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Glaucopsyche alexis


Glaucopsyche alexis
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Copyright: Ingrid Ugussi (Skye) Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 15] (72)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-07
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-12-17 0:53
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Points: 4
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Scientific name: Glaucopsyche alexis
Family: Lycaenidae

Common names:
English: Green-underside Blue
German: Alexis-Bläuling
Croatian: Kozlincev plavac

Widespread and common in many European regions. However, it is absent in the Atlantic islands, Prtugal, West Spain, Britain, North Belgium, North Germany, Denmark, Holland, Balearic Islands, Sardinia and Crete.

Description
The males´ upper side is blue with dark borders which can be more or less wide, whereas females are usually brown, with a basal blue suffusion which can be extensive in some populations. Both sexes present on the hind underside wing the metallic greenish-blue flush on light-grey background, which in males is often extended to the edges but it can be reduced in some populations.
Food plants: Several members of the Fabaceae genus (Genista tinctoria, Melilotus officinalis, M. alba, Medicago sativa, M. falcate, Astragalus spp., Vicia spp., Onobrychis spp., Cytisus spp. Etc).
Habitat: near natural grasslands, damp meadows, woodland clearings, garrigue;

Life cycle
Eggs are laid on a flower which will be eaten by the larvae once emerged. Larvae are attended by several ant species. May overwinter as a pupa, and flies from April to July depending on the location.

Curiosities
• At the early stage, the colour of the larvae is variable and depends on the colour of the flower they feed on. It can be greenish, dusky-pink or even bright yellow if they consumed the yellow flowers of Spartium junceum.
• Larvae is whitish prior the pupation and at this stage it is attended by various ant species (Lasius, Formica, Myrmica, Camponotus etc.)

Bibliography:

T. Tolman and R. Lewington. Collins Butterfly Guide. Collins. 2008

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis-Bl%C3%A4uling


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-12-17 7:25]

Hello Ingrid,
Good photo in excellent sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours. Nice composition with a fine blurred background.
Regards,
Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-12-17 10:20]

Hi Ingrid,great macro of this rare lycaeneide,i like the acrobatic pose,sharpness and colors very very good.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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