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Satyrium esculi (Hübner, 1804)

Satyrium esculi (Hübner, 1804)
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Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/450 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-26 12:11
Viewed: 6730
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a beautiful brown Lycaenidae and common in Portugal.
Its cientific name is Satyrium esculi and is known as "False ilex hairstreak" in english. In portuguese doesn't have a common name.

It belongs to the Lycaenidae Theclinae family.

Wingspan: 30mm to 32mm

Very similar to the "Ilex hairstreak" (Satyrium ilicis).

The orange lunules on the underside hindwing are not bordered black on the outside, bordered black in Satyrium ilicis.

The "False ilex hairstreak" is distinguishable from the "Ilex hairstreak" (Satyrium ilicis) by the markings on the underside of the hindwing, as well, in the female, as a less prominent, or absent, orange flush on the upperside of the forewing (variable). Generally, the marginal white line on the underside of the hindwing is vestigial, and the orange spots are neatly edged internally with black, rather than bordered on both inside and outside in black.
The "hairstreak" line on the hindwing is less erratic in S. esculi and the row of red spots are more regular and complete, reaching up to the apex. These spots are rather smaller and brighter in S. esculi and they are bordered only internally with a dark line where as ilicis has both internal and external dark bordering to these spots.

In Portugal we can see it flying from later April (in Algarve) till August. It flies till 1000 meters of altitude. We only have one generation.

The food plants of their caterpillares are Quercus ilex and Quercus coccifera. They are assisted by ants from the Camponotus generus.

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Hi Paulo,

Beautiful capture, excellent details and composition. Excellent work


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-06-26 12:45]
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Hallo Paulo,
thank you for posting another nice picture of beautiful butterflies, in particular Lycaenidae, from Protugal.

Hi Paulo,
I love this tiny butterflies so much, they are always so fast - but so beautiful.
I also like the flower it is sitting on, a pretty arrangement, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-26 15:12]
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Hi Paulo,
Beautiful shot with excellent composition and bright very natural colours. Blurred BG gives more impact to the subject.
TFS and for the very informative note.

Hi Paulo!
That is very nice.Flowers color and butterfly composition are excellent .

que bonitas cores fortes! Os detalhes estão 5* gostei do amarelo da flor em contraste com a cor da borboleta!
Thanks Ana:)

Hi Paulo

You show this butterfly beautifully. Excellent composition. All the technical stuff is spot on. Very nice work. :-)

Buenas Paulo, esta si es la que había confundido en mi foto. está preciosa, al igual que el resto de tu galería. Un saludo.

Hi Paulo
Very good capture. Good colours and sharpness. I think the picture has to small light ;-)


Not the best of focus; still, it is a good image in terms of point of view, composition and colours.

Hello Paulo.
What a beautiful butterfly and great shot.
Superb composition, colors and details.
Great POV and BG.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-27 14:51]
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Hi Paulo,
Great capture of this lovely Bfly.
Nice composition,colors,pov,dof and note.TFS

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-27 17:53]
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Hi Paulo,
Great picture as usual. I like the color, position and BG


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-27 19:28]
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Hi Paulo
Nice butterfly shot again. Good colours and sharpnes. Also good note and POV.
Well done Paulo



Well composed pic that shows excellent colours and detail of the subject. TFS, Sheriff

Hi Paulo, nice compo.
Good colors and details.

Hi Paulo,
Excellent composition and framing on this shot! I think you handled the exposure perfectly. Beautiful saturated colors and sharp detail here. This looks great!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-06-30 1:51]
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Very nice photo of the little butterfly. Perfect POV, sharpness and colors. I have never seen any member of the genus :-(

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-06-30 10:29]
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Hi Paulo,
interesting b-fly, good colours and DOF. I like it. Good note.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-02 22:26]
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Hi paulo

Beautiful capture of this butterfly.Beautiful DOF ,sharpness and detail.Lovely composition.TFS


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-04 9:21]
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Hi Paulo,
Nice close-up. Excellent details and well exposed colours. Very well done and TFS.

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