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Polyommatus icarus - female

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

Polyommatus icarus (Icarusblauwtje (BE) / Common Blue (EN) / Hauhechel-Bläuling (DE) / Argus bleu (FR) ) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is the most common member of this family throughout Belgium (and probably throughout Europe). The adults fly in two generations a year: from early May till the beginning of July, and from early July till mid September. In favourable years a third generation occurs from the beginning of September till early October. Females are brown with a row of red spots along the edges. They usually have a variable amount of blue at the base of the wings. The larva lives on several species of Fabaceae and the chrysalis is attended by different species of ants (as most Lycaenidae-species).
This female chose the brightly colored Lythrum salicaria as a place to enjoy the last sunlight of the day.

Image: Lille (BE) - 08/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 100 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautiful light and colours

14 Aug 2010 5:50am

@Christine: Thanks Christine. The image is taken in late afternoon sunlight. Have a nice weekend.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

yes very common (in my place) and rather dull colored species but nice blue/green on the back

14 Aug 2010 6:05am

@Veronique: I think even on the upper side of the wings the colors can be very nice, depending on the amount of blue there. I think it is a common species in most of Europe but I just like this species and because you don't have to search all day to find it, it is a very good species to practice on butterfly-photography. Have a nice weekend, Veronique.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hallo Johan ! Fein, daß du schon immer gleich den deutschen Namen angibst. Natürlich schön - wie auch sonst bei dir !

14 Aug 2010 11:05am

@Loner: My visitors are multilingual, so I decided to look for the common names in dutch, english, german and french because the scientific name is for most people not known and it saves some extra "google"-use for those who are interested in the species. I'm glad you apreciate this. Hope you weekend turns out to be good, despite your broken foot !

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

very nice capture...

14 Aug 2010 6:59pm

@Olivier: Thank you very much, Olivier. Glad you like it.

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Perfect focus.Lovely colors

14 Aug 2010 9:42pm

@Gina: Thank you very much, Gina.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Beautiful color and sharp focus on the butterfly. Another wonderful background Johan!

14 Aug 2010 10:35pm

@Julie Brown: I always try to look for enough room behind the subject in order to avoid reflections on grass and leaves etc. With a small f-number background is blurred enough to be realy smooth.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Fantastisch kleurenpallet, en wederom weer een mooie macrofoto!!

15 Aug 2010 6:40pm

@Mascha: Ik sta steeds weer versteld van de enorme kleurenpracht van de natuur rondom ons. Jammer dat zo weinig mensen er echt naar kijken ... Groetjes !

Don Levesque from New Brunswick, Canada


17 Aug 2010 3:18pm

@Don Levesque: Thanks again for your comment.

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 100
150 mm