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Aricia agestis.

Aricia agestis.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite photos, Lycaenidae Butterflies, Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-07 13:00
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Aricia agestis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Brown Argus
Kleiner Sonnenröschen-Bläuling
Bruin blauwtje
Rodplettet blåfugl
Rödfläckig blåvinge
Modraszek agestis
Modráčik tmavohnedý
Modrásek tmavohnědý
Morena Serrana

Family: Lycaenidae

Wingspan: 24 – 27mm

Quite a special one without any blue on its wings in both sexes, the Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) may be a good choice to end my short series of blues for a while. Wide spread in dry and warm locations - preferably on limestone soils, but nowhere common, the Brown Argus is distributed from France and Italy across central Europe to southern England and southern Sweden, and further east into temperate Siberia.

From looking at the uppersides of wings, a female Polyommatus icarus may easily be mistaken for Aricia agestis, as it happened quite often to me. But here, even without having the clearly different undersides of wings available, I am quite sure of having the pleasure to present A. agestis.

In warmer places to the south of its distribution, the orange red marginal stripes are quite broad and well developed: f. callida (Bellier), as shown here resting and sucking on Trogopogon.

Caterpillars feed on Helianthemum (Common Rock-rose), and on Geranium. In Central Europe there are two broods a year: May and June, July and August.

The location:

Warm and arid grassland at Perchtoldsdorf near Vienna, where the species was first described by arists and entomologists Michael Denis and Ignaz Schiffermüller in 1775.

The camera:

Minolta DiMAge 7Hi, 2560 x 1920 pixel, sRGB, 50mm macro zoom, F/9,5, 1/250 sec., ISO-100, hand held, no flash. 10.06.2006, 12:05.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, resized to web, resharpened, BG cleaned, levels slighty adjusted.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

Walter Schön: Schmetterling - Raupe: http://www.schmetterling-raupe.de

Thank you for visiting.
Have a very good day.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jmp: ... best background possiblepeter_stoeckl 1 12-31 01:20
To accassidy: ... two tiny beetles.peter_stoeckl 1 12-30 23:50
To loot: Thank you - and all my best wishes to you!peter_stoeckl 2 12-28 09:04
To ramthakur: Little Tibet.peter_stoeckl 1 12-28 06:51
To wuta: Happy New Year!peter_stoeckl 1 12-28 06:31
To snowfalken: Danke - und glückliches Neues Jahr!peter_stoeckl 1 12-28 06:29
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  • lutya Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
  • [2007-12-07 13:29]

Hi Peter!
This is a very fine, sharp image of the butterfly! The details of both the butterfly and the flower are exceptional! Lovely saturated colours and good notes!

Have a nice weekend!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-07 13:33]

bellissimo contrasto di colori tra la farfalla e il giallo del fiori,perfetta messa a fuoco,complimenti,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Wonderfully clear portrait with fine composition, lighting and colours. Very good DOF, even the two tiny beetles on the top right flower petal are in focus!! Impossible to wish for a better ident shot of this lovely creature. Going to my favourites. Thanks.

Hi Peter,
What a colorful and outstanding presentation!
I'm delighted by the fine details got on this image, both on the flower and the butterfly.
The red spots on the insect's wings makes a vibrant contrast against the vivid yellow.
I like very much the layout and composition made on this presentation for ending the blue series...hope for a brief time!
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-07 14:25]

Guten Abend Peter,
die Kleinheit und Feinheit dieses Falters bringst du in deinem Bild gut zum Ausdruck.
Ganz besonders stimmt hier das Licht: Das Dunkelbraun des Falters ist bis in das hinterste Eckchen gut ausgeleuchtet - gleichzeitig sind aber auch die Strukturen und Oberflächen der hellgelben Blüte erstklassig erkennbar: Licht und Farben sind professionell ausbalanciert - ebenso auch der Schärfebereich.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Hello Peter, Beautifull quality perfect dof and nice light, great exposure. tfs rgds Necip

Hi Peter,
Very good POV. Nice details and colours.
Thanks for sharing.

hello peter,
what a beautiful post, the pov is very nice, well saturated colours, nicely composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Peter,

Very nice composition, POV and DOF. Beautiful detail on the butterfly and wonderful colours.

Hello Peter,
Good composition. Nice colours.
Very beautiful butterfly...

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-08 2:43]

Hello Peter,
This little Brown Argus on the yellow flower brings lovely memories of summer. A beautiful composition showing great sharpness and lovely colours. Well done!
Many thanks and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-08 2:55]

Hello Peter,
great capture of this small butterfly.
You are the Master of Butterfly shots as you prove with this stunner!
The composition is top-class and your POV is very good.
I love the lighting and the colours are natural but vibrent.
The DOF is perfect.
Very well done,

Ciao Peter,
davvero splendida questa Aricia agestis.
Quello che mi piace di più nelle tue foto, tecnicamente sempre perfette, è la grande luminosità.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-08 7:20]

Bravo, my dear friend. Once more amazing art shot of beautiful butterfly and so amazing flower. Great DOF and brilliant colour and detail reproduction. I am amazed with amount of charming details. BG, its colour palette are very nice and absolutely suit for this bright subject. My compliments and best wishes for the weekend and later.
Yours Alexei.

