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Lysandra bellargus

Lysandra bellargus
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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: 2010-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland , Schmetterlinge CH 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-12 3:17
Viewed: 2934
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On my Valais excursions:

Near Bratsch at 900 m a.s.l. I found three species of Blue's flying in great numbers. This one luckily reveals upper and under side of the wings, making ID easier. It is, as Ivan (Argus) pointed out (thanks a lot Ivan!) a male Adonis blue (Lepidoptera; Lycaenidae; Polyommatus (=Lysandra) bellargus Rottemburg 1775; Himmelblauer Bläuling). The animal sits on Melilotus officinalis. What I found confusing with ID are the black submarginal spots on the upper hindwing, not often seen in this species. I add a picture of the same individual with opened wings in the workshop area.

The species has been presented on TN before. It is represented much of Europe (excl. Scandinavia, and many islands) and Turkey, it reaches Transcaucasus.

Technical stuff: the picture was taken with a double flash, light diffusers added. The background is far away and therefore could not be illuminated sufficiently with the second flash.
The flower was shadowed by a branch, so I removed the shadow in PS with "Stamp". The rest is as usual: cropping, blurring, removing dust spots, sharpening, resizing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-12 3:22]

Hello Dietrich,
Excellent photo of this butterfly. Great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Nice contrasting dark BG. Good POV and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-12 3:33]

Hello Dietrich,
A fine macro with sharp details and natural colours.
To me, the turqoise tinge of the blue, the black markings on the white fringe of the wings and the absence of a black centre to the streaked white spot in the middle of the hind-wing suggest that this is a male Lysandra (Polyommatus) bellargus, the Adonis Blue.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Dietrich,
good work, Also the post is very well executed, good sharpness and great composition, congratulations.

Hello Dietrich.
Great photo of this beautiful butterfly.
Light, details and composition are splendid.
Best regards

This is astonishingly sharp, Dietrich , sharp and extremely well composed!
The blue of the inner wing shows tantalizingly!

Ciao Dietrich, lovely macro with beautiful Polyommatus bellargus, wonderful blurry BG, beautiful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details. very well done my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio

Hello Dietrich,
Excellent capture, with a perfect focus on the butterfly and plant. Nice to see some blue of the wings. Excellent management of flash, with natural result. Cheers,

Hallo Dietrich
very nice macro shot of this beautiful lycaenid butterfly on yellow flowers. yellow and blue very nice color pair.
focus, coloration and composition also very nice. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-13 1:49]

Lieber Dieter,
Noch ein schöner Bläuling für meine Sammlung! Wirksames Close-up, das uns alle Details der Flügel bestens zeigt. Hab den gleichen Falter auf der Moosalp gesehn und werde ihn später mal zeigen.
Halte noch die Daumen für Dienstag!
Alles Liebe

Hello Meyer,
very beautiful image with perfect details, colors and composition . A very nice picture. Tanks for sharing. Regards, Paolo

Hola Dietrich

Una bella imagen de esta mariposa y de la planta perfectamente nitidas. Composición muy agradable, perfectamente contrastada con ese fondo ascuro.

Un saludo de Antonio

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