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Meleager's Blue

Meleager's Blue
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-25 3:26
Viewed: 3590
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lately butterflies became the main subjects of my photos. First of all there is plenty of them everywhere and they are no doubt very beautiful creatures. When I see such beauty I just have to take a shot.

On the photo you can see a Polyommatus daphnis. I "discovered" it a few days ago on an oats field. "Discovered" because I've never knew such beauty live in my region and that was the first time I saw it.

Polyommatus daphnis (Meleager's Blue) is quite special species from Lycaenidae family.
As far as I know in this family almost always males are more beautiful then females. They have beautiful vivid colours on their wings while females are often dark and less interesting.

In this case the female is a real beauty - you can see her on my photo.

She is easily recognised by the beautiful scalloped edge of the hindwing, as well as by a very characteristic overall appearance - dark wings with a kind of blue shadow on them.

The male is bright blue all over the uppersides and has notably less deep scalloping therefore it looks far more like a Common Blue.

As I found out they like limestone, sunny slopes, so I have absolutely no idea what they are doing in my region (totally flat wet meadows, fields and forests though on the lime_soil)

The species can be found across much of central eastern and south eastern Europe but it seems to be very local and uncommon. In western Europe it flies in Italy, Spain, France and Switzerland.
They aren't rather very common and in some regions of Poland this species is under strict protection.

The photo have been taken in sunny evening after quite cold, rainy day. During the day butterflies couldn't fly, so when the weather changed they started to climb plants and bask in the sunshine.
I found this fellow sitting on the oats. He was so lazy that didn't even tried to fly away, so I have some good shots.
Unfortunetelly the light conditions weren't perfect and therefore the photos have nice mood but the details on the b'flies aren't very well visible. Anyway, I hope you like it.

dew77, wallhalla15, jagathcham, red45, christophe, chiliu, carper, coasties, sAner, Janice, electra, marhowie, phlr, Comandante, bedford67, Signal-Womb, TAZ, RAP has marked this note useful
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Very good composition, pov and colours. The focus on subject is great.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-25 3:45]

Hello Monika!
Very nice capture.POV,lighting,BG,colors,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hello Monika, great macro and a good sharpness. Very good note, great work. Thanks sharing,

Hi Monika,
A beautiful bfly photo with great details.
I like it's POV and composition.
A good framing too.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-25 4:02]
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Great note Monika and also great photo. This butterfly is similiar in shape to Common Blue, even central parts of its body are blue ;-) Nice pose and POV but first of all beautifull patterns on its wings and delicate colours. Not a spider but also good catch ;-)

Hi Monika
Great capture, excellent composition and light
In a friendly way Christophe

Nice macro, Monika
Good sharpness, colour and details. Nicely framed.

nice one Monika,
good composing shot, very beautiful colours, good pov and a very good dof, very good job here,
gr. Jaap

Hi Monika

Nice shape to the wings. I like the scalloped edges. Lovely colours, good detail and clarity. Good light. Sharpness is a bit soft though. Nice all the same. Thanks.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-25 6:40]

Hi Monika,

Perfect. The details are razorsharp and the colors are superb. Wonderful! Well done & TFS!


She's a beauty Monika. A well composed shot, excellent colours and sharp details. You must be happy with your new camera. Very well done, thank you. Notes are great too, as usual:) Thank you.

Hi Monika,

beautiful picture. Wonderful warm colours. You can see that it late in the summer on the background. I like it.

Very nice Monika! Well composed with great colors, details and an excellent note!!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-25 9:28]

Great shot!
Great notes too!
This species doesn't exist in my country, Portugal.

Hello Monika!
Wonderful butterfly close up.Sharpness,clear details,BG and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-25 16:00]

fajnie złapany, piękne kolory. Sezon na motyle trwa i chyba też się włączę do pokazania ostatnich zdobyczy. Dobra nota.
Pozdr. Al.

Love the tight composition Monika, great colours, nice detail, wonderful note. I always like your notes it reads like a diary. Well done.

Nic one Monika. Somehow you have managed to get the butterfly stand out from the distracting background.

Hello Monika,
Wow! It's a great shot, very nice. Composition, contrast and colours are perfect. The note is also very interesting. Cheer.
TFS, cordially,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-27 3:49]

What a superb butterfly that you have well captured ! I like the shape of the wings! Thanks for sharing Monika.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-25 14:24]
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Excelente macro con bellos colores y hermosa composición.
Muy interesante tus notas.

Excellent macro with pretty colors and beautiful composition.
Very interesting your notes.

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