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See you on chamomile

See you on chamomile
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A painter's dream, Fotos con Alma [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-25 7:21
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Lycaenidae

Subfamily: Polyommatinae

Tribe: Polyommatini

Genus: Polyommatus

Species: P. icarus

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.
Recently, Polyommatus icarus was discovered in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada by Ara Sarafian. An amateur entomologist, he had been observing the butterfly from 2005 to 2008. He contacted the Canadian National Collection of Insects in Ottawa where the butterfly was identified as P. icarus, a new alien butterfly to Canada and North America. The butterfly seems to be well established and is extending its range from year to year.
The main food plant on most sites is Bird's foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Others used include Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Common Restharrow Ononis repens, White Clover Trifolium repens and Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium. Eggs are laid singly on young shoots of their food plants.
The caterpillar is small, pale green with yellow stripes and as usual with lycid larvae rather slug-like. Hibernation occurs as a half grown larvae. They are attractive to ants but not as much as some other species of blues. The chrysalis is olive green/brown and formed on the ground where it is attended by ants which will often take it into their nests. The larvae creates a substance called honey dew, which the ants eat while the butterfly lives in the ant hill. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood flying between June and September. In a long warm year there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.

Polyommatus icarus (Rottemburg 1775) Icaro
Piccolo lepidottero dallo spiccato dimorfismo sessuale. I maschi con ali superiormente blu e con riflessi violacei, margini soffusi di nero e contornati di frange bianche. Le femmine hanno livrea marrone con riflessi bluastri. Le parti inferiori, in ambedue i sessi, sono grigiastre o marrone chiaro, con macchie nere contornate di bianco e serie complete di lunule arancioni puntate di nero.

La specie, svernante allo stadio di bruco, compare da aprile in poi con due o tre generazioni annuali. Le larve vanno alla ricerca di varie Papilionacee (gen. Medicago, Genista, Trifolium, Lathyrus, Ononis, Lotus, ecc..); si presentano verdi con linea medio dorsale più scura e fianchi percorsi a livello degli stigmi da una fascia biancastra. La ninfosi dura circa due settimane.

Distribuzione ed ecologia
L'areale abbraccia Europa ed Asia temperata, presente anche in Nordafrica e Anatolia. In Italia è specie alquanto diffusa dal livello del mare ai 2000 m. Nel territorio è tra i più comuni lepidotteri, lo si riscontra in cespuglieti, siepi e margini boschivi.

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Ciao Luciano, bella coppia di piccolette, sempre interessante beccare maschio e femmina insieme, bravo a tenerle a fuoco tutte e due, ottimi colori naturali, ciao Silvio

When I look this image, I feel the fresh spring aromas in the air , friend Luciano!
Great bright colors, lovely scene, nice composition and valuable notes indeed! Very professional presentation indeed!
George Veltchev

Ciao Caro amico Luciano,
Una foto dolce, bella, brillante, allegro! bravo ... è buono per illuminare il giorno ... queste farfalle sembrano galleggiare via in qualsiasi momento! grazie! Saluti, Jesús

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-25 9:09]

Hi Luciano,
Splendid photo, great lights and colors, congratulations!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-25 12:20]

Hello Luciano.
What a lovely composition, and a great POV, good detail on both the Butterflies, and great colours too.Best regards Siggi

hello Luciano
great composition with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

bonjour Luciano

une très très jolie photo de ses papillons avec leurs fleurs,
excellent POV, superbement focusé avec la netteté et détail,
une très jolie luminosité, juste dans les hautes lumières
(le blanc) manque de détails dans certains endroit
mais à d'autres endroits excellent détails dans les blancs,



Ciao amico,

Looks like you caught quite an intimate moment between these two:), the focus looks perfect.
They both seem to stand out against their surroundings. Nicely spotted.
TFS and have a great/amusing:) night!


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-25 13:50]

Hii Luciano,
An excellent composition with great sharpness, details and very nice colours.Have a nice day.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-25 14:43]

Hi Luciano,

Great capture of that pair! You were quite fortunate to find both of them together on that flower. Good details and colours. Terrific POV, showing the profile of each butterfly. Nice glimpse of the inside of the male's wings also. TFS.


Ciao Grande Amico Luciano,
un gran bel scatto, colori stupendi ottimo POV, ottima nitidezza e contrasto.
Colpo da maestro
Complimenti e grazie per la condivisione
ciao vanni

Hi Luciano,

an very nice picture with good pov and dof.
Fine colours.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-05-26 4:00]

Eh...Luciano, che meraviglia!
Mi piace molto..le due farfalle tra i fiori di camomilla...fantastico carosello di colori.
Immagine perfettamente nitida. Luce splendida con un bel gioco di ombre.

Ciao Luciano. Bella accoppiata tra un intrigante gioco di luce ombre. Perfetto il dettaglio. Peccato il fiore in mezzo alle "b...".


Superbe pose Luciano
un grande successo, per una molto bella foto
Grazie amicizie

Time is chasing but….
Absolutely spectacular – Such a bliss to look at such subtle detail and radiance. The colours are wonderful, the quality of the picture just great.

bonjour Luciano
superb image, un régal pour les yeux, les couleurs sont lumineuses sous le beau soleil de printemps, les details sont impressionnants sur le corps et sur les ailes de ce couple d' Argus bleus qui se sont donnés rendez-vous sur les camomilles
merci pour le partage et bonne nuit, mon ami

Luciano, you have such wonderful veriaty of butterflies and moths. I really enjoyed reviewing your collection.


Hello Luciano.
Fabulous bright colors of the spring in the air. Lovely details with the celebrating butterflies in fine capture and framing.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day my friend.

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