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Brown Hairstreak

Brown Hairstreak
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-10 8:27
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Brown Hairstreak
Thecla betulae

Distribution: N Spain, Ireland and S UK and eastwards through S Scandinavia, Central Italy and N Greece, Poland.

Identification: Distinctive. Rich underside browns with a wedge of darker brown bordered by white. Dark brown upperside with bright orange brown patch on forewing, usually absent in the male. The tails on the upperside are red in both sexes.

Flight time: July to September, most frequent from August to mid September but may be regionally and seasonally variable.

Habitat: Woodland or open places with hedges or scrub near good stands of Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), the larval food plant.

Behaviour: Secretive butterfly (usually). Most colonies cover a large area and adults of both sexes spend most of the time hidden around tree tops. Males congregate around certain "master" trees, usually Ash, where as females drop down looking for egg laying sites and also for dispersal. Thus most of my encounters have been with females. Both sexes can be found feeding on flowers (Hemp Agrimony is a favourite) but it is recorded that honeydew excreted by aphids is the preferred source of sugars - way up in the trees.

Eggs are laid singly at around 1 or 2 meters above ground level. They are located at forks in the outer twigs of Blackthorn or at the base of buds where they can be found fairly easily throughout the winter.

Additional notes: Generally only found a few times in a season due to the low density of the colonies. However, late summer 2006 was a great year in Switzerland when 4 or 5 butterflies could be found together in a small area in early September.

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Hello Marx,
what a wonderful picture of Brown Haistreak taken with superb sharpness and lighting, i like the graceful pose with the beautiful half-open wings against a dark BG, the bright colours and the nice composition are excellent.
Best regards

hello Marx
super composition with the black background
great colours
good details of the butterfly
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-10 12:41]

Hi Marx.
Very attractive and so artistic shot. I like combination of lights (in the center of the frame) and impressive surrounding shadows. You have selected charming butterfly by this way precisely. Both image of the small beauty and image of the leaves are amazing in light beams. Well done and my kind regards.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-10 15:06]

Hi Marx,
Beuatiful capture.I liked exposure,use of backlight,colors,contrast and composition a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-10 15:36]

Hola Marks.
Excellent macro. Just beautiful. Not to close, not to far.
I also like the BG.

Hello Marx
I like the point of view of this butterfly and of the leaf where hi is sitting, great composition
colors,lighting and 3D effect are excellent
Have a good night Jacqueline

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-03-11 0:51]

excellent work, great lighting and colors. tfs.

I wish to see it...
so beautiful species. And also a good photo...

Hi Marx,
A nice capture of this beautiful hairstreak butterfly. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Marx,

this are a great picture from this butterflr, good pov and sharpness.
Beatiful colours.


hello Marx!
another tiny butterfly that has been able to capture highlighting its beauty against
the black bg...thanks sERGIO

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