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Butterfly Diagonal

Butterfly Diagonal
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 62 mm
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-31 23:02
Viewed: 3606
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The butterflies from my home collection have asked the birds to make room on TN-pages. Therefore, I take a pause in sharing of bird photos and have post at once pair of butterflies.

This is Common Blue, which is widespread in our region too. Despite I have many shot of the species I have shared its pictures here only once. Now I correct this oversight.

Polyommatus icarus

Male uppersides are an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown above with a row of red spots along the edges and usually some blue at the base of the wings; the upperside may be mostly blue, especially in Ireland and Scotland, but it always has red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and a more brownish in the females. Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings and extending onto the forewings, though they are generally fainter there, particularly in the males, where they are sometimes missing altogether. There are about a dozen black-centered white spots on the hindwings, nine on the forewings. These usually include one in the middle of the forewing cell, absent in Chapman's and Escher's Blues. The white fringe on the outer edge of the wings is not crossed with black lines, as it is in the Chalkhill and Adonis Blues.

The Common Blue is Britain's (and probably Europe's) most common and most widespread blue, found as far north as Orkney and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings, and also many man-made habitats, anywhere their food plants are found.

Recently, this butterfly was discovered in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada by Ara Sarafian, an amateur entomologist who observed the butterfly from 2005 to 2008. He contacted the Canadian National Collection of Insects in Ottawa where the butterfly was identified as P. icarus, a new alien butterfly to Canada and to North America. The butterfly seems to be well established and is extending its range from year to year.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-08-31 23:23]

excellent mating image. good angle and nice clarity. really attractive image.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-09-01 0:24]

Hello Alexei,
Attractive presentation of these mating butterflies in splendid colours, impressive sharpness and details and indeed a fantastic diagonal composition. Beautiful contrasting background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-01 1:17]

Hello Alexei.
Wonderful episode from nature. Excellent composition, sharpness and DOF. Nice colors.
Regards Siggi

Hello Alexei,
很漂亮的蝴蝶 照的清晰
構圖很美麗 背景深遂

Yet another outstanding mating image on view today after Arun's, Alexei. These Common Blues look gorgeous in your well managed capture.
The diagonal orientation, of course, is the most attractive feature of your image.
Warm regards.

Hello Mr.Alexei,
Great moment tou have captured.A picture is witness of time and here you have shared your experience with us.Very good details with nice colour all over.Like composition too.Great BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Hi, Alexei
This is a very nicely taken and composed image, it's a just slightly disturbed by the blade of grass in the foreground. However, the small "spots" of blue scales on the outer edges of the orange marks on the hindwing reveal this pair to be Plebejus species. I am not familiar with the species present in your area, and the likely candidates (argus, idas and argyrognomon)are extremely similar, so I would not wish to pronounce on the precise species. A close-up of the legs of the male would enable confirmation or elimination of P. argus.
Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-09-01 5:08]

Hello Alex,
Very fine "butterfly diagonal", a nice title for this charming shot. Well composed a susual and excellent sharpness. Just I don't think that it is Icarus, with the small blue spots on the hindwings it is rather a Plebejus species, looks for me like Plebejus argus.
Kind regards

Ciao Alexei, great macro of lovely maiting couple of Plebejus sp, may be Plebejus argus fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

wonderful scene, your composition in this macro make a great photo!
regards Alexei

hallo Alex
great sharpness composition with great details
the light and colours are beautyful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Alexei
A pro quality image of this matting B'fly.
best colour with perfect clarity.
great composition also.

Beautiful photo Alexei! Very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-09-01 13:38]

Hello Alex,
nice two common blue,thanks..

He Alexei,
Great capture of the Common Blues in love with excellent composition and fabulous focus and details. TFS.

Excellent capture of this butterflies, good POV
TFS, Ferran

hello Alexei,
First of one, thanks for visiting my gallery. Amazing capture of a wonderful specie in love. Nice details and exceptional colors. It is always difficult to catch both butterflies in perfect focus.....but you managed very good this composition.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Alexei,
You have captured this mating butterflies very nicely, the details are good.TFS.

Ciao Alex. Excellent sharpness and details for the Plebejus sp. in love. Perfect management of light.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-09-02 12:53]

Hello Alexei,
I am always intrigued by these tiny butterflies. They seem to flit about without a care in the world yet many people seem to never notice them beneath their feet. The larger butterflies are always admired by most people because they are easily spotted, where as these little beauties stay very close to the grasses and tall weeds.
Great shot of these two in copulation. Nice crisp and clear image with an attractive diagonal perch.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-03 8:58]

Hi Alex,magnificent capture of the most classic mating moment of TN,beautiful diagonal and very impressive quality of details and colors,a great pic of these plebejus,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Alexei,
Very good picture. Lovely time.
Well done.

Hello Alexei

Excellent macro of these lovers, with a beautiful light,
being framed diagonally in the photo it gives
dynamism to the image and scenery, TFS


Hi Alexei,
Fantastic idea of composition. I myself might crop just a slight more from each side, mostly from the bottom, but it's a matter of personal taste. Otherwise, an awesome presentation with top quality sharpness. Congratulations.
Best wishes, László

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-01 0:57]

Hi Alex
such a pretty view. The colours are well composed and the lighting is so exciting. the slanting grass give a lovely graphical view.
Well composed shot.
Well done.


Hi dear Alexei,
It is beautiful as always.
Color and light are wonderful.
And most importantly a good time for photography.
Kind regards

Hello Alexei,
Rare moment is captured here. Thank you my friend.

Wish YOU a very HAPPY new YEAR 2014.

With Regards,

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