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Pseudophilotes baton

Pseudophilotes baton
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-04-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus mini E-PM1, 60mm Olympus Zuiko
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-04-20 10:22
Viewed: 746
Points: 5
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Pseudophilotes baton (Bergsträsser, 1779)
Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae
Common name: Baton blue

Baton blue (Pseudophilotes baton) is a European endemic species which declines by year. It is listed as Least Concern (LC) at present, since it has not been declining by more than 25% in the last ten years, its European extent of occurrence (EOO) is larger than 20,000km² and its population size is probably larger than 10,000 adult individuals.

It occurs on the Iberian Peninsula, in France, south and central Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, western Austria and Italy where is rather rare in Greece. Found at altitudes from 0-2,000 m.

The Baton Blue can be found on dry, grassy and flower-rich vegetation, especially on warm patches. They are often seen on flowers, drinking nectar. The females lay their eggs on the flowers and leaf stalks of various species of thyme (Thymus spp.), savory (Satureja spp.), lavender (Lavandula spp.) and mint (Mentha spp.). The caterpillars feed on the flowers and developing seeds of the foodplant. They are attended by Myrmica scabrinodis and Lasius alienus ants, but workers from other ant species may visit them, too. The Baton Blue passes the winter as a caterpillar or a pupa and has two generations a year. Habitats: dry calcareous grasslands and steppes (38%), dry siliceous grasslands (22%), sclerophyllous scrub (11%), heath and scrub (11%), alpine and subalpine grasslands (5%), mesophile grasslands (5%), phrygana (5%).

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Hello Nikos, f stop to big and shutter speed to low, and I'm sure hand held = no sharpness...,



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-04-20 15:52]

Hi Nikos,a bad pic for this very lucky meeting with this very rare lycaeneide,it's a pity but no problem,nobdy is perfect and it's nice to to see this specie very rare in the TN gallery.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Very nice Nikos.

Thanks for sharing.

It is indeed a rare species, Nikos.
To that extent, it is a valuable documentation of nature you have placed here on TN.
The focus did not turn out well, though.
Nevertheless, I wouldn't discount you for that.

Ciao Nikos, not your best macro, but rare buytterfly, I think P. baton, ciao Silvio

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