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Turquoise Blue Male

Turquoise Blue Male
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-07-13 22:25
Viewed: 2778
Points: 56
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Turquoise Blue male (Polyommatus dorylas)

Swedish name: Väpplingblåving, meaning ‘vetch blue’.

This is the second time I have posted this species: the first time was nearly four years ago, as it is a rare species of Blue in Sweden. It occurs in small numbers near my town and more commonly on the islands of Öland and Gotland.

It is widespread but local in most of Europe where it is getting scarcer.

The larvae feed on the leaves of Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria). This one is resting on the withering flowers of his larval host plant.
The Small Blue (Cupido minimus) also has it as the larval host plant but the larvae feed on its seeds instead of the leaves. This indicates that both species are not competitive.

Though the blue colours is typical with a turquoise shine at certain angles, the best way to be certain of the ID is to look at the underside of the wings. This can be seen in the WORKSHOP.

It flies in July to the beginning of August. In S. parts of Europe it has two generations.

One locality is a goods railway track where there are good stands of the host plant. This is one of two males that I found. The females emerge a day or two later and they are brown.

This was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters with my long lens camera hand held.
After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-07-14 1:23]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid blue male photo, great colors and very nice, sharp details, TFS!

Hallo Ivan,
a fantastic capture of the Turquoise Blue, outstanding sharpness and splendid colours with marvellous reflections, excellent POV, DOF and composition; very beautifuf and interesting picture about the ID in WS too.
Best regards

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-14 1:36]

Hi Ivan
Great butterfly this little fellow. I see one like this in Romania , but I don't have captured.
Great details, and WS are wonderful too!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-14 2:16]

Hi Ivan,what a blue! The wings seem a Swarowsky made in motherpearl,what a sharpness and delicates colors,and what a excellent focus in this difficult position of the wings...perfect work completed from the WS !! You're a great professionist!Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO

Hi Ivan,

A splendid shot of this beautiful butterfly, the iridescence of it wings really stands out, due to excellent focus. The colours a real vibrant. Taken from a nice POV against a good oof background. The lighting in this shot really shows well.

TFS regards


Hi Ivan,
Those withered reddish brown flowers add some nice color to compliment the blue, I like it. Good diagonal aspect and framing too.
Great details where it counts, and use of the natural light..
Thank you for the info on that Polyphemus moth BTW :)
Well done!

Ciao Ivan. Great POPV for this small one hitten by the light tha exalt blue's shades. Nice compo.


This male is just glowing in the bright sunshine, Ivan.
Super sharpness and DOF at your camera settings.
I can imagine how satisfying it must be to capture this rare species in this kind of ideal surroundings.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Ivan, splendid light on lovely little butterfly, splendid colors, excellent sharpness, wonderful details, great macro, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan
Superb capture with excellent camera settings!
Incredible result
TFS this beauty

hallo Ivan
Super colored picture with good sharpness and great details
very nice pose
greeting lou

Hello Ivan friend,
Undoubtedly, you're one of the top with the 300mm + 1.4 converter! ... this is a first-line macro, with very good quality optics! ... Additionally, you select a POV beautifully and this butterfly help whit half open wings and displaying a blue dream! Bravo!
TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-14 14:35]

Hi Ivan,
Another great macro from you,splendid colors and excellent sharp details.The composition is very nice.TFS and best regards,

I really don't know where to start in your portfolio of photographs Ivan, so I have begun here, although I have added an earlier photo to my favourites. I just don't know how to compliment you on your photography. As a true nature lover, I know where to look, but I have not mastered the technique of how to look, and I certainly do not have the capabilities or the equipment to show what I see. It is evident that you have all these attributes.

You have all the techniques that admire, and I hope to learn from viewing photos such as this!

Hilsen, Amelia

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-14 15:50]

Hi Ivan,

Not only is this a beautiful Blue butterfly but capturing it in this lovely dancing position is fantastic. The wings and head are magnificent with excellent colors, details and textures. The plant it is posing on is very interesting as well. I'm so glad you posted the workshop so we could see the wonderful patterns.


Merhaba Dostum Ivan,

After a long trip including the Middle East i could find a pretext to visit TN and your posts now! This is an impressive macro capture of this pretty b-fly from an unusual POV with excellent clarity and details.
TFS and have a nice day MF!
Greetings from Samaan Citadel (Syria),


Hi Ivan,

this butterfy are not to find in the BENELUX, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Good pov and blurred bg.
These blue ones are also difficult to identify, give me flowers.
Exellent details and fine colours.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-15 2:26]

Hello Ivan!

Another beautifull Lyceanid from your collection. This one has got exceptional colours of wings. Very nice POV with good sharpness on eyes and wings. Composition with flower is good. Interesting and educative picture in workshop - blues are very hard to ID for me.

hello Ivan
beautiful image, the blue color of the wings is fantastic and so shiny, like silk,
the details are very sharp and the POV is nice
i like also the plant or dried flower, it looks like a firework
yesterday, the 14th july, we had the national holiday in France, and we had a firework in each village and town
Have a good night

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-07-15 14:18]

Hello Ivan,

Here are two photos that show us this wonderful and rare butterfly.
Thank you for the backs of the wings!
have a nice day!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-07-15 14:55]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Sin duda que los colres azul turquesa de esta especie son toda yna belleza para la vista. Se logra aqui captar en la foto finos y elegentes detalles en su cuerpo. La florecilla donde se posa es tambien muy bella.
Saludos Don Ivan.

harika renkler.
mükemmel maviler.
Elinize sağlık,
En güzel dileklerimle,

Hi, Ivan,
Excellent capture of the butterfly and excellent sharpness. Very interesting. Congratulations, Ferran

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-18 2:37]

Bonjour Ivan,
Une image très belle de Polyommatus dorylas, une espèce que je n'ai encore jamais vue. La netteté est impeccable, la luminosité excellente. Une image naturelle aussi. J'aime bien le fait que le papillon soit posé sur Anthyllis vulneraria, une plante qui me plaît tant. L'image du WS est très belle aussi.
Bon dimanche à vous deux

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-18 3:34]

Hello Ivan,
beautiful blue in special shine of silvery kind. New to me and the sharpness is splendid.
The flower look like a palm holding the butterfly intact.
nicely portrayed with neat shot of no disruption except flower and butterfly.


Hallå Argus,
What a wonderful shot! Clear, fantastic and the details are amazing! The butterfly looks like as it made from steel. The blue metallic colour is amazing!

Many thanks for sharing it!


Eres ya un experto en este género :-)
Buen encuadre a pesar del ángulo tan cerrado. Bien plasmados los brillos, colores y detalles.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Ivan
beautiful photo of this Polyommatus dorylas. Great clear colours with a nice contrasting on the BG. Excellent sharp details.

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