Early morning blues
|Copyright: steve weeks (weeksy)
|Date Taken: 2008-08-15|
|Camera: Nikon D200, 105mm 1:2.8 Sigma|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-08-15 10:55|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|We've been having quite a poor summer here so far, however this morning was bright and sunny. The previous clear night had been quite chilly, so there was a heavy dew on the ground this morning.|
These two common blues (Polyommatus icarus) were basking in the morning sun, trying to warm up enough to fly. Fortunately for me this meant they were very approachable.
I think both are females (the back butterfly was not obliging enough to open it's wings!) of the most widely distributed lycaenid butterfly in Britain. Common blues will use a range of larval food plants, most commonly bird's foot trefoil, but also including lesser trefoil, black medick and various rest-harrows.
Common blues can have up to three broods in a good year, starting in mid-May going through to October. It tends to be a butterfly of open grassland, but can be found in sunny woodland rides and some road verges.
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Thanks for this fine shot of the two blues. It is interesting to see the dew still on the one with its wings shut. Good details and colours, cool BG.
- [2008-08-15 13:30]
you selected just the right point of view and positioned the focus plane also perfectly
so that the eye-catching parts of the two butterflies appear very clear and sharp.
In spite of differently bright surfaces you achieved balanced exposure of the wings.
Best wishes, Peter
- [2008-08-25 2:23]
very nice composition