ciao Livio,questa e' la dimostrazione che a qualcosa e' servito,in fondo penso che bazzicare su questo sito sia stato e sara' molto utile a tutti per capire e magari copiare le idee degli altri,la tua foto cosi' ben composta e di elevatissima qualita' ne e' la dimostrazione....promosso in terza!! Buona serata,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-18 6:42]

Ciao Livio,
Congratulations!
Two years on TN! You celebrate this milestone with a fine capture of a male P. icarus taken from a great POV that shows it with its wings half open and displays its features with excellent sharpness, lighting and colours.
The composition on the seeding thistle against a neutral BG is superb.
Thank you and I hope that you stay with TN for a long time to come!
Best regards,
Ivan

Hi Livio,

The butterfly seems to come from the flower! ... excellent pose, superb light. I like the central composition. The fund is worth a contest. Very good job, really well done

**Full useful note, thanks!
**Congratulations on your 2 years in TN!

Jesús

Ciao Livio,
congratulazioni per i "primi" due anni in TN, fra poco festeggerò anch'io il biennio; è vero che gli altri ci aiutano nel miglioramento, ma questo in fondo dipende da noi, dal nostro desiderio e dalla nostra umiltà d'imparare e di misurarci con nuove esperienze, quindi il merito è esclusivamente tuo; tu non ci presenti molte immagini, ma quelle che ci presenti sono tutte di ottima qualità come questa dove oltre alla straordinaria definizione c'è un perfetto uso della luce in una composizione molto gradevole con uno sfondo stupendo dai colori delicati.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 143 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-11-18 8:22]

Congratulations Livio, about your second year and for tha pic too. Great result with unusual POV and nice BG. TFS.
Francisco

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-11-18 8:56]

Hola Livio,
hermosa macro.
selecto pov y finos detalles,
felicidades por tus 2 años.
saludos amigo.

hello Livio
very beautiful the composition and the background, exceptional attribution of colours and great details, a splendid macro photo for anniversary of two years in the TN! I wish you enjoy this!
keep photographing! TFS
Nasos

ciao Livio!
e vero...il fatto di confrontarsi con altri
amici e il modo migliore per crescere e affinare le proprie capacita'...il tuo apporto a T.Nature in questi due anni e'
decisamente importante con rare ma efficaci
post e commenti critici equilibrati...

un caro saluto sERGIO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-18 10:27]

Hello Livio,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly. Great clear colours with a nice contrasting OOF BG. Excellent sharp details. Good DOF, POV and composition. I hope to see a lot more from you in the next two years....congratulations.
Regards,
Peter

Hello Livio,
Fantastic colours and details.
Superb sharpness.
A very nice composition and POV.
Marius.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-18 11:00]

Hello Livio.
wonderful photo for 2st year on TL.
Excellent shot and well done on the composition. This is a beauty, vibrant colors and the background compliments your subject. Excellent work.Best regards Siggi

hello Livio
great sharpness composition with good details and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Ciao Livio,
it's such a cute motive and I love the colours very much. I'm happy you joined at TN - and now it's 2 years ago - I hope you will stay many more years ...
Greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao and Good Morning MF Livio,

Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary on TN!. You have selected an awesome macro capture of a common beauty to celebrate this special day MF!
It is utterly flawless in all around! Thanks for all sharings with us and this pleasant gift!
TFS and have a great day!
Cheers,

Bayram
ps. i am still living connection problems to TN.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-11-18 23:58]

Dear Livio!

I would like to thank you for this magnificent present that you offer to the members of TN. The picture simply is superb! The delicate colours, the great brightness and clarity as well as the lighting - not easy with the white parts - make this picture an outstanding one.

By this occasion I would like to thank you for your valuable contributions on TN.

