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Cupido minimus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 4 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Cupido minimus (Dwergblauwtje (BE) / Small Blue (EN) / Zwerg-Bläuling (DE) / Argus frêle (FR) ) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. With a forewinglength of only 9mm, this is Belgium's smallest resident Butterfly and despite its common name not particularly blue! The male has some bluish suffusion at the base of is upperwings but is mostly dark brown like the female. The undersides are a silvery grey with small black dots. The male has a bluish tint at the base of his wings similar to the upperside. In the southern part of Belgium it is a locally common species, very rarely observed in the north.
The larva lives on Anthyllis vulneraria and is attended by several species of ants.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Pablo Cosio from VENICE. California, United States

I Really like this photo!

4 Aug 2010 6:03am

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

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Excellent ,very well done :)

4 Aug 2010 7:20am

@Shahryar: Thank you very much, Shahryar.

Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

Comme toujours, les couleurs et la mise au point sont magnifiques. Encore un beau specimen !

4 Aug 2010 8:26am

@Julie: It is indeed a wonderfull species (like all the Lycaenidae). It is the smallest member of the family. Thanks again for your comment, Julie.

Florence from Paris, France

A wonderful model and a reamarquable composition Johan. Colors and DOF are simply amazing. 5 stars for me ! :-)

4 Aug 2010 9:02am

@Florence: I'm glad you like it this much, Florence. Thanks for the * :-)

Piia from Helsinki, Finland

Really pretty. :)

4 Aug 2010 1:19pm

@Piia: Thank you very much, Piia.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Beautiful background, light and detail. Your butterfly portraits are outstanding!

4 Aug 2010 1:57pm

@Julie Brown: Thanks Julie. Like your bird images are improving due to practice I think my butterflies are improving too. Learning from what went wrong previous images is the most important to get better results next time.

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

real nice. great bokeh.

4 Aug 2010 2:00pm

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

salva from burgos, Spain


4 Aug 2010 3:51pm

@salva: Thank you very much, Salva. I'm happy with this image too, but perfect? There is always something to improve I think.

pixator from kerman, Iran

Fantastic shot !
5***** !

4 Aug 2010 6:28pm

@pixator: Thank you very much for your apreciation !

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

toujours magnifique de details ,une belle finesse des compositions ,une serie de papillons tous aussi jolies les uns que les autres !!
amitiés ,johan !

4 Aug 2010 9:29pm

@marc battault: Thank you very much again, Marc. I'm glad you are enjoying the series day after day. Greetz.

♏arleen from Netherlands

Zo'n ukje en dan ook nog zo'n super opname...klasse!

5 Aug 2010 1:26pm

@♏arleen: Ik wist dat ze klein waren, maar moet zeggen dat ik toch verrast was dat ze zooo miniem zijn hoor. Als ze niet opfladderen uit de vegetatie merk je ze totaal niet op. Maar mooi zijn ze zeker en vast.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Oh look, a 5 again! Don't let it go to your head. :P And also I found something interesting here. They are discussing rule breaking regarding the basic rules of composition. If you remember my dragonfly who seemed trapped, you were right there. It did look better after I changed it. But there are cases when you want the subject facing the corner too. Hope the English is easy enough to read. I found the article interesting and thought to share it.

5 Aug 2010 3:57pm

@Dutçh: Thanks for the * again, Kristen. Rule-breaking is always a fascinating subject :-). For me one of the first sentences of the article is important: before breaking the rules you have to master them first .... There are lots of reasons to be found to break the rules... but it has to add something extra to the image. Breaking rules just to break with them is most of the time not very interesting... there has to be an extra intention in doing so. The best images are those where you even don't notice the rules are broken ... Thanks for sharing the article - it's always nice reflecting on those subjects.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtig zoals het licht door de haren van de vleugels schijnt!!
Super foto!!

6 Aug 2010 6:18pm

@Mascha: Dank je alweer voor je lovende commentaar, Mascha. DIt was zeker geen evidente foto - zo laag tegen de grond dat die klavertjes staan (je kent ze allicht wel) en dan zo een minivlindertje dat komt drinken... Ik kon nadien nog amper recht :-) Maar als je dan thuis het resultaat van je opname ziet - is het dat wel waard toch?

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm