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Eros.

Polyommatus eros (Ochsenheimer, 1808)

Eros blue
Eros-Bläuling
Vlaggewikkeblauwtje
Azuré de l'oxytropide
Niño Amoroso

Genus: Polyommatus
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Family: Lycaenidae

Wing span 26 – 28 mm.


In ancient Greek mythology, ἔρως was the son of Aphrodite. As we all know, his mother was in love with many gods, so his father’s identity is in doubt. Was it Ares, was it Hephaestos. Was it Zephyrus, the god of the winds? Or Hermes, the god of postmen, merchants and thieves? Who knows.

Today, when hiking in July and August through the steep grassy rocky slopes of Grossglockner, the Austrian Mount Olympos, there is still a good chance to meet ἔρως. But to stay incognito, he long ago transformed into a little butterfly, a very cute one.

When opening his wings in the bright sunshine, a fresh male Eros is sending flashes of a brilliantly lustrous bright blue. Females are dark brown with just little blue, and orange submarginal spots. The Eros blue is strictly confined to montain regions at high elevations. It may be seen in the Pyrenees, the Massif Central, the southwestern and central Alps of France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, the Apennines, in mountain regions of Bosnia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and also in the mountains of western and central Asia.

The shiny little butterflies inhabit flowering grassy slopes over silicate rocks up to 2700m, usually well above the forest line. They can be seen from July to September in one generation. Caterpillars feed on Oxytropis halleri, Oxytropis campestris, hibernating in symbiosis with ants (Formica lemani, Myrmica galliennii).

Like many others of the Lycaenidae family, the Eros blue can be seen gathering in large numbers on wet spots.

Eros seems to enjoy sucking minerals and organic substances from the ground, but it also loves flowers.


>>> The undersides of wings.

The Location: Rocky alpine meadows at the slopes of Grossglockner, at an elevation of 2250m above sealevel.


References:

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

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eros_%28mythology%29


Camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm macro (= 108mm at 35mm SLR), F/6.3, 1/200sec., ISO-125; exposure bias: -0.3, no tripod, no flash; 26.08.2007, 14:34.


Postwork:

Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized to web, selectively sharpened, levels saturation slightly adjusted.

Thank you for visiting ἔρως.
Have a very good weekend.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Eros on Parnassium.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Polyommatus eros
sucking nectar from Parnassium palustris.

The Location: Rocky alpine meadows at the slopes of Grossglockner, at an elevation of 2250m above sealevel.

Camera: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm macro (= 108mm at 35mm SLR), F/4.5, 1/1000sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 20.08.2006, 10:58.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized to web, selectively sharpened, levels saturation slightly adjusted.

Hope you enjoy.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
The underside of Eros.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Polyommatus eros, male, the underside.

When taking pictures of Lycaenids, I always find it helpful and often even necessary to make a documentation of both sides of wings. Without seeing the undersides of wings it would be practically impossible to identify many of the similar but different species of blue Lyaenids living even in Europe alone - where we may count as many as approximately 30 species just of genus Polyommatus.

Location: Mountain meadows of Grossglocker, at an elevation of 2250 meters.

Camera: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm macro (= 108mm at 35mm SLR), F/6.3, 1/200sec., ISO-125; exposure bias: -0.3, no tripod, no flash; 26.08.2007, 14:35.

Hope you enjoy.