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Acutely Threatened in Sweden

Acutely Threatened in Sweden
Photo Information
Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Blue Things III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-23 8:07
Viewed: 3515
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is the other species that I captured on my 350 km trip north.

This is one of the rarest and most threatened species in Sweden
Reverdin’s Blue female (Plebejus argyrognomon)

Swedish name: Kronärtsblåvinge

This species has been shown a few times on TN

It has always been rare in Sweden where it is a relic of the warmer times after the Ice Age. It is found in small concentrated populations around where its larval host plant, Wild Liquorice, Astragalus glycyphyllos, occurs.

In Sweden this is only concentrated within about a 30-km area along the border between Östergötland and Eastern Småland. The other Scandinavian population in Norway, by Oslo Fiord is also acutely threatened. In Sweden it is red-listed and protected.

It is also locally distributed in C., E. and S. Europe

The female, seen here is more beautiful that the male that is all blue on the upper surfaces of the wings, the eye-markings at the base of the hind-wing being striking. It can be told from the other Plebejus species by the almost continuous orange band on the u/s of the hind-wing (seeWORKSHOP) and by its larger size.

This was taken at a distance of about 2 meters and after moderate cropping it was selectively sharpened.

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WOW, Ivan!
how beautiful, yet so sad!
The POV you've chosen is superb, and the pose is also excellent!
An awesome macro, my friend!

Hello Ivan,

A great shot with beautiful colors, sharpness & fine details with rare specie of butterflies in Sweden. Nicely done & TFS.



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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-07-23 8:57]

Hello Ivan,
Very good settings and superb result. Glossy dark wings against dark blurred BG suit tonal.
Regards, Pawel

A good find Ivan.
The subtle colours in the wings here have surprising impact when the light catches them just right.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-23 9:23]

Hi Ivan,

You must have been thrilled to get this rare shot! She really is a beautiful butterfly. A lovely position showing off the wonderful colors and fine details of the wings. Unusual to hear the female is more beautiful than the male!


Ciao Ivan, congratulations for great capture of rare little butterfly, superb macro with fantastic colors and splendid sharpness, beautiful blurry BG and fine details, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-23 9:39]

Hello Ivan
Another beautiful closed up.Good POV and very sharp image.Details are amasing,beautiful colors also.
TFS Michel

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-23 9:57]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Muy bella la foto de esta elegente Mariposa. Creo que bien valio el largo viaje para lograr esta foto de alto valor y contenido.
Saludos. Un abrazo fraternal.

Hi, Ivan.
A beautiful butterfly, and the lighting picks out the blue iridescence very nicely. The workshop is useful for ID purposes, also - thanks. There is a tiny mis-spelling of the English name ;)
Regards, Nigel.

  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-23 10:46]

Great macro of this butterfly!

hello Ivan
this is a super composition with good details and beautiful colours
nice light that make the picture EXTRA
great shot
greeting lou

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this rare blue butterfly of Sweden. Very good composition and good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-23 12:02]

Hello Ivan,
Great shot of Plebejus argyrognomon. Excellent sharp details with well exposed and beautiful colours. Good lighting and well composed. Very well done and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Ivan,

A great shot, focus and dof spot on, colours and background really combine to make a great shot. The iredescent on the wings shows well. It sad that this species is under threat. Your mangaged to get a good shot all the same.

TFS regards Bill

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-23 12:35]

Hi Ivan. You were lucky to have seen this rare Butterfly. The Reverdin’s Blue female is a beautiful looking insect let hope it survives.Taken with good detail and rich colours. I can see all the little hairs on the edge of the wings. well done TFS.

hello Ivan

i am not a macro photo photographer, i will do a little
critique/comment, i am not sure if i could do it better than you,
ah Ivan if you could also put in focus the right wing
of this butterfly, i think the photo would be more beautiful,
i love the pose on the WS and the POV on the butterfly, TFS


ciao Ivan!
bella specie di plebejus catturata nel nord della Svezia,durante il tuo viaggio
perfetti dettagli delle ali e ottima compo
complimenti e grazie sERGIO

Buen equilibrio y a destacar el excelente trabajo realizado con la luz y las diferentes tonalidades.
Un buen documento también por la especie de que se trata. Saludos Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

hello Ivan
the very beautiful composition and the splendid colours of butterfly, with a note of art that it inspires the pose and the POV, front in a also good background constitute one exceptional photo

Hi Ivan,

Lovely captured of this tiny butterfly. Very nice PoV. Sharp and clear image with nice bg.


thanks for driving 350km to bring back this great close-up of the wonderful and rare butterfly for us! :-)
sharpness and composition are perfect as usual, love the details and colors on the wings.
i hope there will be time soon in which they are not threatened anymore. well done & best wishes, thor.

Hello Ivan,
At least your long trip was very successful
Very good capture of this superb butterfly,great focus with sharp details

Hi Ivan,

a true beauty, Ivan. You present an amazing number of interesting objects found in Southern Sweden. This species must be a rare sight anywhere in Europe. Thanks for letting us participate in your discoveries!

Best regard

Hello Ivan,
Thanks for sharing this rare species of blue family. Beautiful marking is well seen. Good use of sunlight to show fine detail. Very well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-24 11:55]

Hello mIvan,
What a fantastic photo. The saturation in the colours is so beautiful. Excellent sharp details in a wonderful composition. A shame that this beauty is treatened. I like the workshop also.

Hello Ivan
brilliant shot of this Reverdin's Blue, his great pose shows the beautiful colors from the upperside of his wings
excellent composition and very sharp details
Have a great WE

There must be a special feeling one has when they capture a good image of a thing which is rare..Congratulations. I have added it to the blue theme I started and now in its third section!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-27 7:40]

Hi Ivan,
nice capture of the blue. The effect of the grass curving is very lovely.
Well composed in good light resulting in glows and shines.
Nice and full of brilliance.


  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2009-08-01 0:31]
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Hello Ivan,
It's a beautiful species indeed. I have never seen it before. I wonder why this species is threatened? Is it because of habitat loss? Details, colours and exposure are all perfect here.
Best greetings and TFS!

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