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Plebeius argus male

Plebeius argus 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: 2005-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-11 6:35
Viewed: 3753
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Plebeius argus male butterfly belongs also to the Lycaenidae family. Silver-studded Blue / Geißklee-Bläuling oder Heidebläuling oder Argus-Bläuling oder Tiefblauer Silberfleckbläuling / L'Argus ou L'Azuré de l'ajonc ou L'Azuré pygmée.

The charming little Silver-studded Blue Butterfly is a dry heathland specialist and therefore very vulnerable to human pressures as this habitat is often considered to be nothing more than wasteland and ripe for commercial development. In fact heathland is one of the most threatened habitat types in Europe and many other fascinating and rare species will be likely to disappear unless adequate protective legislation and site management are provided. Silver-studded Blues have a strong symbiotic relationship with black Lasius ants, a process which affords mutual benefit as the ants receive a sugary secretion from the butterfly larvae in return for physical protection despite possibly losing some of their own larvae as a consequence of predation by their 'guests' (this is not proven behaviour and the relationship may be far more innocuous). The ants will guard the butterfly pupae which form in their nests and the photographer has seen them in attendance of a freshly emerged imago. This ant-association is termed 'myrmecophily'.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-12-11 6:40]

Hi Harm
I liked the POV you got here.
It's a very beautifull butterfly, and the composition is very nice.
Good work

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-11 6:46]

Hi Harm, thanks for posting. Nice composition. I find your information about the butterflys and dragonflys very usefull. Impressed with the knowledge. Greetings Reina

Hi Harm,
a perfect one, posing for you so nice and decorative. What a beautiful colour, excellent shot of a marvelous butterfly.
Thanks Harm and have a wonderful sunday, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-12-11 7:55]

Very good photo of this Lycaenidae!
Excelent BG!
Beautiful colours!
Rare in Portugal.

very good one, it seems he's posing for you... Nice dof and spot on focus.

Hi Harm

A quick critique tonight as it is getting late. Lovely shot. Good POV and very well composed. Nice colours. Sharpness and detail is spot on. Thanks.

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