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Lampides boeticus, also known as pea blue or long tailed blue, is an extremely rare migrant to the British Isles, but on the continent it is considered a pest of pea crops. The adult butterfly has a jerky and rapid flight that is very similar to a hairstreak, but flies closer to the ground. It is also a strong flyer, borne out by its ability to migrate over large expanses of land and water. This butterfly possesses a pair of ‘tails’ that give this species its name, together with an eye spot where the tails meet the wings. These act to divert a predator, such as a bird, away from the essential body parts. When at rest, the butterfly will rotate the hindwings which causes the tails to move, diverting predators from the more-important parts of the body.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:lampides boeticus
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:6 Jul 2012 - 5:15 AM
Tags:Butterfly, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:78
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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 6:02 AM

Great set Carol how's that weather over there because we could do with some of it over here.
Rob

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
6 Jul 2012 - 6:16 AM

A good set of images

Peter

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 6:28 AM

Love the info, but love the images even more...amazing !

Barry

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 6:40 AM

Brilliant work Carol and an intersting write up.

Andy

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 6:44 AM

Fantastic detail in this stunning hairstreak . Don't think I've ever seen it
Both situations are well taken. It shines agains the blue sky and blends in perfectly but for he 'eye'

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 6:59 AM

A first glimpse of this long tailed blue - quite stunning - a great set Carol

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 7:07 AM

They are very pretty and I had no idea they were considered a pest. 4 super shots.

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84254 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 7:17 AM

Beautiful! The colours and details you've captured on this pristine specimen are absolutely gorgeous!

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 7:17 AM

wonderful detail brilliant colours and textures carol a stunning set nice ones Wink
andy

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LynneJoyce
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6 Jul 2012 - 7:25 AM

Four lovely shots of this beauty.

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Mynett
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6 Jul 2012 - 7:33 AM

such an interesting write up and lovely imagesSmile

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 7:34 AM

Informative write-up to accompany these fine macro images.

Albert

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 8:02 AM

Another new one to me too. Very informative description, and excellent complentary set, Carol.

Dave

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 8:04 AM

great info ... and just love seeing a BLUE SKY

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 8:22 AM

PAH Sad

Now you're just showing off!

Ade

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 8:30 AM

Lovely a fine set Carol.

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 429 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 8:33 AM

That's a pretty one Carol, great detail, excellent capture.
Carole

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Badgerfred
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6 Jul 2012 - 8:35 AM

Super set of captures Carol, V1 Superb,
Fred.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 8:54 AM

Fine set if images to educate us about another
interesting butterfly. Think I need a more comprehensive
book! Didn't know half of these varitites existed.
Great work Carole. V1 probably depicts it best.
KateGrin

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 9:03 AM

A good set of images Carol and infomative info too
Regards Richard

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 9:11 AM

Another good and lovely set of images,Carol,very well done,
saeid

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 9:22 AM

Wonderful details in these images. Have seen very few butterflies around of late which is sad.

Ann

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 10:42 AM

Very beautiful, and a super set, Carol... interesting write-up, too Wink
Trev Smile

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TonyDy
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6 Jul 2012 - 10:58 AM

Another new one on me but superbly photographed as ever, Carol.
Tony

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achieverswales
6 Jul 2012 - 12:42 PM

Stunning set Carol, I went out yesterday to try to get some butterfly and dragonfly shots, failed on both, did not see any.

Regards

Trev.

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prabhusinha
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6 Jul 2012 - 12:47 PM

A fine set.

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digital_boi
6 Jul 2012 - 12:56 PM

V1 for me today Carol anyway there are enough peas to go round Tongue fine detailed captures on all 4

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Deep_Bhatia
6 Jul 2012 - 1:01 PM

An outstanding capture, Carol. Deep

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 3:33 PM

Fantastic detail and clarity in these impressive close up shots Carol, I see that you have put the Big O's nose out of joint!Wink

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 3:53 PM

V1 is super, very well done Carol.
The site seems to be 'playing up' for me lately
and I can't see the rest of your set.
I had to give up y'day too.

B.

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 4:27 PM

Four very nice images with a very interesting narrative - Elizabeth xx

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NobbytheNobster

Wonderful set Carol. v1 for me today Smile
Ricky.

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WindowonWildlife
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6 Jul 2012 - 5:25 PM

4 Crackers Carol, excellent work Wink

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Freila
Freila  4106 forum posts
6 Jul 2012 - 5:26 PM

So Clear the detail is truly great
Debbie

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evelen
evelen  9 England
6 Jul 2012 - 6:25 PM

wonderful set of shots carol.
eve.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 6:59 PM

What a beaut!!! Vs 1 and 3 are incredible captures, Carol, and I love how the tail eyes glow in V2 Smile

V4 is great for the inside view - love those blues Smile

Andrew

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Chinga
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6 Jul 2012 - 7:09 PM

Superb light in all this shots! WONDERFUL stuff! Grin
IB

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 7:40 PM

Every one a winner Carol. All four of them are superb.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85867 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 7:47 PM

Never mind the BF, which is a fine shot, what about the backdrop?

Blue skys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Ta for the U.A galTongue

Adrian

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 7:52 PM

At last the first mention of something meteorological from the big ginger pussy tonight, I'd begun to think he was a bit under the weather! Wink

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6 Jul 2012 - 8:30 PM

Lovely detailed images Carol...& interseting write-up
Humidity is up tonightSmile
Pauline.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 9:22 PM

v2 for me Catol - love those beautiful blue markings SmileSmile
Helen

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2012 - 12:20 AM

"Brilliant {A++++} Set!!" ~ Peter Wink

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2012 - 12:24 AM

'I really did not hesitate in giving You my Award.'~~ Smile

"Have a wonderful Cretan Weekend, Carol." ~ Stay Well ~

Ciao~ Pietro

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7 Jul 2012 - 5:45 AM

Outstanding again. A

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unicorn17
unicorn17  5 Scotland
7 Jul 2012 - 8:43 AM

More excellence on display here! G

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NigelKiteley
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7 Jul 2012 - 4:30 PM

A cracking set Carol.

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Mavis
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8 Jul 2012 - 9:30 AM

4 wonderful captures Carol . So sharp they are eye bogling ( like 3D) xxx

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