Kind regards

Markus

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3052 W: 3 N: 8715] (40572)
  • [2009-11-19 4:05]

Bonjour Livio,
Te voilà donc sur ce site déjà deux ans..et il en suivra encore quelques uns, j'espère!
Gentille dédicace à tes amis de ce site. Tu nous présentes un papillon très populaire ici avec une image fine et qui nous montre les deux côtés des ailes de P. icarus. Il me semble que la fleur est un peu surexposée.
Un grand merci et meilleures pensées
Anne

Hi Livio,
Fine macro photo of this beautiful common blue.
Details, colours and composition are excellent.
TFS. Kind regards,
Özgür

Hello Livio
congratulations for your two years on TN ! you celebrate this great day for you ( and for us ) with a very beautiful capture
very sharp shot with delicate colors and wonderful comopsition
have a good night
Jacqueline

Excelentes la luz, el enfoque y el encuadre. Gran naturalidad en los colores. Un bonito trabajo.
Saludos Livio: J. Ignasi.

Ciao Livio! Wonderful macro, perfect exposure, ideal capture. Nice light and colours. Well done!

Hi Livio
Fine photo of the small butterfly...TFS
Jim

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-11-20 2:57]

Hi Livio,
congratulations on two years on TN. You celebrate with an image of great detail and warm soft colours, well done!
Paul

Hallo Livio
Congratulations with the achievement of a 2 year milestone on the Trek Nature site. You chose a great image to celebrate this accomplishment. This is such a warm and inviting image. The colours are vivid and bright, just as the atmosphere you have captured here. The patterns and markings are wonderfully displayed. I just love the way you show the inner and outer side of the wings all in one. Great viewing pleasure. Thanks for sharing. Best regards
Anna

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-21 9:26]

Hi Livio.
I like to meet you here and watch your nice pictures for two years. Many thanks for them and for kind comments and all contribution. Wonderful scene, amazing reproduction of all charming features of the butterfly and flowers. BG is also amazing, its colouration and smoothness are great. Bravo and kind regards.
Alexei.

Ciao Livio. Scusa il ritardo ma problemi tecnici ( PC andato e acquisto di uno nuovo) nonchè un viaggeto in Umbria mi hanno tenuto lontano da TN. Ottima proposta questa icarus da un POV difficilotto ma ben gestito. Emerge un eccellente dettaglio e una buona DOF con luce forte ben gestita. Molto buono anche lo stacco con lo sfondo sfocato. Insomma: una classica per un evento importante! Ovviamente complimenti per la "biennale" galleria e grazie per il tempo che trascorri con noi.

Roberto

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-25 12:27]

Buona sera Livio,
Sono tornato dalla mia piccola vacanza in Svizzera. Ho fatto nuove foto, a caldo.
Ancora una volta ci offre un grande macro. Bella dettagli e colori. Personalmente non ho mai visto questa specie di farfalla, di cattura favolosa.
Una splendida serata,
Adrian

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-01 7:42]

Hello Livio,
Congratulations on having reached this milestone! And what a wonderful image for celebration! A common butterfly but very nicely shown in this beautiful composition. Excellent sharpness and colours against a smooth background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

ciao Livio,
Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary post, this is milestone on TN. I hope we will see your many shots here for a long time. This is great macro shot and great selection to celebrate. Sharpness and clarity are excellent as like superb colors and BG. Nicely composed.
Sorry for my delay. I wrote on your last posts, but I see this newly.
Thank you very much for sharing. well done.
Have a nice weekend,
Ahmet

Ciao Livio,
A little late congratulations from me for Your two-year anniversary - but better later than never, isn't it? Great macro shot, the visible antenna is razor-sharp. Composition-wise simple yet pleasant, the noiseless blurry bg is even awesome. Grazie e complimenti.
Best regards, have a nice day, Ladislao

Hi Livio,
wonderful approach to Icaro, with both its very contrasting sides of wings perfectly well visible.
A very well supporting smooth background in gently warm contrasting colours makes the blue wing shine in heavenly intensity. My congratulations to your anniversary, coming late but from the heart.
With thanks, and best regards,
Peter

Hello Livio,
Quite common butterfly but the picture is not common - it's just great ;-D
Perfect colours and composition, nice DOF, thanks

Chris

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