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Aricia agestis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 3 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Aricia agestis (Bruin blauwtje (BE) /Brown Argus (EN) / Kleine Sonnenröschen-Bläuling (DE) / Collier-de-corail (FR) ) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. Although one of the "Blues" both sexes are brown on the uppersides with a band of orange spots at the border of each wing. They can be mistaken for other female blues. Forewinglenght about 13 mm. It is a rather rare species throughout Belgium. Vulnerable. The larva lives on Helianthemum nummularium, Geranium pusillum and Erodium cicutarium.

Image: Viroinval (BE) - 24/07/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/500 second F/5.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

You are good at finding the rare species, Johan. I like the depth of field, light, and the saturated colors, and of course the lovely background. You put the focal point right where it needed to be.

3 Aug 2010 5:04am

@Julie Brown: Carefully plan trips, study of habitats where these species live etc etc... it is al part of the preparation to be succesful in finding them. And then of course enough luck ... And I realy start enjoying searching butterflies and making images of them. :-)

Will from Gainesville, United States

wow...beautiful macro and details:)

3 Aug 2010 2:45pm

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

Mithun from palakkad, kerela/BangalorePe, India

Excellent, No words for this, perfect bokeh shot. wonderful DOF

3 Aug 2010 5:37pm

@Mithun: Thank you very much for your kind comment !

marc from Granby, Canada

oh wow wonderful detail with some gorgeous color well capture...

3 Aug 2010 7:11pm

@marc: Thank you very much, Marc.

♏arleen from Netherlands

Een zeer fraai exemplaar met deze mooie oranje stipjes!
Deze waardplanten zijn het helemaal waard om in je tuin te hebben....!

3 Aug 2010 7:28pm

@♏arleen: De waardplanten alleen zijn jammer genoeg niet voldoende om deze leuke vlindertjes in je tuin te krijgen ... (met een thermofiel kalkgrasland of een duinenrij in je achtertuin wil het nog wel een keer lukken). Mocht je deze vlindertjes ooit in je tuin hebben, mag ik ze zeker toch komen fotograferen ?

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Schon wieder ein Traumfoto ! Immer wieder bin ich begeistert, wie genau du recherchierst und auf feinste Unterschiede aufmerksam machst.

3 Aug 2010 8:10pm

@Loner: For me it's a pleasure doing this. It is my opinion that more knowledge about a species can lead to more apreciation (and lets hope more protection...). A correct determination is the beginning and then every detail counts ... Have a nice evening, Sonja !

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Really beautiful macro.Lovely colors

3 Aug 2010 8:40pm

@Gina: Thank you very much, Gina. It is a lovely species to observe !

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

An exquisite macro

3 Aug 2010 9:23pm

@Skyriani: Thank you for this apreciation!

Becky from los angeles, United States


3 Aug 2010 10:06pm

@Becky: Thank you very much, Becky.

pixator from kerman, Iran

Very beautiful shot !

4 Aug 2010 6:27pm

@pixator: I'm glad you like this one that much :-)

♏arleen from Netherlands

@ Zodra wij verkassen richting duinen laat ik het weten..;-)))))

5 Aug 2010 1:25pm

@♏arleen: :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm