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Aricia agestis male

Aricia agestis male
Photo Information
Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, SanDisk Ducati 8GB
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-02 5:43
Viewed: 4081
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Many thanks to Ivan for identifying what I first thought was female Common Blue

This is a male Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) feeding on wild marjoram. It can be tricky to catch members of the Blue family (Lycaenidae) with their wings open. If the day is warm they are generally either flying around or resting with their wings folded.

The larvae feed on rock rose (Helianthemum) and common stork's bill - there was certainly plenty of the former growing in the area. I have very fond memories of the day I took this image. It had been a little cloudy for a while, but when the summer sun burst through literally hundreds of butterflies and other insects woke up and began feeding on the downland flowers. It was a real dilemma where to point the camera first! ;p

Kind Regards

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-02 5:49]

Fine capture of the blue spreading the wings beautifully. The viewpoint and the flowers are very special. tfs.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-02 5:50]

Very well done Vinny. You used fine technical details and got great result as perfect DOF, compo and blurry BG. Congratulations and TFS.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-02 6:09]

What a lovely common blue!
Great details and colors.

Ciao Vinny, my today neighbour, beautiful butterfly on a splendid flower, fantastic bright colors, great sharpness and fine details, superb macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-02 6:18]
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Hello Vinny,
A fine capture of this lycaenid butterfly sunning itself. The technical aspects are great and taken from a fine POV in a pleasing compostion with the marjoram flowers.
However I don't think this is icarus!
The straight abdomen with brush like tip suggests that this is a male and though a little blue light is reflected from the thorax there are practically no blue scales on the wings though there is a little bluish tinge.
I therefore think this is a male 2nd. gen Brown Argus, Aricia agestis,
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-02 6:29]

Hello Vinny
Beautiful composition.Sharp image with great POV and nice detail.I love the colors and the DOF give a nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

Hello Vinny,

This is the kind of photos "Beautiful" in TN. I like the proper handling of layers of focus taking care of mantain focused in butterfly and flower simultaneously. Good work, with a very interesting POV,



Hello Vinny,
Excellent depth on this head-on shot. Very clear details of all the upperside markings. Well done,

hello Vin
great sharpnes picture with good details and nice light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Vinnie,

an good image from this butterfly with good pov and dof and nice blurred bg.

Fine colours.


Hello Vinny,

Great capture of this beautiful butterfly.
Nice colours with excellent details.
Lighting and composition are fantastic.

Hi Vinny. Interesting POV here to exalt the superb dynamic pose and the excellent DOF. Nice compo, very good light.


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