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Common Blue

Common Blue
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-200L + ext. tubeKenko 36mm, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-08 6:52
Viewed: 2524
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

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Witam Paweł
Bardzo ładny ikarus, ładnie załamuje światło na skrzydłach.
Bardzo dobra kompozycja i notka

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-08 7:04]

Hello Pawel
Nice capture with beautiful colors and excellent details.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-08 7:18]

Hello Pawel,
Beautiful photo in great sharpness and details. Excellent contrasting clear colours against the darker BG. Good composition and POV.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-08 9:33]

Hello Pawel,
An excellent capture of a male P. icarus
+: Sharpness, DOF, pose, POV, BG, composition (looks great on this grass), colours and lighting.
-: none
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Pawel,

A good shot of this butterfly. Good fine focus and dof. Colours are good and natural. Nice background shows off subject well. TFS

Regards Bill

Ciao Pawel, wonderful macro with fantastic colors, superb details and splendid sharpness, beautiful common blue, very well done, ciao Silvio

Marvelous butterfly and a wonderful photo. Nice details, sharpness and colors.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-08 11:11]

Hello Pawel,
this is one of my favorite butterflies.
You captured him very nice with the open wings, such pretty colours and with good sharpness. Nicely contrasted color with very good detail and exposure.Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-08 13:27]

Hi Pawel.You have taken such a fine clse up of this Common Blue Butterfly. It has sharp focusing and fine detail. Your top POV lets us see the wing markings so well. well done TFS.

hello Pawel!
great sharpness and good composition
of this blue...

best sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-08 15:46]

Hi Pawel,not easy to take so perfectly the blue reflections of the wings of this common and little butterfly!You manage very well the light for a best result as possible.Excellent sharpness too! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-08 20:43]

beautiful colors, excellent image with good viewpoint. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-06-09 1:18]

Czesc Pawel,
One of the most beautiful in this tiny blue butterfly ...
Very good macro,
Great colours, good details and composition
Best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-06-09 13:44]

Very good photo!
Brilliant colours.
Superb clarity.

Well done,


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