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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lycaenidae Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-16 7:31
Viewed: 5635
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Polyommatus bellargus (Rottemburg, 1775)
syn.: adonis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Adonis Blue
Himmelblauer Bläuling
Modraszek adonis
Modráčik ďatelinový
Modrásek jetelový
Niña Celeste Rastrillo
Azuré bleu céleste
Argo celeste

Genus: Polyommatus
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Family: Lycaenidae

Wing span 30 – 35 mm.

Passing a dry stony meadow on a long walk through the Gailtal Valley in Carinthia, an intensely blue butterfly drew our attention. Its celestial colour, its distinctly black and white fringes on borders of wings, and its larger size made it easy to tell from the common Icarus Blue (Polyommatus icarus) that was sharing its habitat there.

Also sharing this and other similar dry limestone habitats with the closely related, more common, pale silver coloured Chalkhill Blue (Meleageria coridon), the Adonis Blue is a rather rare and threatened species that is reported from the southern parts of Europe including southern England, from Portugal and Spain through France, southern Germany, Austria, Poland to Lithuania, Northern Italy, the Balkan, Northern Greece, Ukraine, Turkey, Irak, Iran, the Caucasian mountains, from the lowlands up to 2000m, never on acid soils but restricted to limestone hills.

There are two generations per year, the first one in May and June, the second one from the end of July to September.

Caterpillars feed on Hyprocrepis comosa, Coronilla varia, hibernating in symbiosys with ants (Lasius niger, Myrmica scabrinoidis etc.). Chrysalises may be found near the entrance of ants’ heaps.

A closer approach will reveal some more of the butterfly's details.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

Walter Schön: Schmetterling - Raupe: http://www.schmetterling-raupe.de


SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm macro (= 108mm at 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/250sec., ISO-125; exposure bias: -0.3, no tripod, no flash; 22.08.2007, 14:11.


Photoshop Elements, cropped, downsized to web, slightly sharpened, brightness, contrast and saturation slightly adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good weekend.

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To hester: vivid colours ...peter_stoeckl 1 01-20 10:01
To cicindela: ... thank you!peter_stoeckl 1 01-03 03:54
To gail: ... radiates such energypeter_stoeckl 1 11-24 01:21
To wishnugaruda: so viele verschiedene ...peter_stoeckl 1 11-17 17:11
To Silke: Vielen Dank!peter_stoeckl 1 11-17 10:51
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hello peter,

what a lovely capture of this cute little butterfly, today both of us have posted the butterflies from Lycaenidae,

i liked the pov very much offering the view of both the side of the wings, lovely sharpness, precise dof , nice oof bg, well composed shot,

very well done,
tfs & regards

Great shot

Ciao Peter,
la tua foto è bella come la farfalla che mostra!

My dear friend Peter,
Another great and excellent shot from you today that I never want to miss!
perfect pose with good size posting in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details to enjoy!
superb DOF in exposure and focus too
thanks for the useful notes!
have a wonderful weekend, Peter!

Hello Peter,

Sharp picture of this butterfly. Nice POV and great saturated colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-16 8:01]

Hello again Peter,
WOW! You have caught one of my favourite butterflies in the best possible way. This fine shot shows the Adonis Blue from a fine POV to show both the wing surfaces with excellent sharpness in a fine composition against a pleasing neutral bokeh.
Great to see and thank you!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hello Peter
Wonderful shot of this tiny blue,
Great focusing,DOF and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Good luck

Hallo Peter,
Dein Bläuling macht seinem Namen alle Ehre - dieses Blau ist so brilliant und wunderschön.
Und er hat sich sehr hübsch für Dich gesetzt, nichts lenkt uns von seiner Schönheit ab.
Wie auch bei Libellen finde ich es schwierig, die verschiedenen Bläulingsarten zu bestimmen, himmelblauer Bläuling, Heuhechel-Bläuling ... wer kann da die Unterschiede sehen?!?
Egal, er ist klasse, vielen Dank und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2007-11-16 8:36]

stupendi colori e PDc da invidia peccato solo il soggetto forse un po' troppo centrale.
Un saluto Piero

