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Long-Tailed Blue

Long-Tailed Blue
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Lantana Flowers and their visitors [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-30 4:05
Viewed: 4366
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 66
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Long-Tailed Blue - Lampides boeticus
Tr: Lampides

The Long-Tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lampides
Species: L. boeticus

Binomial name
Lampides boeticus

Rare migrant The Long-tailed Blue is a fast-flying, migratory butterfly with a very widespread global distribution. European/world range Throughout Africa, southern Asia, Australia, Hawaii, and southern Europe. In Europe, probably only resident in Mediterranean countries, but occurs as a regular migrant and summer breeding species across Spain, France, Germany, and much of central Europe. Its distribution in most European countries is stable. Foodplants Over 45 foodplants have been recorded worldwide, most being wild and cultivated legumes. In Britain larvae have been recorded on Broad-leaved and Narrow-leaved Everlasting-pea (Lathyrus latifolius and L. sylvestris respectively), Broom (Cytisus scoparius), and Bladder-senna (Colutea arborescens). In addition, larvae are found regularly in imported produce such as mange-tout peas (Pisum sativum). Habitat A diverse range of hot, flowery habitats is used for breeding in continental Europe.


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Hi Fikret
Beautiful presentation. Fantastic light, perfect sharpnes. Great composition.
Best wishes

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-01-30 4:10]

Hi Fikret,

A superb shot,with stunning sharpness,colors and detail,well composed and TFS


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  • dewo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 9] (279)
  • [2007-01-30 5:21]

Tebrikler Fikret Bey
rebkler netlik kompozisyon alanderinligi
ne ararsanız var fotografınızda
tekrardan tebrikler cok güzel bir kare

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-30 5:29]

Oh Fikret, I like this very much. The colours and lighting are superb. And so very sharp too. I like the tails on the wings of the butterfly, very interesting to see. TFS

Merhaba Fikret,
A gift for the eyes!
I really like the light and illumination of this picture.
The POV used lets you show this amazing details, very clear and razorsharp, specially on the wing's structure, colors and pattern.
DOF on the flower looks great, with that subtle gradations of focus on their petals.
Composition is wonderful.
Congraulations, thanks for share and my best regards,

Hi Fikret,
A superb composition with flawless framing. You have caught a nice angle on the light to really bring out the textures and detail. The colors are outstanding. Really great camera work here.

Wow wow wow.........
Perfectly exposed shot. Very very clear details. The BG u achived is commandable. Against dark BG this BF looks awesome. Excellant POV and composition. Full marks to excellant focus.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-30 8:26]

Hi Fikret

Another splendid marco work from you!
This butterfly looks outstanding here and you present him with plenty of razor-sharp details and crispy-clear lines.
The colors are gorgeous, the contrast exceptional and the blurred BG is great.
I really like the composition, too and the framing as well.
Very good work!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Fikret,

Excllent colors Bg POV DOF Perfect details very crisp nicly composed aand capture photo I really like the way you presented you photo to us,

TFS Kyle

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-30 9:08]

Hello Fikret,
What a splendid capture of this beautiful butterfly - so sharp with fantastic details and superb colours! It looks really alive and I expect it to fly away any second! The background is beautiful too. The Lantana in the corner is a bit bright but so what!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-30 10:21]

Hello Fikret
This is one of the most beautiful Lampides boeticus I have ever seen photographied. What an excellent capture! Perfectly sharp and clear and with excellent colors and lighting.
Really marvellous.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-30 11:01]

Hi Fikret.
You are magician. The beauty of your art work is fantastic. I cannot to add anything more. BRAVO. My congratulations.

bonjour fikret
j'ai un peu de mal a suivre pour mes reponse,mais je ne vais pas avoir de mal a vous felicitez pour cette macro.
couleurs details netteté sont impeccable et excellent POV et DOF.bravo

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-30 13:56]

Bellas lantanas... qué haríamos sin ellas?
Otra hermosa composición de la mariposa sobre las vistosas flores con una maravillosa iluminación que nos muestra todos los colores, texturas y detalles de ambos.
Gran OOF realza aun más el primer plano de la escena con un encuadre maravilloso sobre uno de los vértice de la misma.
Gran macro Fikret... realmente.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful lantanas... what would we make without them?
Another very nice composition of the butterfly on the showy flowers with a wonderful illumination that shows us all the colors, textures and details of both.
Great OOF even enhances more the forefront of the scene with a wonderful framing on one of the vertex of the same one.
Great macro Fikret... indeed.
My best regards... Ricardo

Exceptional detail and superb exposure in the whites, a well taken shot indeed!


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-01-30 15:08]

Hello Fikret,
a beautiful macro of this Lycaenide butterfly. Light management is impressive here ... in spite of the bright light colours appear natural, not any part is overexposed. Focus and sharpness are superb.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-30 16:03]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Kompozisyon, renkler, netlik, ozellikle kanatlarin dokusu nefis cikmis. Tebrik ederim.

hi fikret!
very nice macro in a fine lightning
sharp and good pov
well done!

Hi Fikret, wonderful composition with a splendid butterfly and lovely flowers, beautiful colors and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-30 17:33]

Fikret, maravillosa nitídez y excelente captura y bellos detalles.. buena iluminación. Muchos saludos.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-30 21:43]

Hola Friket.- Bello Macro de esta Mariposa. Muy nitida y con grandes detalles en sus hermosas alas. El fondo luce exelentemente. Luis52.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-31 2:42]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Harika bir yakın plan çalışması.Işık,detaylar,kadraj,renkler,arka plan her şey dört dörtlük.Ellerinize sağlık!

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Gerçekten ekipmanlarınızı çok iyi kullanıyorsunuz,
Netlik,detaylar ve arka plan mükemmel,
Ellerinize sağlık

Hello Fikret,

Wow!!! What a wonderful picture of this very nice and tiny butterfly!!! The use of an aperture of f/8 let you have both antennas in focus! Details is awesome on the insect and you managed a great composition and pov in order to have this nice bg complimenting so well the butterfly! Exposition is perfect also in order to have no burned zone in the yellow and white (not easy also).

Great pic and TFS,


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-01-31 12:47]

Dear Fikret,
this is an absolutely perfect shot, with sophisticated light and shadow, stunning sharpness---and an interesting small insect we don't see often. Well done! Tanks for sharing.
Cheers, Dietrich

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-31 17:37]

Hello Fikrat,
Excellent capture. The colors and sharpness are excellent. A very impressive DOF that shows off those details so well. Very nice lighting and the brown back ground is wonderful. Great POV and very well composed.

Hello Fikret,
excellently composed, perfectly clear close up of this tiny little, quick and nervous blue - in very beautiful light that is shaping both the butterfly and its floral underground in a marvellously colourful and three-dimensional way.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-01 6:51]

Hi Fikret,
Very beautiful composition showing this fine butterfly in a wonderful soft-coloured environment.I like also the grey background fitting so well with the yellow and pink of the flower.
Best regards

Hello Fikret,
As usual this is a high quality post from you. Those details are really amazing and this composition, lightning, POV, BG are just superb. This is a beautiful and very well lightened post, congratulations!

Very beautiful indeed, Fikret.
The 'macro sharpness' is excellent as well as the composition.
And last but not least; the light dispalying the subtle wing structure.

Bonjour Fikret
Une excellente photo en macro de ce joli papillon,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

Merhaba Fikret bey tebrikler cok guzel olmus hersey super selamlar Necip.

Hello Friket.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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