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Polyommatus icarus 3

Polyommatus icarus 3
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-03
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-03 5:43
Viewed: 2962
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polyommatus icarus (Rottemburg, 1775).
Common Blue

Polyommatus icarus is a small butterfly of the family Lycaenidae with a wingspan of 20-32 mm.
It is a wide-ranging species which flies throughout Europe, North Africa and all of western and central Asia.

Polyommatus icarus is one of the most common and most widespread butterflies in Cyprus. Recorded in a wide variety of habitats, such as maquis, garigue, phrygana, agricultural land, river valleys and forests, from sea level to the summit of Troodos.

The adult butterflies start to emerge at the end of February and are on the wing until the beginning of December in successive, overlapping broods. Overwinters as a pupa.

Recorded host-plants are various species of the Leguminosae family. In Cyprus, it has been recorded as laying on various species of Trifolium and Lotus, on Ononis spinosa (Spiny Rest-harrow) and Medicago sativa (Lucerne).

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Wow lucky men that you are!!!! Today I chased a butterfly ( ONLY ONE!) and so IT ran away!... And you have TOW in the same pic! Lucky man!!!Good for you ! And for us, because we have now the pleasure to see this amazing shot! Many congrats for this in-cre-di-ble pic! Bravo!
Nice sunady to you and...tell me the secret...kkkkkkkkkkk

Hi Chris,

Wwow what a exemplary flawless image of these two mating Common Blue Butterflies, great detailed sharpness with splendid depth, amazing exposure to complement these impressive natural colours, love the detailed wing markings, magnificent work and well done, have a nice Sunday Chris,
Best regards,


Hi Christodoulos,
very nice photo of these twins. Excellent sharpness and depth of field. Very good point of view. Amazing colours. A lot of details.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-03 6:13]

Hello Christodoulos,
Excellent in all aspects. Superb quality. Splendid colours. Another beauty!

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful captured of this fantastic moment, outstanding sharpness details, superb depth of field, another beautiful image from your excellent camera skills!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Makris,
This is very good timme for photo.
This is so fun picture.
Lovely species.
Have a good sunday.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-03 7:06]

Hello Christodoulos,
exciting double subjects in amazing style- real symmetrical presentation.
Very well presented with the features splendidly exhibited.
Very well done !


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-07-03 10:48]

superb macro with wonderful colors

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-07-03 10:53]

Superb capture. Great scene, beautifully and technically perfectly recorded.



Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic macro shot, outstanding sharpness with impressive details, marvellous brilliant colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

amazing couple, why are they different in colour ?

Ciao Christodoulos. The best POV for the lovers. Ouststanding sharp/detaisl and beautiful natural colours.


Hello Christodoulos,
Another perfect capture with top quality details, sharpness, colours and composition. Congratulations!

Hi Christodoulos,
Fantastic shot for this lovers.
Sharpness and details are excellent and the light management is superb.
thanks for sharing

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-03 13:17]

Hello Christodoulos.
Very nice and clean shot with excelent image qualiti. Very well used DOF keeping in focus both insects and rendering well all details. Good light management rendering well reachness of color tones.Best regards Siggi

Hello Christodoulos,

common blue mating ... details and light perfect ....regards...


Hi Christodoulos friend!
What a beautiful image! ... It's perfect, but best is the light brilliantly achieved. Good job!
Have a nice week MF!
Regards, TFS

Very nice double capture here my friend Chris. The upside down perch and details are so good in the frame.
Well done and thanks for sharing. Kind regards,

Wonderful photo, perfect details and lighting. regards yiannis

Hello Cristodoulos, another masterpiece with sensational details and light, perfectly in line and another shot at the height of your mastery. All the best, paul

Wonderful close-up shot of this beautiful butterfly with great colours and good sharpness!

Hello Christodoulos,
Absolutely fabulous - colours, composition and resolution all working together to make this wonderful image. Very well done indeed. A pleasure to view. Best wishes.

hello Christodoulos
super sharpness composition with good details and beautiful colours
great shot thanks greeting lou

soory after 6 times i have no more smile,s

Christodoulos, this is an outstanding shot of these beautiful butterflies. Bill

A great macro shot.
Great focus, dof, colors and sharpness.
Wonderfully captured, composed and framed.

Hello Christodoulos,

Impressive details in the wing pattern!
The insects are very well captured, excellent macro quality with pin sharp details and perfect colour reproduction...
The level point of view works well, accurate framing!

Pablo -

gret duo licenide in love, congratulations Chris for the picture, excellent in all !

have a nice day,

ciao, tino

Hello Christodoulos

Very beautiful photo of these lovers, fine POV,
great focus sharpness and details,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-06 5:59]

Hi Christodoulos.
Amazingly captured the pair in an almost symmetrical position. Colors and details are just beautiful. Your POV used nicely shows the different paintings on the wings. Well contrasted against a dark background. Excellent work! Thank you for sharing. Have a nice day.
Best regards

Hi Christodoulos,

Great photo! Very nice close up of this beaytiful butterfly. Excellent sharpness.


Hi Christodoulos,

another wow image take by you.
Exellent sharpness and pov with nicely blurred bg.
Fine colorss.


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