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Cupido (=Everes) alcetas

Cupido (=Everes) alcetas
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/19, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland , Schmetterlinge CH 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-17 10:24
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Lesser known backyard visitors (continued):

According to Nigel (Merlin) and to Harm's (Harm-Digitaal) pictures this is a male Provençal short-tailed blue (Lepidoptera; Lycaeidae; Cupido (=Everes) alcetas and not Everes decoloratus), sitting on Lotus corniculatus. I checked with the cartographic service of Neuchâtel, CSCF and found out that my hometown is just at the Eastern ditribution border of the species. The dark spot on the underside of the hind wing near the tail, the black rim and the black veins on the upper side of the forewings are not indicated in Collins Butterfly Guide (T. Tolman & R. Lewington).

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-09-17 10:46]

hi dietrich,
very nice macro
good work

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-09-17 11:10]

Hi Dietrich!

Very nice macro of this lesser known Lycaenidae. Good side POV and perfect composition of yellow and silver blue colours. I don't know butterflies of Austria, but it looks quite similiar to Cupido alcetas. Good work!

Hello Dietrich,
Nice macro and fine shapness whit good composition.. your butterfly is very attentive..
Best regards

Sorry, Dietrich, can't help you with the identification but, I can say what a fine capture this is! I love the big, bold close-up, showing the fine details of the wings and body. The narrow dof makes an unobtrusive b/g behind the sharp image of the butterfly and flowers.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello again, Dietrich.

Sometimes field guides can be deceptive, as there is quite a lot of variation by geography, season and age. This is almost certainly alcetas by use of Occam's Butterfly Field Guide (apologies - field biologist humour ;) and experience. Fortunately, we have a good reference source here on TN as long as we strive to keep identifications as accurate as possible. I would point you to: -

Upperside view from Sergio.

Underside view from Harm.

Harm in particular is outstandingly accurate in his identifications.

Photographically, I cannot criticise this - nice lighting, good depth of field and nice composition - it's all good!

Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-09-17 14:14]

Hola Dietrich.
Excellent image. Very sharp and great light. I can see fine details on his wings. By the way You have an excellent photos in Your gallery my friend. Congratulations!!!

Hello Dietrich,

An excellent macro shot with such beautiful coloration, sharpness & very fine details.

Great POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done & TFS.



Beautiful butterfly, you capture so sharp. It's a wonderful shot.
Best wishes,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-18 4:00]

Very good colors in yellow flowers and also on the Butterfly!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-18 5:12]

Lieber Dieter,
Ich staune wirklich über all die Spezies, die in deinem Garten auftauchen!
Du musst wahrscheinlich ein geheimes Rezept haben..
Sehr schönes und ausgewogenes Bild eines Schmetterlings, den ich noch nie gesehen habe. Beste Bildschärfe und gefällige Präsentation.
Alles liebe

Hello Dietrich,

A superb image. You've filled the frame with this little beauty and its attractive perch, very sharp with excellent detail. Even though flash was used, the light has a soft quality, perfect for this subject. Did you soften the flash somehow?


Ciao Dietrich, wonderful composition with lovely cupido on a beautiful flower, splendid natural colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-18 12:07]

Hello Dietrich,
Excellent photo in very beautiful colours. Great sharp details, POV and composition. Very nice contrasting ark BG.

Hi Dietrich,

Beautiful capture of the adorable Small butterfly with great details!
The sharpness and POV are perfect with nice color contrast, existing within the picture. The picture has superb focusing and the clarity is exceptionally well done.
Very well done composition!

best regards,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-09-21 14:37]

Hi Dietrich,

Excellent macro of this common blue.
The details and colors are really wonderful. the contrast and depth are good.
Very beautiful composition with the flower.

Have a good day.

Hi MF Dietrich,

Perfectly composed and focussed macro -as usual:)- a beautiful b-fly from lateral POV with excellent clarity and wonderful composition.
TFS and have a nice night!


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