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Satyrium spini.

Satyrium spini.
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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: 2008-06-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-06-28 8:46
Viewed: 4779
Points: 50
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Satyrium spini.

It was first described from the area of Vienna in 1775, but it took me until June 2008 to see or to recognize:

Satyrium spini (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Blue-Spot Hairstreak
Ogończyk tarninowiec
Thécla des nerpruns
Mancha azul

Family: Lycaenidae

Wingspan: 28 – 32mm

Small, drab coloured, quickly moving butterflies, so maybe just easily overlooked.

Once noticed and seen from short distance, fine elegant patterns on the underside of wings will catch the attention. A clear blue spot near the tail at the underside of the hindwing is a reliable indicator for identification.

At rest, the butterflies will sit with wings closed, hindwings rubbing in slow rotating motion, causing the thin tails at the end of hindwings start curling motions. The purpose of the game seems to be pretending a false head with legs or antennae at the other end, duping aggressors to miscalculate their direction of attack. Quite smartly designed.

> Close approach.

Butterflies can be seen in one generation from May to July, depending on climate conditions. They definitely seem to prefer dry and hot locations with scrubby vegetation, and can be quite numerous in such places. Distributed from Northern Spain through the southern parts of Central Europe, Central Italy, the Balkan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran.

Feeding plant: Rhamnaceae, but not Prunus spinosa as the German name wrongly indicates.

The camera:
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm macro-zoom setting (equiv. 100mm at conventional 35mm SLR), F/8, 1/125 sec., ISO-125; -0.3 bias, no tripod, fill flash; 07.06.2008, 12:18. Sky overcast at pleasantly mild temperatures.

Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized to the web, selectively resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.


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

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

Thank you for looking, hope you enjoy.
Have a very good day.


Having arrived at #200, I take the opportunity to thank you my dear friends for all the inspiration, patience, encouragement and steady support coming from you over the years.

lousat, Argus, nglen, maurydv, Juyona, gracious, Alex99, anel, Heaven, Maite, pilonm, MMM, uleko, meyerd, red45, liziafa, marhowie, ramthakur, Silke, rousettus has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To red45: ... small butterflies look surprisingly goodpeter_stoeckl 1 07-15 03:24
To meyerd: ... danke, Dieter.peter_stoeckl 1 07-15 03:08
To MMM: Merci Michel ...peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 07:11
To pilonm: Thank you Michel,peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 07:10
To Mana: Thank you Sumon ...peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 07:10
To Maite: Thank you, Maite ...peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 07:09
To GLEM: Merci Gaetan,peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 07:07
To Heaven: Danke, Markus ....peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 07:05
To joey: Thank you Joey ...peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 07:04
To anel: ... steiler Blick zum Schmetterlingpeter_stoeckl 1 07-08 07:02
To Alex99: ... b_fly on the skypeter_stoeckl 1 07-08 06:56
To gracious: Thank you Tony ....peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 06:53
To Juyona: Thank you my dear friend ....peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 06:52
To maurydv: Mille grazie, Maurizio ....peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 06:49
To nglen: Thank you, Nick ...peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 06:48
To Argus: Thank you Ivan ...peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 06:47
To siggi: Danke, Siggi ....peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 06:41
To lousat: luciano, mille grazie ...peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 06:37
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Hi Peter,nothing better to celebrate the 200th,the different point of view it's a great choice,colors and sharpenss fantastics,thanks a lot for your presence and for your wonderfull work,i hope to see other 20000000..ehehe..have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-06-28 9:38]
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Hello Peter,
Excellent macro.Sharp image with great details.Colors and light are excellent.
congratulate to 200
Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-28 9:43]
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Hello Peter,
Both the main and WS images give a fine presentation of S. spini, a species that I have not seen in real life. So to see this post is an extra bonus for me, especially as you portray it so sharply and from a great POV that shows the features very well.
A very suitable image to mark your 200th post on TN: congratulations and I hope to see many more from you!
Thank you and have a good weekend,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-28 10:44]
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Hi Peter. Well congratulations on 200 postings.
and a very nice one as well . You have captured a fine close up of this beautiful butterfly. Showing the colours and detail well. TFS.

Congratulazioni per la 200th immagine su TN, una splendida macro di questa bellissima farfalla presente solo localmente e quindi una bellissima occasione vederla e poterla fotografare, ottimi POV e composizione, molto buona la nitidezza e la definizione dei dettagli delle ali, belli i colori; molto bella anche la presentazione in WS. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-28 16:35]
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Hello friend,
your shots synonymous of quality,
200 art works, TFS. :)
greetings friend.
Congratulations Peter.

