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Plebejus argus

Plebejus argus
Photo Information
Copyright: Hugo Figueiredo (hffigueiredo) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 23] (271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 28-80
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-15 15:58
Viewed: 3507
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Plebejus argus, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Lycaenidae

Wing base is brilliant blue, dark band on the outter edge. Angular Apéx. Posterior wing with subterminal series of dark points. The underside is light bluish gray, hind wing as a series of dark spots flanked by an orange stripe. The female is brown, with orange lunules, the underside is more orangeish and generally with spots more accented. Wingspan: 24-28mm

The egg hibernates, greenish color, levelled and alveolated. The caterpillar is green or brown and possesss a dark dorsal line with white fringe. It feeds of Cistus libanotis, Halimium commutatum, Trifolium spp., Astragalus spp, Ulex spp. and Coronilla spp. Associates with ants and becomes pupa near the bottom of the plant. The pupa is smooth and of green color. The adult flys between June and August in mountainous areas with low-growing or bush like vegetation, between 200 and 1900m of altitude.

Is common in all Europe and Asia, even in Japan.

Information gathered from the book As Borboletas de Portugal, The Butterflies of Portugal by Ernestino Maravalhas.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-09-15 16:04]

Hi Hugo,
a composition to my heart: the animal in it's environment. Beside the nicely coloured butterfly you also chose to include the great texture on the rock.
Well done!!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-15 16:10]

Hello Hugo,
Great to see a butterfly portrait where a sharp background and the butterfly match. Interesting composition too. Well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-09-15 16:35]

Hi Hugo, excellent sharp macro photo, the combination of colors and the composition is excellent, Juan

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-09-15 20:53]

Olá Hugo.
Sua composição esta preciosa, perfeita..
E as cores onde a borboleta esta pousada formam uma textura realmente interessante e agradavel
bons, DOF, POV e nitidez,

Hello Hugo

The iridesent colour in the wing is very eye catching. Looks great against the grey of the BG. Nicely composed with the b'fly diagonal in the corner. Nice work.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-16 4:16]

This is a really beautiful composition! I love the bright blue argus against the rock and lichens, very nice contrast and all in focus.
Many thanks, Ulla

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

Very nice butterfly and interesting background. I'm not sure if composition is perfect ;-)


Olá Hugo,
Excelente composição! Bom POV com uma boa definição. Parabéns!


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