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Mazarine Blue

Mazarine Blue
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-28 4:25
Viewed: 3560
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows a specimen of
- Cyaniris semiargus
- family: Lyceanidae

English: Mazarine Blue.

It is resting on a bud of
- Aconitum napellus
- family: Ranunculaceae

German: Blauer Eisenhut
This impressive plant grows in mountain forests.

Butterfly species information
The species is wide-spread in Europe and extends eastwards to middle-Asia, north China and Korea. It is also found in Morocco (High Atlas).
Wingspan: about 26 mm.
Foodplant of the caterpillar: Trifolium pratense.
As is known also for many other Lycaenidae species, C. semiargus lives in symbiosis with ants of the genus Lasius.

Martell-Valley in South Tyrol. Altitude: about 2000 m.
Open humid forest, at the upper limit here with respect to altitude.

- low natural evening light
- hand-held

* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Huemer P. (2004) Die Tagfalter Südtirols. - Folio Verlag, Wien - Bozen.

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Hello Peter,

Very good light almost nightly, integral in the photographic plane. I am happy the way up this picture using square cut. As always, very good information from the butterfly and this time of the plant where it lies. Excellent! It is an honor to have you as a neighbor today! Greetings, thanks for sharing and happy Sunday!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-28 4:52]

Hello Peter,
A wonderful capture of the Mazarine Blue from a nice POV showing details very sharply. Beautiful colours too and a lovely composition.
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-28 4:54]

Hi Peter,
A splendid macro. Super color and detail. A species of butterfly which I personally have not met her.
Have a nice Saturday,

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-28 5:10]

Hello Peter.

A very nice capture of this fine blue butterfy.
The sharpness of your picture is perfect with beautiful colors wich corresponds in a way that it is a pleasure to look at.
Thanks for sharing,
Nice weekend,

Gr. Hans

Hallo Peter,

also Du kannst noch neue Bläulingsarten zu TN beitragen, was für ein seltenes Ereignis. Die wundervolle Komposition und gutes Licht tun ein Übriges, mir viel Lob zu entlocken!

Herzlich grüsst

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-28 5:32]

Lieber Peter,
Den kenne ich ja gut, aber so schön habe ich ihn noch selten gesehen!
Feines und natürliches Bild, wie man sie gerne sieht.
Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht Dir

HI Peter,
Rotklee-Bläuling, ich staune stets, wie viele Unterarten es in der Bläulingsfamilie gibt. Dieser hier hat relative wenig Zeichnung auf den Flügelunterseiten, ist aber auch wunderhübsch.
Erstklassiges Bild, vielen Dank, Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Peter
super sharpness composition with very good BG.
great details andbeautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-29 5:10]

Hello Peter,
The freshness of this specimen, the POV showing it resting with the wings closed, the sharpness with good DOF, colours and neutral BG all contribute to a fine portrait of semiargus in this well-composed image.
We have seen only one individual last summer when they normally are quite common in our area.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Peter,

Perfect shot
Lovely compo with great POV
Excellent colors, sharpnes and fine details
Good BG

TFS Thijs

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-11-29 9:17]

Hello Peter,
Amazing capture with pefect DOF and POV as the composition too. TFS.

Hi Peter

Excellent shot of this mountain blue butterfly. Superb composition, excellent sharpness and details.


Ciao Peter, lovely little butterfli against a beautiful blurry BG, nice diagonal composition, fine details and splendid sharpness, beautiful natural colors, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
PS what happen to your yesterday butterfly?

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