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Azure

By taggart  
Azure
Sooty Azure, female ? AKA Dusky Azure
Celastrina ebenina
1/4 -- 1 1/4 inches (19-32 mm)

A profusion of these tiny butterflies seem to be around just now-- very hard to determine just which of the AZURES it is-- Spring, Appalachian, Dusky/Sooty--possibly a local variant ???

I think this one was laying eggs on Queen of the Prairie buds.

f 3.2, 1/200, 0ev, ISO 200

Tags: Usa General Butterfly Insect Close-up and macro Azure Pennsylvania Wildlife and nature

Voters: PatriciaWilson, Boyd, GalleryGirl and 121 more

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Comments


GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 12:53PM
Wow what an amazing capture. Beautiful colours on the butterfly and the detail superb. Well done Jennnn, love it!
Marilyn x

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adrian2208 12 251 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 12:59PM
stunning shot great focus and dof
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Newtman 10 2 5
24 Jun 2008 1:06PM
Lovely capture, Jenn. It reminds me of our holly blue, which has a similar underside. Unfortunately that is not much help in your part of the world.
David
24 Jun 2008 1:15PM
Amazing composition, stunning colours and details. Wonderful image.
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
24 Jun 2008 1:15PM
Beautiful use of dof Jenn. Looks like 3d effect. Well done.
Dennis
Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
24 Jun 2008 1:16PM
Superb colours and light in this.

Best Matt
CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
24 Jun 2008 1:26PM
Simply gorgeous, Jenn. Carol
piccy 10 8 Wales
24 Jun 2008 1:26PM
Wow, this is stunning jenn. Great colour on the butterfly.
freda
cantona43 Plus
11 924 4 England
24 Jun 2008 1:31PM
this is so beautiful a wonderful well composed shot
Neil
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
24 Jun 2008 1:31PM
Yes it does rather look like our Holly Blue Jennnn. Whatever, it is very sharp ,beautifully composed and photographed xxx
proz 12 205 United States
24 Jun 2008 1:32PM
stunning Jenn
24 Jun 2008 1:35PM
Excellent shot,very sharp! Vic
rossi 13 142 11 England
24 Jun 2008 1:36PM
Awesome, really, it is!

Ian
24 Jun 2008 2:11PM
Super shot, nice colour and detail,
Fred.
24 Jun 2008 2:15PM
Waooooooooo what a fantastic shot Smile Really love it

Rgds/Sidd
AlleyCatz 10 274 6 England
24 Jun 2008 2:23PM
Beautifully executed image and presentation.
Superb capture Smile

~Alley~
24 Jun 2008 2:33PM
really lovely Jennn
tumienis 12 2 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 2:48PM
amazing shot! love it alot!
24 Jun 2008 3:01PM
Superb shot, I've yet to spot one of these. Sylvia
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
24 Jun 2008 3:06PM
Fantastic Jenn!
Bob
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 3:14PM
Just look at that dark eye!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wonderful detail and assured composition.
Bill
24 Jun 2008 3:21PM
Brilliant! Love it. Ken
ringyneck 10 315 18 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 3:23PM
Just love the colour.

Keith
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 3:30PM
Beautiful capture, including the detail on the body and legs. I hope she is a lady!
Moira
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 3:34PM
Brilliant - the kind of photography that I aspire to.
24 Jun 2008 3:57PM
Great colors and composition on this Jennn.
Chris
sunshot 11 24 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 4:26PM
jenn i'm so envious, not only have you capture your butterfly superbly, the dof / back ground looks brilliant
i took a butterfly shot (todays upload ) and i had to paint over the b/g. it was horrid
anyway first class shot, well done

marc
Cormy 9 3 England
24 Jun 2008 4:34PM
Jennnn,this is so gorgeous.Love it.
Cheers
Alan
24 Jun 2008 4:47PM
oooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhh jennnnnnnnnn
this is wonderfuuuuulllllll!
Smile Lucy
55jase Plus
11 188 2 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 4:55PM
awesome .
jase
It's one of those photos which gives you something to aspire to. Top photo! JNC
Big_T 10 58 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 5:27PM
Fantastic the background colours compliment the butterfly beautifully.
Smile

Big T
RachelMB 10 42 10 England
24 Jun 2008 5:40PM
Beautiful colours and use of DoF. Very pretty photo. Smile
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
24 Jun 2008 5:53PM
Excellent image,detail and dof Jennn.
Tom.
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
24 Jun 2008 6:39PM
This has to be one of your best even by your standards Jenn, gorgeous. - gary
RubberBullets 15 1 6 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 6:51PM
Really lovely shot, beautiful colours.

