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Callophrys rubi

Callophrys rubi
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-29 14:02
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Callophrys rubi / Green Hairstreak / Grüner Zipfelfalter oder Brombeer-Zipfelfalter / Groentje / L'Argus Vert ou La Thécla de la ronce.

Description: Wingspan 27-34mm. A small butterfly which always perches with the wings closed showing the green underside. The underside also has a variable series of white marks. The upperside of both wings is an unmarked rich brown. The sexes are alike.

This camouflages the resting adult as it resembles a newly opened leaf. This combined with the small size of the insect mean it can easily be missed.

Flight Period: Single brooded from mid-April to late June, peaking in May.

Ecology: A colonial species found in N. Ireland on bogs and heaths with scrub. Males sit on a perch on a prominent shrub or tree. They adjust their position according to sun direction and temperature. Males leave their perch to investigate passing insects and can lose it when this happens. Any females encountered will be pursued. Females fly over habitat searching for nectar sources or foodplants. Throughout its range the species uses a wide variety of shrubby plants especially ericaceous and leguminous species. In Ireland, probably because of habitat association, it is believed to mainly use bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus and gorse Ulex europaeus. The pupa overwinters.

World Distribution: Throughout Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor and Asia to Siberia.


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Hallo Harm,

Wat een beauty
haarscherp en loepzuiver
fantastische kleuren die mooi afsteken tegen de achtergrond
perfect gedetaileerd met een leuke pose en stand van de pootjes

TFS Thijs

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  • Krima Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 5 N: 7] (8)
  • [2007-04-29 15:42]

Very good details....a well done close up
My best regards,

very nice close up, TFS Ori

Hi Harm,
that's amazing how many different insects you can capture, Gelderland seems to be the paradise of all insects and butterflies.
This one is very pretty with the green wings, also excellent sharpness.
Do you remember I were so jelous of your shots of a green dragonfly. Today I also saw one and I hope I also found the right ID.
I would be glad if you could tell me if I'm right or wrong - don't missunderstand me, I don't want to have points, only the words of a master like you, thank you very much and have a good start into the new week.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Harm,
Very good sharpness and detail in your image...

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-29 23:24]

Excellent presentation of this hairstreak. Amazing details produced by razor sharp focus. Outstanding exposure and beautiful colors. Great macro.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-30 3:30]

Hello harm,
That's a perfect shot of this shy and small butterfly.Excellent sharpness, every detail is visible. I never succeeded to make a good picture of the Green Hairstreak.Thank's and best regards


Very sharp picture. Lovely colors and texture.

Murali Santhanam

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