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Alpine Argus

Alpine Argus
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-24 9:23
Viewed: 3825
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a small butterfly which is occasionally found in restricted places. I posted already 2 pictures of this species to TN. But I could not resist to post a third one, because it nicely shows the hairy body of the specimen.
In this case, I used another picture format as usual.
Try pressing F11 to see the entire picture on your computer screen.

I include here the text of one of the previous pictures.
The species shown is
- Plebeius orbitulus (= Albulina orbitulus)
- family: Lycaenidae

English: Alpine Argus
German: Heller Alpenbläuling

Species information
P. orbitulus is a small butterfly of the family Lycaenidae with a very restricted distribution in Europe. It is found in the Alps and some parts of Scandinavia where it is obviously rare (Henriksen and Kreutzer, 1982).
However, it also occurs in mountain areas of Central Asia.
In the Alps, habitats are at elevations from 1800 m upwards.
Foodplant of the caterpillar: Astragalus alpinus

North Italian Alps, way from Lake Zufritt to Sälent-Joch.
Altitude: about 2300 m

- natural light (ISO 400)
- no wind
- handheld

* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Higgins LG & Hargreaves (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. Collins, London.
* Huemer P. (2004) Die Tagfalter Südtirols. - Folio Verlag, Wien - Bozen.
* Henriksen HJ & Kreutzer IB (1982) The Butterflies of Scandinavia in Nature. - Skandinavisk Bogforlag, Odense.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-24 10:11]

Hallo Peter,
Incredible sharp-detailed photo of this butterfly. Splendid natural colours, also in the OOF BG. Great composition and DOF.

very good clearity...
I never saw this species before in any internet source. really lovely..

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2008-11-24 10:39]

Hello Peter
great macro with wonderful details, splendid contrast and excellent sharpness. A very elegant composition

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-24 11:10]

Hello Peter , Splendid shot of capture , wonderful pose great sharpnes details colours pov and dof very good ,Greetings Teunie .

A fine capture showing the feathery scalation of this Argus to a perfection under favourable illumination Peter, the darkish OOF BG makes this a beautiful composition indeed!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-24 11:37]

Hola Peter,
perfecta macro,
selecto encuadre y detalles...
espléndido pov,

Hallo Peter,
what a beautiful species and its great macro-shot. I have not seen it previously. Sharp details, POV and composition superb.
Good informative notes. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this Alpine Argus with great POV and composition, sharp details and nicely blurred BG.

hi Peter,
so close extreme rich of wonderful details
a great macro shot!!!

best sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-24 16:00]

Hi Peter,very beautiful work,nothing to say about the pic,it's perfect under all therms of valutation,just my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

This remarkable macro of a hairy little Argus deserves pride of the place on TN, Peter.
The species is truly unique and you have captured its hairy body extremely well.
Thanks for sharing the picture and best regards.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-24 23:14]

Hello Peter,

You have shown very well the etxture of the wings in this excelent close-up. I like the soft light you have used and the way you have rendered so many grey color tones. As you have chosen a well adapted DOF very good details can be seen on the whole insect.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Peter,

Very well composed picture. Excellent exposure. Great sharpness and splendid detail. Good natural colours too.

przepiękny Modraszek! Lycaenidae to moja ulubiona rodzina motyli dziennych. To zdjęcie jest moim zdaniem świetne! Pięknie pokazuje włoski na ciele owada - świetny DOF. Super kolory i POV.
Gratuluję i dziękuję za pokazanie tego zdjęcia

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-25 9:00]

Hello Peter, Good macro shot with superb closeup. Excellent clarity. Ganesh

Hi Peter,
da hast Du eine haarige Schönheit gefunden. Sieht aus als hätte sie ein Wintermäntelchen übergeworfen. Ich lerne wieder mal 'ne Menge von Dir, so einen Bläuling hab' ich auch noch nie gesehen, vielen Dank,
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-25 19:34]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding shot of this very beautiful Alpine Argus with immaculate sharpness and clear details on its wings. The bristles look majestic. Beautiful lighting and this upside down pose looks superb. You really have made this look larger than life. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-11-25 22:44]

Excellente profondeur de champ et bon cadrage.
Bonne journée.

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-11-26 7:27]

Hello Peter,

Excellent capture of this butterfly. Little as it is but it's beauty is amazing. excellent focusing, lighting and sharpness. The details are crisp and clear. The colors are splindid, good composition and a very nice POV. TFS this smal pretty butterfly.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-26 9:22]

Hello Peter,
This is such a little beauty and you've captured it really well here in a fine pose. Excellent details and beautiful light and subtle colours. A lovely composition too.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hello Peter,

Splendid close up.
Wonderful colours with good details.
Light, focus and definition are fantastic.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-26 14:29]

Fantastic shot Peter, very nice capture with a superb composition
Superb detail,Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting

Ciao Peter, beautiful diagonal composition with elegant butterfly, perfect focus with wonderful blurry BG, great natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Witaj Piotrek,
In fact, Alpine Argus went out here very beautifully . His gentle down on wings is well visible. Very curious picture.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Hi Peter,
Amazingly wonderfly macro capture of this beautiful argus in profile with great clarity. The side-lighting was revealed all surface datails on the underwings.
TFS this fine shot and cheers,

Was für ein "Gefieder", ein tolles Macro.
Viele Grüße,

Ciao Peter,
bellissima immagine di questo piccolo Licenide, eccellenti POV e DOF, mi piace molto la composizione con la bella posa su questo rametto gemmato, super definizione con una "texture" delle ali "vellutata", splendide le tonalità dei colori.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-04 8:48]

merhaba peter
wonderful macro photo of this interesting and feathered butterfly
i like POV, BG, DOF, sharpness and details

Hallo Peter,

ein Meisterschuss, den ich schon bewundert aber bisher noch nicht kommentiert habe. Es ist das Licht und dien grosse Schärfe, die beeindrucken. Und eine Schmetterlings-Art, von welcher ich noch nie gehört habe. Wunderbar!

Herzlich grüsst Dieter

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-01 7:48]

Hi again, Peter
It is so delightful to see your gallery!! All your pictures are amazing, extraordinary good and beautiful.
This little one is not often seen. I am really delighted.
Thank you very much for all your excellent and interesting job.
My best regards

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