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Polyommatus coridon

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Polyommatus coridon (Bleek blauwtje (BE) / Chalkhill Blue (EN) / Silbergrüner Bläuling (DE) / Argus bleu-nacré (FR) ) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.
It is a locally common species in the limestone areas of Belgium, elsewhere scattered observations of vagrants. Vulnerable. The larva lives on Hippocrepis comosa. The larva is attended by different species of ants.
Males have pale silvery-blue wings with black and white border (see image). Females are dark brown, also with the black and white borders. As with many blue butterflies, separation from similar species in the field is on the underside markings. The adults fly from the end of June till mid September.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

© Johan Dierckx

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Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France


5 Aug 2010 5:46am

@Julie: You broke the record of shortest comment ! But I'm glad the image makes you smile. Warm greetings.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

this is a beautiful shot !! lovely blue color

5 Aug 2010 8:53am

@Veronique: Thanks again, Veronique. I liked the blue butterfly sitting on a blue flower... kind of "ton sur ton" ... ;-)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

I went on your blog...........what kind of material do you use for those terrific close-up ?

5 Aug 2010 8:58am

@Veronique: All the material I use is listed on the "about" page. All my macro's are made with the 150mm Sigma-macro. This lens porvide a magnification of 1:1. To get magnifications above 1:1 I add the extenders (1.4x ; 2x or even both) sometimes with addition of Extension Tubes 12/20/36. Of course always on tripod.

Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Great macro shot.

5 Aug 2010 11:42am

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

Catherine from Seoul, South Korea

another beautiful macro ^^

5 Aug 2010 12:08pm

@Catherine: Thanks again for your apreciation, Catherine.

Florence from Paris, France

If yu once tell me that you don't love butterflies, I would not believe you at all Johan.
Gorgeous shot, as always. Colors are definitely divine.

5 Aug 2010 1:07pm

@Florence: I love nature, so this must include butterflies :-). I started making images of butterflies only during summer holiday last year (went to French Vercors then). This year I'm trying to get our Belgian species on a good image and I must say I like searching for them very much. I'll have to search for them for some more years before I can find them all I think, but that gives me a reason to go on ...:-)

♏arleen from Netherlands

Fantastisch, wat een prachtig exemplaar!

5 Aug 2010 1:30pm

@♏arleen: Nog een soort om in je achtertuin te zetten ;-)

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I loved the blue and brown tones. I always thought blue and brown a strange combination, my mother used it in her bathroom. But later on I guess I developed a liking for it.. to see it in nature affirms that even what we think is a strange combination of colors can be right. And this is 'beautifully' right.

5 Aug 2010 3:58pm

@Dutçh: Nature provides sometimes very nice and "strange" color combinations.... I even did not see an ugly one in nature ... The color schemes on the site here are sometimes very surprising. (But painting my bathroom in those colors is something else ...;-) Thanks for your nice comment again, Kristen. Warm greetings.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hallo, Johan ! Bist du auch noch berufstätig oder ist Naturfotografie dein Beruf ? Jeden Tag zeigst du uns ein neues "Ausnahmefoto" und ich weiß, daß Fotografie ein zeitaufwendiges Hobby ist ! Ich habe gerade "About Johan . . . ! gelesen und habe ausgerechnet, daß du jünger bist als 2 meiner 3 Kinder - also mußt du doch noch berufstätig sein. Schöne Grüße !

5 Aug 2010 6:35pm

@Loner: Sonja, mein beruf ist Musiker. Ich lehre Kinder (und auch Erwachsene) die Querflöte spielen. Unterricht fangt meistens nur am 16.00 an. Ich habe im Tag also etwas Freizeit. Sommerferien in Belgien ist von 1 Juli bis 31 august - also auch Ferien für mich. Deswegen kann ich die notwendige Zeit freimachen zum fotografieren. Es is also nicht meinem Beruf sondern eine schönes Hobby. Ich weiß nicht wie alt Ihre Kinder sind, aber ich bin 43 :-).

kisskool from Fontainebleau, France

this macro of butterfly is Excellente!

The details and colors are beautiful

5 Aug 2010 7:46pm

@kisskool: Thank you very much for your visit and comment. Glad you like this one.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

un bel argus johan ,j'aime beaucoup l'aspect nacrée de ses ailes !!
5 etoiles !!
amitiés !

5 Aug 2010 7:48pm

@marc battault: I think that's why the French name is given to the species? Thanks again for the apreciation, Marc.

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, beautiful macro shot!

5 Aug 2010 10:54pm

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

Becky from los angeles, United States


6 Aug 2010 2:01am

@Becky: Thanks, Becky !

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

EEn hele mooie compositie!!

6 Aug 2010 6:16pm

@Mascha: Stoort het onderste bloemknopje niet te veel? Ik heb een aantal opnamen waar ik dat er net af kon laten, maar dan zit de vlinder weer heel erg centraal in beeld. Ik koos dus voor deze, maar ben niet echt zeker. Wat is je mening daarover?

Véro from Savoie, France

exquisite macro ! I'm surprised of the sharpness overall this butterfly according to the f stop at 5.6 and the POV !
Bending towards the small flower which sharpness also give a great DOF to the pic !

9 Aug 2010 7:22am

@Véro: These butterflies are not very big. So with the right focal plane it is not a big problem using small f-numbers to create an overall sharpness-effect (as long as the eyes are sharp !) The small flower-button at the underside of the image just happened to be there and since I was focussing on the eyes of the butterfly, I just was lucky to get that sharp too. Thanks for the extensive comment, Véro.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Hallo Johan,
Het onderste bloemknopje stoort mij helemaal niet, ik vind dat het juist een lijn vormt met de richting van de vlinder.Dus ik blijf het een mooie compositie vinden!!

10 Aug 2010 1:23pm

@Mascha: Heel erg bedankt om het nog een keer te bekijken en er een mooie motivatie bij te geven. Geeft me beetje extra steun bij de keuze voor deze foto.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

now that´s a cool shot!!
Hallo Johan, bin wieder zuhause nach unserem Urlaub - war etwas anstrengend aber auch sehr schön!! habe mich sehr über Deine Kommentare gefreut - wäre ja schön, dich im charlottenburger schlossgarten mal spielen zu hören ;D I´ll have alook now through your shots from the last 2 weeks - to see what I´ve missed inbetween ;) LG Daniela

21 Aug 2010 1:36pm

@daniela scharnowski: WB Daniela. I hope you enjoyed your trip very much and I hope to see some splendid imagas during next weeks ....

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm