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Glaucopsyche paphos

Glaucopsyche paphos
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-09
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-17 3:13
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Glaucopsyche paphos Chapman, 1920
Paphos Blue

Glaucopsyche paphos is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 20-30 mm in the family Lycaenidae
It is an endemic species of Cyprus. It is similar to the species Glaucopsyche melanops (Boisduval 1828)

The upperside ground colour of the male is a bright blue with a thin black band along the outer margin. The underside ground colour is grey-brown with a series of black spots in the postdiscal area.The upperside ground colour of the female is dark brown, almost black. The underside ground colour is dark grey-brown. The markings are similar to those of the male.

The adult butterflies start to emerge in February in coastal areas and progressively, until May, on the highest peaks of Troodos. They are on the wing until May in lowland areas and until the beginning of July in mountain areas. It only produces one brood and overwinters as a pupa.
The larval host-plants are Genista sphacelata sphacelata, Genista sphacelata crudelis and Calycotome villosa (Hairy Thorny Broom) of the Leguminosae family. Genista sphacelata ssp. crudelis is an endemic subspecies and is restricted to higher peaks of the Troodos massif. The other two host-plants are thorny bushes that are widely distributed throughout the island, apart from some areas of eastern Cyprus.
It is a very common butterfly distributed mainly in the southern, western and northern areas of Cyprus, from sea level to the highest peaks of the Troodos massif. Unrecorded only in the Mesaoria plain and some areas in the Larnaka district, where its host-plants are not found. Main habitat is maquis, garigue, phrygana and forested areas where its host-plants grow. Such habitats are very common in the Troodos and Pentadaktylos ranges, coastal areas and intermediate elevations of Lemesos and Pafos districts.

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hello Neighbour Christodoulos
this is a beauty of a butterfly
with great details and beautiful colours
very nice composition
greeting lou

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2011-04-17 3:33]

Hello Christodoulos,
I think that the species has never been shown before at TN.
The quality of the picture is fascinating. I will add it to my favourites.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Christodoulos,
Another superb sharp image, great point of view show the texture and beautiful colours and composed,
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Christodoulos,
another beautiful shot of butterfly. Excellent sharpness. Nice natural colours. Excellent DOF,
thanks for sharing,

Hi Chris,

Awesome image my friend, clinical sharpness and detail, lovely setting with the dark green mottled background, Top draw stuff Chris and well done,
Best Regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-17 3:58]

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful photo in great sharpness, details and very beautiful colours. A splendid BG too. Excellent POV and composition.

The beautiful wings of this tiny Blue butterfly have been captured very well from a nice point of view, Chris. Those four black eye-spots take the greatest attention in this picture.
Thanks and regards.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a superb macro shot of this interesting and rare Glaucopsyche, outstanding sharpness, very beautiful colours, very well done
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-17 4:17]

Hello Christodoulos,
such a lovely butterfly well presented in powerful details and sharpness. The pattern is so well seen and the hairs around the wings are so stunningly captured.
Best regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-04-17 4:54]

Hello Christodoulos,
A species of Glaucopsyche I never had seen before. You have so many different endemic butterflies in Cyprus, a rich add to the archives of TN!
And as usual the picture is perfect what concerns presentation and sharpness.
Thanks and kind regards

Ciao Christodoulos. Razor sharp and details for this small Lycaenidae, unknown to me. TFS.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-17 5:45]

Excellent composition and loads of details for this beauty, well captured. tfs.

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent Macro for this lovely butterfly.
Superb sharpness and very nice composition.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Christodoulos !
What a stunning view of this beautiful butterfly! Super elegant BG and amazing composition! I love it so much! Many congrats and TFS
Nice week!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-04-17 8:26]

Hi Chris!
A macro with incredible sharp details. The BG is fabulous and makes the subject stand out very well.
Congratulations Chris on this beauty!
Have a nice week.
ciao! vanda

Hello Christodoulos,

Very nice macro ... excellent sharpness...congeaculations...best regards..


Hello Christodoulos,
Another perfect macro with splendid colors, very good details and lovely composition.
Perfect focus and very good sharpness.

Splendid image with great detail and beautiful colours. regards yiannis

Wonderful nit image with great clarity and impeccable depth of field Christodoulos! How are you my friend? I truly miss TN and the great work of all great photographers like you here!
George Veltchev

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-04-17 10:27]

Hello Christodoulos,
You definitely can't improve on a shot like this. The focus is pin sharp allowing us to see the wonderful detail on it's wings and head area. Nicely composed with perfect exposure.

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful lighting BG, fine details, splendid natural colors and wonderful sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-17 11:28]

A wonderfull gift to all the butterflies fans like me,very impressive macro of this little lycaena whit the best quality as possible.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-04-17 13:07]

Hello Christodoulos,
A wonderful close up of this beauty in splendid light and colors.Excellent clarity and great details.TFS.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-04-18 1:01]

Excellent capture, Christodoulo!

A lovely endemic butterfly expertly captured! Your technique is outstanding!

TFS and best regards,


Hello Christodoulos, another show. Another masterpiece image for light, detail and sharpness. Now there are no adjectives to comment on your masterpieces. All the best, Paul

Γεια σου Χριστόδουλε!

excellent macro with great sharpness!

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent macro photo of this butterfly,
with very fine POV and framing, excellent contrast,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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