Hallo Peter,
dieser Falter hat den passenden Namen. Die Bläulinge sind meine Lieblingsfalter. Leider habe ich hier dieses Jahr sehr wenig Bläulinge beobachten können. Die Reviere an denen sie anzutreffen waren sind als Holzlager der Kyrill-Baumstämme benutzt worden. - Ein sehr schönes Schmetterlingsfoto, herrliche Farben und eine excellente Schärfe. Ein tolles Sommerfoto.
Ich danke Dir und wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

HI peter,
Superb blue color and composition the BG is amazing.
the DOF and the sharpness is tack.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-16 9:12]

Guten Abend Peter,
Ja, Polyommatus bellargus ist wirklich ein Adonis. Da kann man ja nur noch staunen, wenn ein solcher über die Wiesen schwebt. Und Du hast ihn so wunderschön eingefangen. Das Kreisen mit den Flügeln habe ich auch schon oft bei den Bläulingen beobachtet und fragte mich, was das eigentlich für einen Zweck habe.
Hab Dank für Bild und Text
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-16 9:12]

hi peter,
beautiful colourful wonderful picture :)
all details are perfect and great picture.

bonjour peter
je n'ai qu'une remarque a faire sur le bas de l'image qui aurait pu etre supprimé IMHO,sinon

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-16 9:33]

Hi Peter.
I don't know which shot is better. Each of them is worthy separate representation. Charming butterfly is reproduced at various surroundings and at different POV so perfectly and with great love to subject. Amazing blue colour is shown with help of excellent light. Details of the texture and coloration are fantastic (but usual for you). Smoothness and colourfulness of the original shot BG are sweet (so pleasant to look and harmonize with blue colour tones nicely). Vegetation and DOF of the WS are tremendous too. But the true pearl of he WS is butterfly tongue and its spiral form. Bravo for so esthetic pleasure which is brought by your both pictures.
Yours Alexei.

hello Peter
This really is exceptional for many reasons..your dof and focus here is absolutley spot on to capture true detail in the upper and lower wings..the pov you have achieved highlights this even more..then the colours and the lighting and so on and so on!!
Excellent work and Thank you very much for sharing this.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-16 10:41]

Hello Peter,
that blue is very pretty and vivid!
I love the composition and POV.
Sharp with great details.
Well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-16 11:25]

hello Peter. This is excellent your sharp focusing has given fine detail. good use of the light to give rich bright colours. with a nice POV/DOF. well done tFS, good notes too.

Have a good weekend.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-11-16 11:38]

Hi Peter, wonderful capture of the Adonis Blue - I like these "Blue" butterflies and never realised there were so many similar but different ones. These wings are quite brilliant, darker than the more pale common one.
Well done

Hello Peter,
Colourful and great compo.
As always an extraordinary point of view...

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-16 13:00]

Hi Peter,
A very detailed view of this nice bf that let us see both sides at the wings at the same time. I like the spiral tongue in the linked image.
TFS and best regards,
José Miguel

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-16 13:29]
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Mal wieder super gemacht, Peter! Prima Farben Details, und Aufbau. Und das Licht in deinen Aufnahmen ist immer wunderbar -- leuchtend!
Vielen Dank

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-16 13:46]

Hi Peter, no wonder they call that beautiful butterfly Adonis,captured beautifully by you. Sometimes the photo is just great and besides saying it has a great POV, etc, I just love looking at it as there is nothing to add or to retrieve because it is great as it is. Thank you,


  • fototab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 301 W: 0 N: 362] (2177)
  • [2007-11-16 15:38]


Great shot of this butterfly,
Great colors and I like the BG,


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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-16 18:23]
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HI Peter,
What beautiful colors & nice clarity. The blue radiates such energy!

