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Polyommatus icarus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 13 May 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Polyommatus icarus (NL: Icarusblauwtje / EN: Common Blue / DE: Hauhechel-Bläuling / FR: Argus bleu) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is the most common member of this family throughout throughout Europe. In Belgium 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. So I was very surprised to find this specimen in the beginning of april in Sicily. 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).

Image: Ciane (IT-SI) - 03/04/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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dang from Atlanta, United States

Nice detail, well done.

13 May 2012 9:30am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Magnificent macro!

13 May 2012 5:08pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


13 May 2012 7:44pm

Carol from Leamington ON, Canada

There's really nothing to say.... I am just enjoying all the beauty of this macro... it is perfect! The color and detail is a delight, love the composition.

13 May 2012 10:06pm

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige macro, Johan !
Mooi lijnenspel.

14 May 2012 5:30am

Canon EOS 400D
1/80 second
ISO 200
150 mm