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Yellow-spotted Blue

Yellow-spotted Blue
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia, Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Butterflies of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-18 5:29
Viewed: 3824
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Yellow-spotted Blue (Candalidea xanthospilos) from the Lycaenidae Family. Curiously this species has no blue in its colour scheme. The upper surface is brown with the characteristic yellow-orange spot. The under surface is white with a few black dots. They have a 24mm winigspan.

This species in well distributed through coastal southeastern Australia in open eucalypt woodland and forest with a heath understorey.

This one is feeding from the flowers of its favourite larval food plant the native Rice Flower (Pimelea linifolia).

Info: Braby, M.F 2004 Butterflies of Aaustralia. CSIRO, Collinwood, Victoria.

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tres jolie photo, bonne capture, couleurs excentes, parfais BGet DOV

I like your photo. Pretty good sharpnes very nice colors. I am wondering why there is guide to dragonflies in your note and why the photo is a part of the theme "Birds of Australia" :-)
Best wishes


great angle, beautiful colors,
this is a very beautiful butterfly,


hi chris,
nice shot of this small butterfly,
well composed, with fine pov,
well done,i have posted 4 species of similar kind of blue butterflies.
tfs & regards

Hi Chris,
Great BF capture.
Beautiful macro work.Colors,point of view and sharpness are amazing.

Hello Chris,
Excellent shot of this butterfly.
The POV used let us appreciate the pattern of the wings with that yellow spots on it.
The background adds somethig extra to the photo, with that particular color which makes a vibrant contrast.
Well balanced, nice composition, I like the frame used also.
Congratulatons and regards,

Hi Chris,
wonderful capture of this butterfly. Great PoV and DoF to highlight the details of the insect. The soft, brown background contrasts beautifully against both the plant's green and the butterfly's yellow. I wish the composition was slightly different though because I have the feeling that the butterfly is goint to leave the frame any moment now :-)

Hello Chris,

Excllent colors Bg POV DOF Perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, nice job

TFS Kyle

Good POV! The colors and exposure are excellent, on the composition front i would have given more space in the direction of head and not in the back( This is just a personal view and not a nit really)

Hi Chris,
Very nice shot you've taken.
It's hard to take black(almost) colour, but you did it nicely.
Great DOF and POV, outstanding details!!
Very well done, Chris.
Regards and TFS,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-18 11:53]

Hello Chris,
This is a beaut! Again a species new to me.
Sharp, well presented and with an interestingly coloured BG. The diagonal composition of the twig in one direction and the b-fly in the other is very effective.
Well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan

This is a uniquely different species of the Blue, perhaps seen for the first time on TN, Chris.
Lovely image that exhibits all the charateristics mentioned in your note.
Good POV, DOF, colours and composition.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-12-18 12:47]

Hello Chris,
a well focused and sarp picture of this little beauty. By the point of view, you artfully suppressed the broken right forewing which is not noticed at first glance. Composition and colours are pretty good.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-18 13:10]

Hello Chris,
This is a real beauty, so small and with the large yellow markings on the wings! Pretty sharp and nice colours. I really like the composition too even though the background is a bit strange.
TFS, Ulla

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-18 14:07]

Beautiful composition with pleasant point of view.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, colors, DOF, focus, sharpness, lighting, background, framing.

I like it: notes.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

Excellent presentation Chris, thank you for sharing.
My best wishes... Ricardo

Hi Chris,

This is a beautiful composition
good sharpness with very good details
nice POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

Hi Chris

Interesting note, thank you! Love the colour tones in this shot. Good POV and nice clear sharp details. :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-19 3:55]

Hi Chris

Another very beautiful macro from you!
This butterfly is gorgeous and i love the big light spots on his wings - they make a great contrast with the general color of the wings.
Also teh POV is very nice, the DOF is great ans the sharpness very good.
Nicly framed and composed.

Bravo and TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-19 18:04]

Hello Chris,
Excellent macro.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

Good shot, I can see the detail in the fine hairs at the wing tips, nice camera work.


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-20 10:16]

Hello Chris,

Nice picture of this little butterfly which will use his colors for camouflage, I'm pretty sure... It is the first time I saw a butterfly of this family: Lycaenidae! Thank you very much for sharing that picture with us...


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