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The beautiful Silver Studded Blue Butterfly from my day out with Nigel Kiteley

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105mm Nikkor Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Silver Studded Blue
Username:tubbtubby tubbtubby
Uploaded:7 Jul 2010 - 10:15 PM
Tags:Butterflies, Butterfly, Butterfly conservation, Close-up / macro, Endangered, Prees heath, Rare, Salop, Shrops, Shropshire, Silver studded, Silver studded blue, Wildlife / nature
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Angi_Wallace
7 Jul 2010 - 10:17 PM

Gorgeous, whatstheifference between these and common blues?

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 10:17 PM

WOWO What amazing and lovely capture,very well done.
saeid

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 10:20 PM

Lovely shot, excellent detail and a b/g tone that shows the butterfly off to prefection.
Ronnie.

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SugarDJ
SugarDJ  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 10:22 PM

Lovely close up!

David

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tubbtubby
tubbtubby  6 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2010 - 10:30 PM

Thanks guys!

Zarazinia: look at the studs towards the outer part of the wing. This is the female which has a brown under and upperside. The butterfly itself us quite a specialist though and the caterpillar can only feed on heather and needs ants to look after it so it can only survive in a very specific environment.

I hope the little piece of info is of use.

Cheers, Pete.

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RoxyMoo
RoxyMoo  3 England
7 Jul 2010 - 11:03 PM

Wow what a beautiful butterfly! Great colour and detail! Well captured
Claire x

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 4EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 11:19 PM

So beautiful - super detail.
Joan.

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mattberry
mattberry e2 Member 9259 forum postsmattberry vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 11:34 PM

Nice clean shot, well done!


Quote: caterpillar can only feed on heather

For info larvae do feed on other plants, "A wide variety of ericaceous and leguminous plants are used: on heathland the most common are Heather (Calluna vulgaris), Bell Heather (Erica cinerea), Cross-leaved Heath (E. tetralix), gorses (Ulex spp.); and on calcareous sites mainly Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Common Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium), and Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa)." (Butterfly Conservation).

Kind regards
Matt

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tubbtubby
tubbtubby  6 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 - 8:26 AM

Thanks everyone!

And Matt thanks for the info it would be nice if you could tell us a little more about their relationship with the ants also?

Best wishes, Pete


Quote: Nice clean shot, well done!

Quote:caterpillar can only feed on heatherFor info larvae do feed on other plants, "A wide variety of ericaceous and leguminous plants are used: on heathland the most common are Heather (Calluna vulgaris), Bell Heather (Erica cinerea), Cross-leaved Heath (E. tetralix), gorses (Ulex spp.); and on calcareous sites mainly Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Common Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium), and Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa)." (Butterfly Conservation).

Kind regards
Matt

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Piluca_Alvarez

Superb shot showing the thuds to perfection!! Nice job, Pete!

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NigelKiteley
NigelKiteley e2 Member 4NigelKiteley vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 6:02 PM

A truly fabulous image from a truly memorable day mate!!!

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2010 - 7:01 PM

A stunner x x

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2010 - 6:21 PM

A real beauty, the detail and colours are sublime. Don't think I've ever seen one of these before

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