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Adonis blue

By chalkhillblue
Adonis blue (Lysandra bellargus)-male.
Photographed on Rew down, Ventnor, IW, 8 Aug 10.
f5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 200 @ 150mm, hand held. This lovely little butterfly could fly perfectly well but seemed unable to fold his wings correctly upon landing, this image was taken at about 6.30 pm and he had been settled for approx 5 mins, very breezy, 30+ shots taken to get just one half decent image. Please view large.
Thank you very much to all who took time to vote and comment on my previous (Grass snake) upload.

Tags: Butterflies Close-up and macro Adonis blue Wildlife and nature Clos upandmacro

Voters: ColouredImages, rpba18205, LeeFisher and 42 more

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Mayfly 12 485 2 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 4:46PM
Stunning colour and detail.


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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
29 Aug 2010 4:51PM
Beautiful colour and detail. Lovely capture........Sandy
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
29 Aug 2010 5:20PM
Stunning details!

I've noticed Common Blue females sometimes sit rubbing their wings together - I always thought it was a way of attracting males (either by flashing blue, or distributing scent).
29 Aug 2010 5:31PM
Beautiful capture David

29 Aug 2010 5:39PM
An absolutely cracking macro. Its a real beauty. Love the detail and the colours. Well done.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 5:51PM
just love it

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Aug 2010 5:57PM
A beautiful image, David, stunning colours and detail. Carol
This is an admirable result given the conditions David. The detail and colours are superb!
29 Aug 2010 7:33PM
beautiful image ...lee
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 8:33PM
VERY windy today surprised you managed a shot at all - well done
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
29 Aug 2010 8:38PM
Lovely capture David - a real treat just to get a flash of that stunning blue. I know what you mean about these windy conditions - a real pain.
franfoto 10 2 32 England
29 Aug 2010 8:46PM
Fantastic detail in this shot and such a lovely comp. The light is beautiful.
Did you use a tripod?
29 Aug 2010 8:56PM
my fav also,too fast for me

excellent image DN
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 9:47PM
Good work with this finely detailed & well-presented picture, David.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 10:21PM
How lovely to see that magnificent blue of this particular butterfly - well captured David - Ina
Ian Pratt 16 75
29 Aug 2010 11:27PM
Well done to get both sides of the butterfly. Very sharp and well-placed in the frame.
31 Aug 2010 7:31AM
A superb capture, David, wonderful colours and details.
31 Aug 2010 10:04AM
Just outstanding David well detailed throughout!!!!
sparklep 11 146 1
31 Aug 2010 10:03PM
This is so stunning and the detail is wondrful. I am so grateful for creation and the beauty around us. Your photographs are such a wonderful reminder.
mrjt 12 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2010 12:29PM
A fine image and beautiful colours...Jack
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
1 Sep 2010 2:30PM
A stunning shot David, beautiful detail/pose and color,
awesome colour and detail,great shot.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
2 Sep 2010 8:38PM
A fabulous shot of this beautiful bright blue butterfly. I'm sure I saw my first one ever today on Cranham Common in Gloucestershire, but alas I couldn't catch him on camera
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
3 Sep 2010 8:46PM
Simply exquisite David. Wonderful iridescence, colours and wing patterning, together with pin sharp detail and superb textures. Beautifully composed with lovely clean bg tones.
OAKEY 10 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 9:20PM
Stunningly beautiful close up and great composition.
RTDS 9 Cyprus
9 Sep 2010 7:49PM
Superb capture!!
9 Sep 2010 8:21PM
fantastic no other words describe this awesome shot
artcubis 11 6 United States
10 Nov 2010 7:18PM
Magical. Lovely. Perfectly beautiful colors and markings.


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