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Maculinea arion

Maculinea arion
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland , Schmetterlinge CH 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-18 1:50
Viewed: 3192
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On my Valais excursions:

On our common excursion with Anne (anel), Peter (batu) on the Moosalp (see "Map"; 2'075 m a.s.l.) we found this interesting butterfly , a Large Blue male (Lepidoptera; Lycaenidae; Maculinea arion obscura; Schwarzfleckiger Ameisenbläuling), sitting on Nardus strictus. If my ID is correct (mmhm) , this animal depends for its existence on the food plant Thymus and on an ant, Myrmica sp. for reproduction. The ants bring the larvae to their nests, feed them and keep them through the winter!

T. Tolman & R. Lewington 1997. Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publ. London UK..

The shot was taken with a Sony double flash as was the picture mounted before. But this time I had taken more care to direct the light of one flash by hand. In that way the background is illuminated and the animal develops no stark shadows. I had to repair the tip and a small hole of the right wings with "stamp" in PS, I hope you don't mind.

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Hi Dietrich,
a nice capture of this beautiful Large blue butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-18 3:17]

Hi Dietrich,
Very good photo of this interesting, rare Butterfly species, TFS!

hello Dietrich
very nice pose
great sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi MF Dietrich:)

A delightful and flawless close-up capture of this beautiful butterfly perched on a twig from a great POV with great clarity and fine composition. i also like the blurry effect in the BG and horizontal framing MF!
TFS and have a nice evening! Take care!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-19 4:55]

Lieber Dieter,
Gut, dass Du ein Bild dieser Spezies gebracht hast und schön, dass sie die Flügel geöffnet hat. Ich werde dann das Bild in mein neues Thema integrieren. Hatte einige Gleichgewichtsstörungen und es war mir nicht möglich vorher zu schreiben.
Natürliches und feines Bild.
Herzlich grüsst

Hello Dietrich,

Another fine insect portrait from you! You've managed to find an angle that shows both the top and underside wing markings, not easily done. Nice soft light and subtle color make for an attractive image.

Very nice!


Hi dear Dietrich ,
Nice work with good compo.
Kind regards

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