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Difficult Identification!

Difficult Identification!
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-24 9:02
Viewed: 2946
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Species of the family Lycaenidae are difficult to identify in some cases in particular from photogtaphs. This is also true for the specimen shown on the picture. I suggest that it is Plebeius idas. Other possibile species are Plebeius argus or Plebius argyrognomon.
Enjoy the beauty irrespective of its identification.

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Ciao Peter, seems to me Plebius argyrognomon, but is very sdifficult, is very similar to Plebejus idas too, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, Merry Christmas to you, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Happy Christmas. If I had to bet I'd put my money on idas in view of the very noticeable metallic blue scales on the hindwing margins. I think these would be less obvious in argyrognomon. The image is very sharp and detailed, although perhaps a little dark. Maybe its the time of year. Thanks.

Hallo Peter,
i also think about the ID that this one is P. idas, very similar to P. argus, because it differs in lacking a hook on the foreleg tibia (here, IMHO i do not see it, but it is useful a magnification). Unlikely P. argyrognomon, in P. argyrognomon the orange band of the forewings is broad
all the way to the apex and it does not curve strongly near the apex.
A very good macro shot, fine detail and splendi natural colours
Merry Christmas to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-24 23:13]

Beautiful species of butterflies, adding some brightness will be good. Yes, I agree with you about identifying the Lycaenidae butterflies. tfs.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-25 4:30]

Hello Peter,
very lively capture with sharpness so well defined. The hairs on the wings are so exciting. You have composed so well to see the patterns and colours so lively.
A well presented shot.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-25 4:53]

Hi Peter.
I wish your Happy New year and Merry Christmas. Not using flash you managed to get crisp sharp images without sunlight always. This is not exception. Blameless POV and composition. I also like natural nice colours of the shot. Kind regards and TFS.

hello Peter
super good pose with great sharpness and good details
the colours are beautiful
greeting lou
sorry i have no more smile,s

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