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My only turkish butterfly

My only turkish butterfly
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6482 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/300 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-08 1:25
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Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Lycaenidae

Subfamily: Polyommatinae

Tribe: Polyommatini

Genus: Polyommatus

Species: P. icarus

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.
Male uppersides are an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown with a row of red spots along the edges. They usually have some blue at the base of the wings and, especially in Ireland and Scotland, are mostly blue but always have the red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and more brownish in the females. Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings (extending onto the forewings though generally fainter, particularly in the males where they are sometimes missing altogether). There are about a dozen black centered white spots on the hind wings, nine on the forwings. The white fringe on the outer edge of the wings is not crossed with black lines as it is in the Chalkhill and Adonis Blues, an important difference when separating these species, particularly the females.
It is Britain's (and probably Europe's) most common and most widespread blue, found as far north as Orkney and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings and also many man made habitats, anywhere where their food plants are found.
It is widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.The main food plant on most sites is Bird's foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Others used include Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Common Restharrow Ononis repens, White Clover Trifolium repens and Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium. Eggs are laid singly on young shoots of their food plants.
The caterpillar is small, pale green with yellow stripes and as usual with lycid larvae rather slug-like. Hibernation occurs as a half grown larvae. They are attractive to ants but not as much as some other species of blues. The chrysalis is olive green/brown and formed on the ground where it is attended by ants which will often take it into their nests. The larvae creates a substance called honey dew, which the ants eat while the butterfly lives in the ant hill. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood flying between June and September. In a long warm year there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.

Polyommatus icarus
(Rottemburg, 1775)
Argo azzurro

30-35 mm. - Comune in tutta Italia.
Piccolo lepidottero dallo spiccato dimorfismo sessuale. I maschi con ali superiormente blu e con riflessi violacei, margini soffusi di nero e contornati di frange bianche. Le femmine hanno livrea marrone con riflessi bluastri. Le parti inferiori, in ambedue i sessi, sono grigiastre o marrone chiaro, con macchie nere contornate di bianco e serie complete di lunule arancioni puntate di nero.
La specie, svernante allo stadio di bruco, compare da aprile in poi con due o tre generazioni annuali. Le larve vanno alla ricerca di varie Papilionacee (gen. Medicago, Genista, Trifolium, Lathyrus, Ononis, Lotus, ecc..); si presentano verdi con linea medio dorsale più scura e fianchi percorsi a livello degli stigmi da una fascia biancastra. La ninfosi dura circa due settimane.

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hello Luciano
litted up beautifully with intense colours very good composition,very fine macro capture from Turkey
TFS thanks for sharing

Ciao Luciano,
probabilmente in Turchia hai incontrato cose più affascinanti ed interessanti di questo Argo azzurro, ma paradossalmente si potrebbe dire che lo scatto vale il viaggio, in quanto in qualche modo hai fermato un attimo del tempo trascorso in vacanza, l'immagine è straordinariamente bella e di altissima qualità come i tuoi più recenti scatti e mi piace molto la composizione accuratissima. Sono orgoglioso dei tuoi apprezzamenti alle mie immagini.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-07-08 1:57]
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Bonjour Luciano,

Un seul papillon... et en plus un vieux... ahahah!
Ce n'est pas l'endroit?

Ce vieil azuré est fort sympathique!
Bonne capture, bravo pour la gestion de la lumière.
Bonne journée


Hello Luciano !
Amazing shot of this poor old and worn-out butterfly - he may not be as beautiful as some others, but the quality of the picture is exceptional. The sharpness and details, the colors, the composition, the POV, the pose of the butterfly, everything is just perfect. Very well done !

Hi Luciano,
A nice capture of this beautiful common blue butterfly. Very well composed with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Luciano
Wings are destroyed but the butterfly is still beautifull. Good sharpness, perfect POV. Background is blured but little bit disturbing. Maybe you could remove the white blinks from background

Hola Luciano,
Magnífica captura con bonita composición, gran nitidez y detalle, a pesar de tener destrozadas las alas, sigue conservando su belleza, saludos
José Ramón

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-08 3:15]

Hello Luciano,
Perfect. The details are razorsharp and the colors are superb. Wonderful! Well done & TFS!
Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-08 3:23]

Slav Lûcîano,
Wonderful close up this butterfly from Turkey.Excellent sharp and details.Very well composed.Thanks for sharing.Have a nice day.

Ciao Luciano, eh no che non ci casco, mica parla turco questa qui, te la sei portata appresso dall'Egitto era mummificata insieme a Tutankhamon, la foto tecnicamente è bella, la puoi efficacemente utilizzare per i rcordini, requiescat....ciao Silvio

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-07-08 4:07]

Hello Luciano,
I think that you took shot in last moment because this butterfly with so worn out wings will end soon his life. In Turkey isn't easy life for butterflies.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Luciano

Good shot of this very worn blue.
Great POV and sharpness, good details.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-08 6:45]

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful photo in great sharp details and natural, clear colours. Maybe you can blur the BG a bit more. Good POV and a nice composition.

Hi Luciano,

Your Turkish butterfly is beautifully captured with fine details & sharpness. Hope that you can find some more & TFS.



Ciao Luciano,

Ottima cattura, buone impostazioni per consentire buon livello di dettaglio. Esso mostra il deterioramento della farfalla ala, senza che ciò desentone nel complesso, invece, dà un tocco pertinenti. Magnifica brillante, molto equilibrato. Buona presentazione basata sulla linea trasversale dei fiori e insetti rappresentano inverso .

Ottimo lavoro, ben fatto amico!



Salut Luciano,
Un seul, mais celui-là est vétéran! Il a mené quantité de batailles contre le vent, les prédateurs et j'en passe. Belle composition et bravo pour l'audace!
J'imagine que tu as bien profité des belles plages turques plutôt que de partir à la chasse aux papillons...;) Amicalement,

Ciao amico Luciano, an awesome macro of this poor Turkish common blue from nice POV with excellent lighting, details, great DOF and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-08 12:42]

Hi Luciano. The commonBlue looks as if its had a hard time and looking a bit worn around the edges. You have taken it with good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

Qualitativamante eccellente non c'è dubbio. Ma che fanno alle farfalle in Turchia le torturano?


hello Luciano

an excellent macro photo of this butterfly
with a very beautiful luminosity, fine POV & DOF,
fine focus with great sharpness and details, TFS


bonjour Luciano
très belle image de ce vieux Common Blue aux ailes un peu abîmées
la composition est excellente et les details sont vraiment superbes
belle luminosité et profondeur de champs
passe une bonne nuit

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-09 16:54]

Hi Luciano,

This Common Blue has seen better days but I guess people may say that about me too. Still lovely even with the ragged wings. I love the pose on the very pretty flowers. Colors and details are excellent, as always.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-09 21:38]

Hello Luciano,
A fine capture of a very worn out P. icarus taken from a fine POV to show its closed wings with excellent sharpness and lighting against a busy but OOF natural Bg. Well composed diagonally on the seed stem.
It must have been too hot for butterflies in Turkey!
The first generations have already died out with a few survivors like this one!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Bonjour Luciano,
Il a beaucoup d'heures de vol to papillon turque !!!
Très bonne photo malgré tout et excellente note

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-11 3:52]

Hi Luciano,
this lovely diagonal composition is exciting with the butterfly head down.
Very sharp for both, the butterfly and the flowers.
nice and strong light enhance the beauty of this capture.
well presented shot.


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