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lampides boeticus

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Butterfly Close-up Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 6:02AM
Great set Carol how's that weather over there because we could do with some of it over here.

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jaktis 14 84 Sweden
6 Jul 2012 6:16AM
A good set of images

posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 6:28AM
Love the info, but love the images even more...amazing !

Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
6 Jul 2012 6:40AM
Brilliant work Carol and an intersting write up.

annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
6 Jul 2012 6:44AM
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'
Ray42 10 3 England
6 Jul 2012 6:59AM
A first glimpse of this long tailed blue - quite stunning - a great set Carol
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:07AM
They are very pretty and I had no idea they were considered a pest. 4 super shots.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
6 Jul 2012 7:17AM
Beautiful! The colours and details you've captured on this pristine specimen are absolutely gorgeous!
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:17AM
wonderful detail brilliant colours and textures carol a stunning set nice ones Wink
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:25AM
Four lovely shots of this beauty.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:33AM
such an interesting write up and lovely imagesSmile
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
6 Jul 2012 7:34AM
Informative write-up to accompany these fine macro images.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
6 Jul 2012 8:02AM
Another new one to me too. Very informative description, and excellent complentary set, Carol.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 8:04AM
great info ... and just love seeing a BLUE SKY
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Jul 2012 8:22AM

Now you're just showing off!

6 Jul 2012 8:30AM
Lovely a fine set Carol.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 8:33AM
That's a pretty one Carol, great detail, excellent capture.
6 Jul 2012 8:35AM
Super set of captures Carol, V1 Superb,
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 8:54AM
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.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
6 Jul 2012 9:03AM
A good set of images Carol and infomative info too
Regards Richard
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
6 Jul 2012 9:11AM
Another good and lovely set of images,Carol,very well done,
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
6 Jul 2012 9:22AM
Wonderful details in these images. Have seen very few butterflies around of late which is sad.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
6 Jul 2012 10:42AM
Very beautiful, and a super set, Carol... interesting write-up, too Wink
Trev Smile
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 10:58AM
Another new one on me but superbly photographed as ever, Carol.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
6 Jul 2012 12:42PM
Stunning set Carol, I went out yesterday to try to get some butterfly and dragonfly shots, failed on both, did not see any.


6 Jul 2012 12:47PM
A fine set.
6 Jul 2012 12:56PM
V1 for me today Carol anyway there are enough peas to go round Tongue fine detailed captures on all 4

An outstanding capture, Carol. Deep
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Jul 2012 3:33PM
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
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
6 Jul 2012 3:53PM
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.

sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 4:27PM
Four very nice images with a very interesting narrative - Elizabeth xx
6 Jul 2012 4:27PM
Wonderful set Carol. v1 for me today Smile
6 Jul 2012 5:25PM
4 Crackers Carol, excellent work Wink
Freila 7 107
6 Jul 2012 5:26PM
So Clear the detail is truly great
evelen 13 5 England
6 Jul 2012 6:25PM
wonderful set of shots carol.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
6 Jul 2012 6:59PM
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

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:09PM
Superb light in all this shots! WONDERFUL stuff! Grin
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
6 Jul 2012 7:40PM
Every one a winner Carol. All four of them are superb.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:47PM
Never mind the BF, which is a fine shot, what about the backdrop?

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

Ta for the U.A galTongue

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Jul 2012 7:52PM
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
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
6 Jul 2012 8:30PM
Lovely detailed images Carol...& interseting write-up
Humidity is up tonightSmile
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 9:22PM
v2 for me Catol - love those beautiful blue markings SmileSmile
LexEquine 12 19 United States
7 Jul 2012 12:20AM
"Brilliant {A++++} Set!!" ~ Peter Wink
LexEquine 12 19 United States
7 Jul 2012 12:24AM
'I really did not hesitate in giving You my Award.'~~ Smile

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

Ciao~ Pietro
7 Jul 2012 5:45AM
Outstanding again. A
7 Jul 2012 8:43AM
More excellence on display here! G
A cracking set Carol.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
8 Jul 2012 9:30AM
4 wonderful captures Carol . So sharp they are eye bogling ( like 3D) xxx

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