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Common blue

Common blue
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Copyright: Alina Kol (Alutka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S20 Pro, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-11 7:48
Viewed: 3086
Points: 6
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Modraszek ikar - Common blue

In the Common blue, the number of generations produced each year varies depending on the geographic location of the population. In the majority of England and Wales there are two broods per year (the populations are ‘bivoltine’), with adults on the wing in May and June and again in August and September. Occasionally, in warm years, double-brooded and single-brooded populations may go on to produce an extra brood in the same year, thanks to the warm weather. This phenomenon indicates that the factors governing the number of broods produced are environmental, rather than genetic.

The eggs are laid singly on the foodplants and take around a week to hatch. Caterpillars of the first generation (or of the only generation in single-brooded populations) take around 6 weeks to become fully developed. Second brood caterpillars overwinter when partly grown, and complete their development during the following year. Pupation occurs either at the base of the foodplant or amongst litter on the ground and adult butterflies emerge after around two weeks.

In common with many other species of blue butterflies, the caterpillars of the common blue are attractive to ants when they are fully grown. The pupae are also attractive to ants and are often carried away into ant nests.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Polyommatus
Species: P. icarus
Binomial name:
Polyommatus icarus (Rottemburg, 1775)

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  • Great 
  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-03-11 7:55]

Hi Alina,

A great capture,very sharp nice colors and a nice BG,only a pity that the wing is a bit in the shade anyway a fine upload,thanks


  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-11 8:14]

Hello neighbour Alina,
Excellent sharp photo of this butterfly. Beautiful clear colours. A pity is the shadow on the end of the underwing. Great OOF BG and composition.

  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-11 10:55]

Hallo Alina,
Jaki sympatyczny w doskonalym swietle i pozycji fotografowany.Bardzo dobra ostrosc tak ,ze te "owlosienie" jest ladnie widoczne.Tlo bet zastrzezen.Podoba sie. Siggi

  • Noisette Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
  • [2009-03-11 15:05]

Hello Alina
a very beautiful shot of this common blue
nice soft colors, crisp clear details and excellent composition
TFS Jacquelin

  • Great 
  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-03-12 0:56]

very nice! great focus and details on it.

nice light and natural colors.


hello Alina
great sharpness
beautiful composition
super details
greeting lou

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