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Polyommatus icarus male

Polyommatus icarus male
Photo Information
Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, Butterflies II, European butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-09 6:40
Viewed: 5106
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polyommatus icarus male/ Common Blue male / Gemeiner Bläuling oder Hauheckel-Bläuling / L'Argus Bleu ou L'Azuré de la bugrane / Icarus blauwtje.

Wing length 14-18 mm. The upper side of the male is blue, the female is brown, but can vary a lot in the amount of aditional blue. On the under side of the upper wings there are two, sometimes very small, spots near the base of the wings.
Flying time:
From the end of May untill early July and from medio July untill early September.

Common on practically all kinds of grasslands.

Foodplant caterpillar:
Small Fabaceae, in particular Lotus corniculatus.

As can be read from its name, the Common Blue is one of the most common Blues in Europe. It can be found anywhere from the Canary Islands up to the Arctic areas of Scandinavia and Finland.


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Hi Albert
what a beautifull image
good job
nice colors and DOF
I think some little mistakes of focus

What a great shot and such a beautiful butterfly. Thanks for sharing this one. I see you also love dragonflies and butterflies. I do too.

Hi Harm,
It's a very nice close-up but its a bit soft, you could add some sharpen. Well composed, lovely colours and good POV.
Well done.

what a wonderful butteffly. marvellous colour.
Thanks for shararing.

Hi Harm,
this is my favourite butterfly, I love this little blue one. You had so much luck to make such a wonderful shot with open wings. I also have some shots of this one, but he never has his pretty blue wings open. But it's also nice from the side. Thank you very much for this one, I like it very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-12-09 8:24]

A lovely butterfly.
The composition and POV are excellent.
A little shallow in DOF but a very good capture none the less.
well done.


Espectacular muito fixe!

Chau Ana

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-09 10:45]

Lovely butterfly, Harm. Beautiful colors and POV. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Harm,
Friday Night Party night.
Only time to see this post deserves a big smiley.
TFS. Have a great weekend.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-09 15:48]

Hi Harm, great capture, good POV and sharpness. Thanks for your information. I saw this one for the first time in Switzerland, nice to now the name. Thanks for posting Reina

Que hermosa especie de mariposa!. Parece que te has acercado mucho porque esta un pooco fuera de foco partes del insecto. Se lo difícil que es acercarse a ellas.
Bella composición de colores. Buen trabajo

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-12-09 16:43]

Its a pleasure to the eyes see such a beauty!
Excelent photo of this Lycaenidae!
Wonderful blue colour!
Excelent BG!
Also common in Portugal.

Hi Harm,
Is this a photo or a oil painting?
A wonderful capture of the beauty in a nice BG.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-12-10 5:08]

Beautiful shot,excellent shots.lovey colours.

Olá Harm!
Que cor fantástica tem essa borboleta!
Muito boa foto!!

Francisco sales

Hi Harm

Just back from an extended weekend. Have lots of unpacking to do. Sneaking this in inbetween. Nice work. Love the composition. Good colours and POV. TFS.

Ok, I know this is supposed to be for constructive comments, but all I can say is... WOW!

How great a spices can be, you sure have prove it. I like its color very much. So soft and cool looking.

Good focus point on eyes,nice BG and colours but maybe could be sharper on wings.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-28 3:44]

Hi Harm,
real blue on blurry green. Such a lively composition of the butterfly. The diagonal crossings of the branch further make this composition graphical.
Excellent sharpness and wonderful details.


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