Tim
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
24 Jun 2008 6:59PM
Composition is spot on, very clever DOF and the soft colours are just wonderful. Great shot.
Ron
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
24 Jun 2008 7:11PM
Superb macro photography. Very well done.

Albert
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
24 Jun 2008 7:14PM
Fine shot using superb lighting.

Rock
24 Jun 2008 7:43PM
We hardly see any Butterflies up here Jenn, so its good to see them here, superb aperture control, just a delightful image to look at, very fine image, Adrian
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
24 Jun 2008 7:52PM
What a beauty you've captured here Jennnn, the colour, detail and clarity are all first class
Portknockie 12 48 Scotland
24 Jun 2008 7:54PM
It is beautiful Jennnnnn..what every type it is..stunning blue and a superb comp...

Don
24 Jun 2008 8:15PM
A really wonderful image Jennn.

Graham
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
24 Jun 2008 8:35PM
Gorgeous colors what ever it is. Perfect capture.
bfgstew 10 668 105 England
24 Jun 2008 8:47PM
A beauty Jennn, whatever it is.
Stew
riprap007 12 1.6k 37 England
24 Jun 2008 8:55PM
this is my fave of yours, sublime colours!
exposure Plus
12 3.9k England
24 Jun 2008 9:01PM
Beautiful sharp detail and d.o.f lovely light Jennn and colours tones and composition,
Pauline.
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
24 Jun 2008 9:06PM
This is exceptionally good Jennn. The butterfly looks beautiful and it's in a very complimentary composition. Top shot.
Brian.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 9:30PM
What a beauty Jenn.
The detail is delightful and the background colouring sets it off so well
Helen
User_Removed 8 78 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 10:09PM
excellent macro and comp Jennn

Dave
24 Jun 2008 10:20PM
Amazing detail, superbly captured macro

Graeme
FeatherFriend 9 38 217 England
25 Jun 2008 12:13AM
Apart from being an excellent Macro shot the B/G colour is a work of art on it's own.
Geoff.
GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 12:14AM
Such a pretty colour with stunning detail and DoF Jennnn. Well done , this is fabulous!

gill Smile
25 Jun 2008 1:35AM
Beautiful lighting and good dof.

David
Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
25 Jun 2008 2:50AM
Lovely glow to this picture, Jennn.
Brian
JimV 10 6 3 Canada
25 Jun 2008 4:16AM
Beats me how you manage to grab such shots Jennn, do you sit around with your camera set up and focused waiting for a subject - such as this - to come along, I rather think not.......what I'm getting around to saying is this is absolutely, stunningly, superb!
Rgds., Jim
newy17 10 273 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 5:11AM
WOW this is Fantastic jennn superbly captured ,,
ian
C_Daniels 11 399 10 England
25 Jun 2008 6:31AM
Well caught Jenn - better than any of my goes so far at these Smile
Wooly 11 112 4 England
25 Jun 2008 8:11AM
Superb Jennnnn, well deserving of all it's attention.

Alan
imagio 10 12 1 England
25 Jun 2008 8:33AM
Superb capture Jennn

Bernie
Chant57 Plus
10 395 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 8:37AM
Stunning colour and detail and so well presented Jennn
C
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
25 Jun 2008 9:46AM
This one gets my user award Jennn - as the stamp says - a real gem.
Brian.
plugin 12 1 Canada
25 Jun 2008 1:35PM
Awesome..
Jim
edwood 8 3 Scotland
25 Jun 2008 2:48PM
stunning shot,comp and light perfect
franfoto 9 2 32 England
25 Jun 2008 6:13PM
Superb and shortlisted. Your work is so inspiring Jenn.
Fran
Gorgeous, Jennnnnn.....Excellent capture!

Cheers,
Suz Smile
KKmoments 10 12 1 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2008 1:19PM
Absolutely STUNNING... the colour, lighting, detail and composition are A1.. brilliant image
Karen
ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2008 2:54PM
what a beauty,
Chris.
27 Jun 2008 6:40PM
Fantastic!
Johanna
29 Jun 2008 12:39PM
An amazing blue. A wonderful capture Jenn..
Tom_Charles 12 279
18 Aug 2008 9:17PM
A real gem of a shot; stunning light and colours!

Tom
23 Oct 2009 8:57PM
superb

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