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Summer Blue

Summer Blue
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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 'Blues' of the Butterfly World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-26 3:26
Viewed: 3962
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Friends,
Again another posting dug out of my folders. This time a common blue I had 'captured ' last summer. To take this shot I used the camera's live view monitor; a feature all manufacturers should include with their products.
The Common Blue Polyommatus icarus is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.
Male uppersides are a beautiful 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 quite often, 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 probably Europe's commonest 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 foodplans are found. It is Widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.

Info on butterfly directly from Wikipedia. Shot was taken in very bright light conditions .
Thanks for watching.

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Hello Mark,
Great coloured sky with an interesting pov on the butterfly! DOF is great all the butterfly is sharp.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-05 18:52]

Hola Mark:
Admirable toma de la mariposa sobre la flor seca, buenos detalles y encuadre perfecto.
Saludos Sira

Good compo in this 'macro',Mark.
Great coloured sky.

bonjour mark
parfait,le POV est ideal et place parfaitement le papillon devant le ciel bleu.
l'exposition est tres bonne,de bons details,et netteté impeccable.

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