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Silver-studded Blue

Silver-studded Blue
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Copyright: Matt Berry (rodosranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 347] (2101)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji S 7000, 55mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-01 15:46
Viewed: 3255
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Female of the species (Plebeius argus), taken on a recent sunny evening. Its perched on Bell Heather at a heathland site that is due to be built on soon! Where I live its one of the final fragments of what was once a vast area of beautiful heath, all now under concrete, what are we doing to the planet!?

This small butterfly is found mainly in heathland where the silvery-blue wings of the males provide a marvellous sight as they fly low over the heather. The females are brown and far less conspicuous but, like the male, have distinct metallic spots on the hindwing. In late afternoon the adults often congregate to roost on sheltered bushes or grass tussocks.

The Silver-studded Blue has a restricted distribution but occurs in large numbers in suitable heathland and coastal habitats. It has undergone a major decline through most of its range.

A wide variety of ericaceous and leguminous plants are used: on heathland the most common are Heather (Calluna vulgaris), Bell Heather (Erica cinerea), Cross-leaved Heath (E. tetralix), gorses (Ulex spp.); and on calcareous sites mainly Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Common Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium), and Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa).

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Beautiful pose and great natural colours. Thanks, Ori

beautifully composed!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-02 6:30]

an excelent photo of this species!
5* photo!
Very useful notes too.
We have it in Portugal too, but not a very common butterfly.

Spectacular shot Matt. Excellent POV. Very good clarity. Tack sharp and full of lovely colours. Excellent work. Thanks.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-03 2:27]

Beautiful shot of that butterfly precariously perched on the flower. Excellent composition. Sharp details and gorgeous colors. Well done and TFS. : )

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