Hello Peter,
My heartiest congratulation on your 200th post with a quality image of Blue-Spot Hairstreak!
many thanks for your great works from the past and hope to see many more coming from my friend Peter!
Excellent image with perfect sharpness, wonderful colour and superb details always
my sincere thanks and regards

Hi, dear Peter.
My heartfelt congratulations on 200th post, fantastic gallery and extra-class notes, thousands warm comments and true friendship.

I am impressed again and again with your POV selection. I like this approach a lot. Butterflies on the sky as a BG are looked always impressively. I welcome great use of flash, excellent exposure and colour reproduction, superb composition (as usual for your works), perfect DOF and details. Many thanks for your contribution here.
Yours Alexei.

P.S. WS is so amazing as original picture.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-29 2:20]
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Lieber Peter,
Gratuliere zum 200. Bild. Du gehst gemächlich vorwärts, ganz wie die Bergleute, die nicht den Berg hinaufrennen. Aufregend war es sicher, diesen Schmetterling zu sichten.Ich glaube, dass ich ihn einmal gesehen habe, es langte aber für kein Bild. Interessanter steiler Blick zum Schmetterling auf Deinem Bild..Mir gefällt das Workshop-Bild auch sehr gut.
Einen schönen Sonntag noch
Herzliche Grüsse nach Wien

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-29 2:33]
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Congratulations on your 200th post! :-D
Well done on capturing this unusual butterfly too.
You've posted 200 stunning images and I'm vry much looking forward to your next 1,000,000..... :-))

Well done, Peter! :-D


Hallo Peter!

Deine Aufnahme is besonders interessant und schön, weil sie den Schmetterling aus einer eher unüblichen Perspektive zeigt. Die Tiefenschärfe ist hervorragend und der Begleittext ist sehr instruktiv.



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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-29 7:24]
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hi Peter,
belle 200ème, la compo diagonale est bien vue, les couleurs denses sont harmonieuses. Il manque juste un coin de ciel bleu.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-29 14:59]
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Hello Peter
Excellent capture from a very nice POV showing the beautiful particularity of this lovely butterfly. I love it!
Congratulations on your... 200th!! What a colossal job, my friend!
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-02 18:37]
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Hi Peter,
CONGRATULATIONS on your reaching 200 and it has been such a huge pleasure seeing your pictures. Butterflies actually come alive in your pictures and I wish to see many many more in the coming days. You really do celebrate this occasion with this marvellous shot of this beautiful butterfly with such lovely colours and sharpness. Nice pose captured and I like your POV to portray it. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Peter,

Congratulations for your 200s!!!

Here you took a good POV in order to show us correctly the splendid tail of this nice butterfly... Nice compo also with the diagonal formed by the foliage...

Good job and TFS!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-04 5:26]
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Hi Peter
Excellent closed up.Sharp image with good detail.I also like the colors and the light.
TFS Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-13 2:14]

Hello Peter,
No Hairstreaks here yet but I hope to see some species soon. They're not easy to photograph as they flit around. You got an excellent capture here using the flash. Great sharpness with clear details of its wing pattern and the little tails! Beautiful colours too and a nice composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Peter,
ich habe gehört Du bist in den Ferien, trotzdem will ich mich (verspätet) dem Gratulationschor anschliessen. Danke für die vielen schönen Einblicke, Die Du uns gewährst. Ich schätze ganz besonders bei Dir Deine kompetenten Texte.
Beste Grüsse und auf bald!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-15 3:08]
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Hi Peter!


Very nice butterfly to celebrate such milestone. I like low POV and detailed body of insect. Sometimes small butterflies look surprisingly good. This one is very colorfull and shape of ots wings is slightly similiar to bigger species.

Hi Peter,
Very nice butterfly.
Good colours, composition and sharpness.
Well done!

TSF Malgosia

Hi Peter,
I like most the POV and comp, and the b-fly looking upwards.
That makes this one "uplifting" :)
Very good detail/DOF, color, and exposure..
Your WS view is great as well.

How fortunate of me to receive your attention after a long time, Peter!
Thanks a lot for your kind words on my latest picture.
The Hairatreak you have captured against the sky reminds me of your favourite stance. You have done some great work from a similar point of view in the past and this one is also an outstanding creation from you.
Hope to stay in regular touch with your work.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-25 11:14]

A very fine image indeed and I am most impressed by how you handled the light with the bright sky not overwhelming your subject at all

hallo peter
thanks for give the name

this picture is very good
i like the composition with the light background
super colours
greeting lou

hello Peter
Although I am late, I'd like to celebrate your 200th posts. Congratulations and I wish you many hundred posts from you here.
This is very nice shot for very beautiful lycaenid species. sharp focus, colors and exposure very nice. composition also great. thanks for sharing, have a nice day

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