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Plebejus idas

Plebejus idas
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-09-11 16:04
Viewed: 928
Points: 14
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Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Plebejus
Species:P. idas

Plebejus idas, the Idas blue or northern blue,is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae.
This species can be found in most of Europe (except parts of Spain, southern Italy and the United Kingdom), in the northern regions of the Palearctic (Siberia, mountains of South Siberia and Yakutia) and in the Nearctic realms.
t usually inhabits grassy flowery areas, mixed evergreen forests and wet meadows upto alpine levels,at an elevation of 200–2,100 metres (660–6,890 ft) above sea level.Plebejus idas has a wingspan of 17–28 mm.This species is quite variable in colors and markings. The upperside of male’s wings is iridescent blue, while it is brown with orange submarginal spots in the females. The underface of the wings is greyish with black spots and it shows a thin black line and small dots along outer margin. Along these margins are also present a rather large orange band with blue spots.
This species is very similar to the Silver studded blue (Plebejus argus) and to the Reverdin's blue (Plebejus argyrognomon).The forelegs of male of Plebejus idas lacks a hook which is present in Plebejus argus.The species flies in a single brood from June to August depending on location. The larvae feed on Calluna vulgaris, Vaccinium uliginosum, Empetrum nigrum and various Fabaceae species (mainly Cercis siliquastrum, Melilotus albus, Lotus corniculatus, Cytisus, Genista tinctoria, Trifolium pratense, Chrysaspis campestris, Astragalus alpinus and Anthyllis). They are usually attended by ants (Lasius and Formica species).Second-stage of the caterpillars overwinter.

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  • Great 
  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2017-09-11 16:47]

Delicate symphony is your composition, Luciano. Congratulations!!!

  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-09-11 17:04]

Hello Luciano,
Congratulations on a first for your gallery!! A beautiful specimen indeed while displaying lovely wing markings and an array of pretty colors. The exposure is right on the mark. The attractive pink flowers are a real bonus and help to enhance the overall beauty of the image.

Hello Luciano,
Thanks for visiting my gallery.....Nice specie with lovely colors. Never meet it....

hallo Luciano
great shot with good details and nice light as always
good sharpness and beautiful colours

Ciao Luciano, questa mi manca, che non vola dalle mie parti, farfallina deliziosa sopra un grazioso fiore rosa, piacevole composizione, ottima nitidezza, magnifici colori e splendidi dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Luciano
Great capture of this beauty in a wonderful surround.Impressive sharpness as usual.A pink flower with a wonderful butterfly.Well done!
Have a great days and thanks for Your always kind critics.
Best wishes!
José Diogo

Bonjour Luciano,

La fleur cadre bien l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Azuré du genêt. La lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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