Callophrys rubi #2

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 14 July 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Some explanation on this species I gave you yesterday.
In this image you can see the oviposition. A female putting a little orange colored egg on the favoured food plants: Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix), carefully hiding it between the unopened buds. Who looks carefully to the image can discover a second egg, already put in there before ...

Image: Kalmthout (BE) - 07/07/2010

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Cosmin from Bucharest, Romania

nice capture

14 Jul 2010 8:01am

@Cosmin: Thank you very much for you visit and comment, Cosmin.

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Once upon a time, a small butterfly, called Esmeralda, was visiting some friends in a tree...

14 Jul 2010 11:20am

@KriKridesign: :-) We're in the fairytale again ...? Think you definitely need some anti-stress :-)))) But I love to read the rest of the story ...

♏arleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Jeetje..........ben helemaal sprakeloos...................!
Zie idd dat andere eitje ook! Geweldig dat je dit hebt kunnen vastleggen!
Fantastisch mooi vlindertje ook in dit metalig groen...beetje hetzelfde groen als die sterren straks hiernaast;-)
(Ja, zo'n unieke plaat krijgt er 5:-))

14 Jul 2010 7:21pm

@♏arleen: Dank je voor zoveel lof, Marleen. Het is snel zijn als je merkt dat het vrouwtje het achterlijf kromt... het eitje wordt dan aan een behoorlijke snelheid gelegd. Op dat moment moet je alle handelingen met de camera bijna automatisch onder de knie hebben... en mag je geen bruuske bewegingen maken of de "vlinder" is gaan vliegen. Ik was dolgelukkig toen ik op mijn beeldscherm een scherp eitje kon waarnemen !

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

No, but your image inspire me some faboulous stories full of elfs and fairies...When we are in trekking, My daughter follows me on the paths of mountain only if I tell her stories... And they can last very for a long time! they are often magic butterflies in my tales, as yours!

14 Jul 2010 8:28pm

@KriKridesign: It must be marvelous to have a mom telling stories when walking ...

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

And I agree to count you the complete story, but in english, I suppose it will be a bit difficult!

14 Jul 2010 8:29pm

@KriKridesign: I'll come te collect that promise one day :-)

Becky from los angeles, United States

gorgeous - the green - the red - the textures - great!

15 Jul 2010 3:52am

@Becky: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Becky.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice detail on the antennae. The position of the abdomen looks like 'she' is ovipositing.

15 Jul 2010 4:11am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Sorry Johan, I made my comment before reading your description. Yes, I see the second egg. Nicely done!

15 Jul 2010 4:13am

@Julie Brown: So this is indeed oviposition :-))) But it's good you can see that before reading my explannation :-)

Céline from New York City, United States

Great shot !

15 Jul 2010 4:34am

@Céline: Thank you very much, Céline. Glad this "action-shot" worked out very well.

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

And for that we 'll have to plan some hike up in the mountain, ...and perhaps find some nice orchis...! :-)

15 Jul 2010 8:13pm

@KriKridesign: ...which I will be asked to give a determination ... ?!? Deal !

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Why not? :-) a story in french?

15 Jul 2010 8:28pm

@KriKridesign: I understand some French :-) but speaking and writing is far more difficult for me :-) So Why not...

♏arleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

@ Ja, kan me goed voorstellen dat je een gat in de lucht sprong zodra je dat scherpe eitje zag! Dat zijn zo van die fotografie succesjes die niet dagelijks voorkomen...;-)

15 Jul 2010 9:57pm

@♏arleen: inderdaad ... Er is vaak heel veel geduld nodig om het juiste moment af te wachten, maar de dosis geluk is zeker niet te onderschatten.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Clever catch on what she was doing. You have to know what to look for which is how she so easily fools predators that don't know her secrets. You Johan have to know too.. and once again you amaze me with your knowledge.

25 Jul 2010 9:19pm

@Dutçh: Most of the time I observe a species for as long as I can when taking images (and many times I observe without being able to get a good image ;-))) ). But that way, you learn every time a little more about their behaviour. So I learned that when a butterfly (especially the blues) is curling down the abdomen, most of the time an egg has to be deposed on the plant. When I see this now, I always try to catch that moment, balancing between acting fast in order to get the moment and not too fast in order not to scare away the butterfly. When the butterfly leaves, I go searching for the egg - sometimes I'm lucky, other times not ...
And the more I learn, the more I get the feeling there is so much more still to learn ... (A bit frustrating sometimes). Thanks for your apreciation, Kristen.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

The next time a butterfly leaves, Johan, see if you can get a really tight macro of one of the eggs. I would love to see if there is detail the eye does not pick up on!

28 Jul 2010 5:15am

@Dutçh: Oh, an assignment ... Nice one. I'll definitely try to - but no promisses ...

Canon EOS 400D
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