Preciso enfoque y enorme profundidad Peter. Esa Minolta te trabaja "a las 1000 maravillas" ( expresión Española ). LA MARIPOSA MUY BIEN CAPTADA, PERO LO QUE MÁS DESTACA A MI GUSTO ES LA EXPLOSIÓN Y BUENA COMBINACIÓN DE COLORES. Excelente trabajo.

J. Ignasi

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-10 5:26]

Hi Peter, this shot has a beautiful burst of colour making a very charming composition. The Butterfly is caught with good soft light, great deatil on markings and antennai. Wonderful pov. Great work.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-12-10 13:52]
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Hi Peter,
I really beautiful butterfly with the best background possible! Perfect exposure, details and colour combination.
TFS, José M.

Hello Peter,
What a wonderful shot of this little butterfly you present here!!
Wow! I can see the very clean and perfect focusing here, with excellent details and exposure.
Also, lovely natural colours and very nice composition here.
TFS and best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-11 7:35]

Lieber Peter,
Du schliesst die Serie der Bläulinge mit diesem hübschen kleinen Falter. Er sieht niegel nagel neu aus und hat sich mit viel Geschmack auf eine gelbe Blume gesetzt um sich noch aufzuwerten! Heiteres und farbenfrohes Bild. Herzlichen Dank auch, dass Du uns die Vergleiche machst zwischen ähnlichen Sorten. Ich werde noch den einen oder anderen Bläuling bringen, bin aber noch unsicher, was die Bestimmung betrifft.
Einen schönen Abend und nicht zuviel Arbeit wünscht Dir

Hello Peter.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

It's been a real pleasure to view your b-fly capture's this year Peter, another great image..
My New Years resolution is to give a shorter, friendly version of comment, and limit my posts.
Well done & Merry Christmas!

I have forgotten my colour wheel...and am not sure which colours are complimenting and such...but some of the butterfly looks orange and the flower yellow...it works without clashing and is sharp..so is an eye grabber yes?

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-18 11:50]

Hello Peter!
What a splendid and beautiful capture of this little Brown Argus!! How much I like the composition with that yellow flower so perfectly captured. Magnificent sharpness and exact exposure and contrast with delightful details.
Gorgeous job!!
Thank you very much for sharing

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-22 2:37]

Hello Peter,
Great clear shot of this beautiful Aricia, nicelly captured colors and details

Fabulosos colores y estupendo el encuadre.
Buena nota.
Mis mejores deseos para tí y los tuyos Peter.
Desde Gran Canaria, JL.

Hello Peter,
How can I miss this excellent one, I wonder!
Anywhere, this one is as good as any of your previous posting in great closeness, perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details always!
the useful notes is important too!
best regards

Dear Peter,
I must admit my frustration at not being able to spend full time on TN since my return home from the Middle East. I have taken up an after-retirement job which demands a lot of my time. Consequently, I have now been deprived of the joy of looking at the great work of some of the most outstanding nature artists like you.

I love this beautiful capture of a Brown Argus. It is a well-composed image of this very colourful butterfly from Europe. Superb sharpness and clarity and a technically flawless capture.

Hope your wife enjoyed being in India as mush as you did. Dharamsala and especially Macleodganj (a.k.a. Little Tibet) has turned out to be a famous and exotic place in half the century since the Dalai Rama took residence here after leaving Tibet as an exile.

Thanking you for sharing your lovely images of butterflies and wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-24 0:37]
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Hi Peter

Thanks for this lovely image and also for all the wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year.

All the best for you and your loved ones during this festive season and beyond into the New Year that looms ahead.

May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas, and for the New Year I wish for you:
Health to Enjoy each day in Comfort,
Copious measures of Love from Friends and Family,
The Exquisite Beauty of Nature,
Wisdom to Choose priorities Sensibly,
Prosperity and the Best of everything,
Generosity so you may Share the above,
Overflowing Happiness and Abundant Joy,
and a Youthful Excitement at life's Simple Pleasures,

Warmest regards

Hallo Peter,

Eine sehr schoene Aufnahme wie gewoehnlich! Mir gefallen die lebhaften Farben und die Qualitaet der Details! Das Foto ist scharf und hat eine gute Schaerfentiefe!
Ich benutze diese Gelegenheit damit ich Dir Frohe Weihnachten wuensche und ein Glueckliches Neues Jahr! Ich danke Dir fuer alle wunderschoenen Fotos die Du in TN veroeffentlicht hast und ich hoffe dass Du uns naechstes Jahr viele schoene Bilder mit Schmetterlingen zeigen wirst! Danke auch fuer Deine gut geschriebenen, ausfuehrlichen Komentare von denen ich sehr vieles gelernt habe! Nochmals wuensche ich Dir einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

Mit Freundlichen Weihnachtsgruessen,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-12-26 5:05]
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Hello Peter ,A Beauty butterfly and flower , good pose , I wish you and the famely nice day's and good 2008 , Greetings Teunie .

hello Peter
a great result of a great capture
nice colors and shapes of the wings that are bound together well with the yellow flower

best wish for a happy new year

Hi Peter, lovely butterfly and beautiful flower with splendid colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, HAPPY NEW YEAR, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
Perfect; this is perfect! What an excellent composition with superb tones of colors, details and exposure; a real pleasure to see :)! Greetings,

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