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Chalky Blue

Chalky Blue
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Copyright: Matt Berry (rodosranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 347] (2101)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji S 7000, 55mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-28 8:06
Viewed: 3695
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Male Chalkhill Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus coridon)

The male Chalkhill Blue is paler and, apart from the Large Blue, larger than other blue butterflies seen in Britain and Ireland.

At some sites many hundreds may be seen in August, flying just above the vegetation, searching for females. Large numbers of males may also congregate on animal dung and other sources of moisture and minerals. Females are much less conspicuous, being duller in colour, more secretive in their habits, and spending less time than the males in flight.

The butterfly is confined to calcareous grassland in southern England and has declined in some areas during recent decades.

The sole foodplant is Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa).

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-28 8:37]

Very good shot of this Lycaenidae!
Doesn't exist in Portugal.
Very good deatails!
Beautiful colors!
Very good BG!
5* photo!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-28 12:17]
  • [2]

The Blue is common but not your photo ;-) The composition is simple and smart. The blurred background and colors are soft. The butterfly is well detailled. Thanks for sharing Matt.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-28 13:55]
  • [2]

It,s a nice one Matt,
the composition is good taken, the pov is good, the dof is perfect. Yes I like this blue one. very good job, with my compliments for it,
gr. jaap

Good to see a different type of blue, it is well seen against the blurred BG, though the lower wings could do with being a fraction sharper IMO, they seem to be just dropping out of focus, maybe another half stop would of got it pin sharp all over and kept the BG perfect. TFS Robert

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  • lucky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 5 N: 14] (84)
  • [2005-08-28 18:04]
  • [2]

Good close-up of this Chalkhill Blue... Structures of the butterfly are all crisp and clear, great sharpness! Background is good blurred and does a good contrast to the blue insect!
Very well done!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-29 0:39]
  • [2]

Beautiful shot, Matt. That single shaft breaking through the blurred background gives a strong visual impact. The butterfly has gorgeous details and colors. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Matt

This is a lovely composition. The colours are subtle and very calm. Lovely to view. Nice POV, clearity and sharpness. Congrats!

Beautiful soft pwder-blue on green background is very attractive. Good diagonal composition. Nice focus and DOF.

Hi Matt!
Beautiful composition, colors and light. Great BG! Excellent photo!
TFS ;-)

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