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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-22 8:36
Viewed: 2324
Points: 38
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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.

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.

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This shot is excellent, Marius, we can see every sharp detail on the wings very well.
Also a nice moment and brilliant colours and light, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hallo Marius,
a superb macro shot of the Common Blue taken with impressive detail and splendid colours, excellent POV, DOF and BG in a very pleasing composition
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-22 9:47]

Hello Marius,
A superb macro of a fresh specimen of a female P. icarus.
The POV, colours, clean BG, composition and sharpness are top class.
A fine portait of this species resting with closed wings.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-22 10:17]

Hello Marius,
A very fine capture of the Common Blue clinging on to the little flower. Excellent details and I really like the beautiful colours and the matching background. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Marius,
Perfect shot!
Technically this is close-up perfect, with natural colours, a fine clean BG and a pleasing composition, and beautiful light!
A splendid image,
Ciao, Melania.

Ciao Marius, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Buna Marius,
O compozitie deosebita in care claritatea, detaliile si culorile ating perfectiunea. Fundalul uniform blurrat pune in evidenta subiectul.
Numai bine,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-22 11:39]

Hello Marius,
A Common Blue, but this macro is not common. Fantastic sharpness, details and very beautiful colours with a wonderful matching BG. Great POV and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-22 12:00]

Hello Marius,
This really looks superb! Beautiful colors and sharp detail from the spot on exposure. The composition are flawless. A perfectly clean OOF backround keeps all your attention focused on the beautiful butterfly. A very nice one!
Best regards Siggi

Hello Marius,

another very good shot with exellent bg, pov, dof sharpness.
fine colours.


Hi Marius,

Awesome macro capture of this pretty common blue from side view with nice DOF, details and delightful composition.
TFS and Have a nice week MF!


hello Marius
this is a super picture
great sharpness and great details with beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Marius friend,
Thi "Common blue" looks great with this background of homogeneous and soft color! ... Excellent work! you've make good use of pose and has composed and cut in very attractive sight!
TFS, Regards, Jesús

Hello Marius,
fantastic sharpness and details in this macro. Perfect background and light. A very beautiful image. Paolo

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-22 21:19]

Buna Marius,
O fotografie splendida despre aceasta specie, felicitari!

Hi Marius,
A lovely capture of this beautiful common blue butterfly. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-23 8:06]

Hi Marius
Excellent composition,great sharpness with fine detail.I also like the butterfly pose.Perfect match in regad of contrast between the butterfly and BG.Very instructive text.
TFS Michel

Superba captura ta de azi!
Detaliile sunt senzationale iar culorile perfect!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-23 9:04]

Hi Marius,wonderfull macro....impossbile to make better,just my greats compliments,this pic no need comments but only a great standing ovation!Thanks for share,have a nice day! Luciano.

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