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Aricia agestis #2 - Brown Argus

Aricia agestis #2 - Brown Argus
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Copyright: Goran Ogen (sgo) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Butterflies Summer -06 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-03 22:12
Viewed: 2867
Points: 12
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Aricia agestis from Fleeting Memories From Summer -06 graciously posing on the withering remains of Hypericum_perforatum_("St_John's_wort").

For facts and figures please see my previous posting Aricia agestis_#1

The female of A. agestis ("Brown Argus") has fuller orange spots than the female of A. artaxerxes ("Northern Brown Argus") and both species carry the characteristic black discal spots on the uppersides of the forewings. Otherwise the two species look rather similar when wings are folded. And it is in fact only in recent years that the two species could be differentiated with certainty thanks to genetic investigations as well as failed attempts at cross-breeding. Also, A. agestis always produces two generations each season, flying mid May - late June and then again beginning of August - mid September, whereas A. artaxerxes only has one generation and flies from mid June - late August.

The A. agestis is not common in Sweden and can only be found along the coastal areas of Scania, the southernmost province of Sweden. It can also be seen in Denmark and the southern parts of England, otherwise it's quite common in continental Europe and can be found all the way to the Tian Shan mountains in the Far East!

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Aricia, "The last Survivor"
Species: agestis, an epithet of uncertain derivation, interpreted (1: p. 213) either as a misprint of Lat. agrestis, adjectival form of ager ("field") - which doesn't make sense however - or of "argéstæs" ἀγέστης = a proper name as the personalization of the east or north-west wind = "Argestes", which comes closer to the heart of the matter. But if the latter word is read as "argestǽs" ἀγεστής = who lights up the sky [by dispersing the clouds], Aricia agestis could then be interpreted as "Aricia, The Last Survivor, Who Lights up the Sky by Dispersing the Clouds" (in line with Bergsträsser's astrarche "Queen of Stars" - both relating to matters celestial)!

For names in most European vernaculars, distribution maps, etc., the interested student is recommended European Butterflies.

1: Nationalnyckeln till Sveriges flora och fauna: Fjärilar - Dagfjärilar. Hesperiidae - Nymphalidae (2005),
2: Bo Söderström: Svenska fjärilar. En fälthandbok (2006).

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-04 3:51]

Hello Goran,
the delicate details of the butterfly and the plant are beautifully presented. The point of view is unusual and due to great depth of field and focus results in pretty good sharpness of both antennae, body and the wing colour pattern. The background leaves butterfly and plant un-distracted.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-04 8:16]

Hello Goran,
Not easy to take a butterfly-picture from this point of view. You did well with this very fine shot hold in marvellous earth-tones. Very subtle picture, Goran.
Best regards

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-04 10:55]
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Hello Goran
Another wonderful picture and full job! The image is as excellent and beautiful as the others. I love the colors and I wonder if you worked on the background. The result is great. Excellent sharpness, POV and composition!
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

Hello Goran,
clear and sharp image with beautifully rich but subtle colours, with a nicely contrasting colourful background, very tastefully presented.
Perfect notes, and I like your notes on the Etymology of its name very much.
Thank you!
With best regards,

Realmente maravillosa esta escena.
Un fondo genial con un original POV motivado por la forma en que la mariposa se ha posado en la flor.
Bellísima tu galería que visistaré cuando me sea posible de aquí en adelante.
Saludos, JL.

Hello Goran,

Absolutely superb shot of a beautiful butterfly! Here's a good example that you don't need a very expensive, cutting edge camera to take amazing shots. It's the photographer who takes the picture not the camera.
The composition is flawless and the plain, soft background makes the subject stand out nicely. You created a very nice balance between the subject and the empty space. I appreciate you included a larger part of the supporting plant in your composition.
The colors are well saturated and naturally looking and they fit together very well. The details are excellent, with sharp features contrasting nicely with the soft background. A perfect exposure rendered everything in beautiful light and the very appropriate frame compliments this great picture! Very well done with useful notes! Congratulations and TFS!

With Friendly Regards,

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