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Thecla betulae

Thecla betulae
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-26
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-29 5:09
Viewed: 1880
Points: 22
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Brown Hairstreak
Thècle du bouleau

Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Thecla
Wingspan: 17-20mm
Habitat: Hedges, wood edges
Distribution: from Spain to Asia
Flighttime: End of July to October (one generation)

The female lays her eggs on Blackthorn Prunus spinosa in late August which overwinter, hatching the following spring when the buds are breaking. It has been found that the best way to find breeding sites for this species is to look for the conspicuous white eggs in the winter. The larvae are extremely well camouflaged and feed only at night, remaining motionless during the day. Pupation takes place in leaf litter on the ground in late June or early July and are attractive to ants who will bury them in shallow cells(Wikipedia).

The specimen was not so fresh anymore,after so much rain in summertime and now it is end of season for this butterfly which produces only one generation a year.

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Hello Anne- Beautiful picture of this "Brown Hairstreak" Butterfly. Attractive light through its transparent wing, looks nice. Very well presented with good sharpness and details. Even two antennas are well in focus too. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

Hairstreaks are pretty and this one despite its dilapidated condition is still very charming, Anne.
The shot taken against the light lends a transparent look to the wings.
As usual, a beautiful composition.

hallo Anel
very nice picture with beautiful light and good sharpness
thanks gr lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-09-29 7:44]

Hi Anne,
Nice butterfly,interesting and gorgeous light and colours.
Amazing composition, sharpness details and perfect blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-29 7:59]

Hello Anne,
A butterfly in beautiful light. The wings are almost transparent. Fantastic sharpness, details and taken from a very good POV. Beautiful background too.

Ciao Anne, old but beautiful too, great macro of very elusive tiny butterfly, rare in my country, splendid light, excellet sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Anne
I never meet this specie....Spectacular capture with splendid natural colors. The light is great. Incredible sharp details. Great capture of a lovely and colorful specie which I like a lot.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-09-29 13:43]

superbe contre-jour capture Anne; .. je ne connais pas l'espèce et je ne crois pas en avoir vu par ici;.. très belle présentation et des détails captivants, excellent macro photographie comme d'hab


nuri :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-29 15:55]

Salut Anne,un contre jour de grande classe vraiemnt bien exposee',et aussi une perspective imposante que j'aime beaucoup,la meilleure et originale maniere de nous montrer cette espece jamais vue chez moi dans une composition tres artistique! Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-10-01 8:39]

Bonjour Anne,
Still yet I did not see ..
Strong light, but nice composition.
Best wishes,

Amazing transparencies. Beautiful natural colour excellent details.
Well done Anne!


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