Hello Peter,
What a wonderful details and focusing here!
Very beautiful capture of this little friend, with excellent composition & POV.
Also, I can see the lovely natural colours here.
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes, Kevin
Have a great weekend!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-17 2:45]

Wonderful shot Peter!
Beautiful colors and sharpness
very good DOF and great background

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-17 5:45]

Hi Peter

Another splendid butterfly shot from you my friend!
I don't know if i ever told you, but i really like the way you present these lovely creatures and how and where you found them. I find that very useful in a note so that nyone who might want to experience their beauty live, can go in those kinds of habitats and reach for them.
Now for the picture: it's really very well taken.
I must appreciate the very effective composition - with nothing else but the butterfly and the flower it is on in the frame. A superb uniform BG complements the vivid colors of the subject.
Spot-on exposureas well as sharpness - which is excellent in presenting the smallest details on his body, wings and head.
Great work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Peter,
Excellent pose caught!
It's almost like if the butterfly were made acrobatic poses at the top of the dried flower.
The exposure and focus are the right ones to stand out the beauty of this specimen.
I like a lot the smooth gradations of green at the background.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-11-17 8:47]

Hallo Peter, das ist ja wieder eine hammerstarke Aufnahme.Deine Schmetterlingsbilder sind allererste Sahne. Glückwunsch!Da kann ich nur hoffen, dass du mit meinem Pfauenauge zufrieden bist:-))
LG Rose

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-17 9:02]

Guten Abend Peter,
genau getroffen! ... das Blau dieses 'ausnahmsweise'* blauen Bläulings und dann noch von bäuchlings, so dass auch noch die wunderschöne Unterseitenfärbung zur Geltung kommt. Vorzüglicher Kontrast gegenüber dem Hintergrund und gut fokussiert.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

* In letzter Zeit sind besonders viele 'Rote' gezeigt worden!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-17 10:05]

Hello Peter,
This is real candy for the eyes as well!! The Adonis Blue is just fabulous, no other blue butterfly can compete with this colour! I hope I'll see it in real life again one day! Excellent capture, very sharp and the colours are beautiful and it stands out so well against the smooth background.
We shouldn't really complain about the weather here in the very south of Sweden as it seems to be much worse both up north and down south! No doubt it'll hit us soon too though.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-17 10:21]

Hello Peter
Excellent capture of this beautiful Adonis Blue showing both sides of its wings perfectly clear and with its caracteristic natural colors.
Great sharpness and very good bg.
Congratulations and TFS

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-11-17 12:10]

Fabulosos colores y estupendo encuadre Peter.
Buenos detalles y nota.
Un saludo, Sira.

Una mirada excepcional.
Delicada y suave con una nitidez maravillosa.
Un cordial saludo Peter.

Adonis! Such an appropriate name - strength and good looks! :)
A lovely composition - this beautiful butterfly is separated from background and surroundings very elegantly and simply. Lovely!

Excellent shot!! very sharp, the dof separates the butterfly really well.
Beautiful colour and detail...
Well done...


beautiful !!!
quality excellent
wonderful colours of this butterfly :)

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-19 0:39]

Hi Peter, what a beautiful and elegant shot of this Adonis. Perfect pov showing both the underside and top of the wings and its markings. Very well composed with great light, details and sharpness. So clean and sharp I can see every detail in the head and antenni. Very nice soft background. Excellent composition all round.
:) later

Hello Peter,
Impressive capture, so beautiful so sharp
excellent POV, great composition.. Very well done


Hi Peter.
Beautiful butterfly. Perfect exposure on both the top as well as bottom of the wings.
- Nirmal

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-20 11:36]

Hola Peter,
bella macro y color...
excelentes detalles y pov.
agradable bg,

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-20 17:38]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful BLUE!!!!!!!
Excellent close-up on this lovely butterfly.
Fantastic fine details! A GREAT JOB AGAIN my friend,
Best regards from Québec!

Hi Peter!
First of all I would like to wish you all the best in new year! Only happy and nice moments! :>

According to this picture I have to say one thing: this is really Adonis among lycaenid butterflies! Fantastic, vivid colours, amazing sharpness and beautiful contrast between insect and BG make this photo one of the best picture of Lycaenidae in your collection and on TN. It is a great pleasure to watch it.

Best greetings from Lodz,

Hi Peter

You have so many stunning butterfly shots. The colours here are so vivid, the DOF spot on and the sharpness excellent. It is a lovely shot



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