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Icarus in love

Icarus in love
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-07 8:21
Viewed: 1056
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.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.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.

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.L'areale abbraccia Europa ed Asia temperata, presente anche in Nordafrica e Anatolia. In Italia è specie alquanto diffusa dal livello del mare ai 2000 m. Nel territorio è tra i più comuni lepidotteri, lo si riscontra in cespuglieti, siepi e margini boschivi.

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Hello Luciano,
Beautiful pair of this 'Common Blue'. Well captured in their natural habitat. Good details and color. Good work...
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-07-07 10:13]

Ciao Luciano,
Excellent photo of this mating pair in splendid colours, awesome sharpness and details and a great DOF.

Ciao Luciano, povere farfalline, nessun rispetto per la privacy, da me son diventate quasi rare da un paio d'anni, macro di gran qualità, dettagli perfetti, splendida nitidezza e magnifici colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

super good composition with good details and lovely naturel colours
thanks gr lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-07 10:50]

Hello Luciano,
What a nice couple in love that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Regards Sigi

Ciao Luciano,
super couleurs et beau moment retenu dans ta photo. merci et bonne journée

ciao Luciano
tu as capturé ce couple de papillon avec une trèes grande netteté et dans un superbe décor, les couleurs sont lumineuses
toute l'image est parfaite
Passe une bonne nuit

ciao Luciano
une photo exceptionnelle, bravo pour cet instant saisi avec une belle netteté.
Bonne journée

Ciao Luciano

Excellent capture of pair of "Common blue" at right moment under a very nice composition, pefect details either both antenae.



Hello Luciano,
Beautiful pair in love.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-07-08 8:39]

Hi Luciano,
So marvelously captured this intimate moment, .. the DOF is irreproachable as usual, and details are fine; .. great bf photography here

nuri :)

NB: I'll be away from TN for some weeks ahead, .. enjoy your holidays my friend

Ciao Luciano,
We have post the same species today but you didn't hesitate to disturb them in their private situation :-)Paparazzi :-)
Nice close up of the common blue pair, Good sharpness with fine details.
Even in this busy surroundings you manage to get a short nice DOF to isolate them from the BG.
Well done. old friend.


Hello Luciano

Beautiful photo of these lovers in action, you have choose a very
fine POV and the way they are framed diagonally in the image, TFS


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-07-08 23:49]

Hi Luciano
You caught an interesting moment in a nice scenery and with good sharpness.

Regards and tfs

Bonsoir Luciano,

Les papillon sont bien placés dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails des papillon Argus bleus en action. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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