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Cupido alcetas, really?

Cupido alcetas, really?
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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: Sony Alpha 850, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-02-20 4:05
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Why is this a male Cupido alcetas?
I wanted to put my new book to a test:
V. & M. Baudraz, 2016. Guide d'identification des papillons de jour de Suisse.
I was impressed by its usefulness when determining some butterfly species on photographs. Here for instance we have a male Cupido (=Everes) alcetas (Hoffmannsegg), the Provençal Short-tailed Blue, l'Azuré de la faucille, Provence-Bläuling (Lycaenidae). The details to scrutinize are for example: two tiny tails at the hind wings (they may be almost absent), a faint black streak in the upper side of the forewing, and bright veins.
The species in this country (Switzerland) is limited to its Western part. The "erratic" distribution pattern, ranging from Spain to Southern Siberia is somewhat baffling.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-02-20 16:50]

Hello Dietrich,
Now this is what I call a really close up view of a little blue. Nicely focused while showing off its colors and body features in excellent detail. Exposure looks great and I like the diagonal composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-02-21 8:56]

Hi Dietrich,this post is very very interesting for the butterflies fans like me. This book is great and finally different,easy to use to who isn't a great expert. A lovely capture of this cupido specie,usually isn't easy to identify the member of this family from above,now is possible thanks to this very useful book,well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2017-02-21 11:15]

Hallo Dieter,
Ja, dieser kleine Bläuling ist auch vor ein Paar Jahren in Bern aufgetaucht, wo ich ihn 2012 fotografieren konnte.Das Buch von Vincent Baudraz wurde mir auch von Schmetterlingsfreunden empfohlen, habe es aber noch nicht gekauft.
Ist Cupido alcetas in deinem Garten augfgetaucht?
Ich hab weniger Insekten fotografiert in den zwei letzten Jahren, da ich mir die Wirbelsäule gebrochen habe und mich nicht mehr so gut beugen kann. Aber es geht.
Herzliche Grüsse aus Bern

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