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08-MAY-2011 Please click on "original size"

Celastrina argiolus - Holly Blue
Raasepori, Finland

Paatsamasinisiipi on lennossa jo huhtikuun lopulta alkaen, ja vielä pitkälle toukokuuhun se on ainoa lennossa oleva sinisiipilajimme.
Perhonen on yleinen Pohjois-Pohjanmaalle saakka ja useimmiten sen tapaa metsien reunamilta, mutta myös pihapiirien kukilta.
Toukka käyttää ravinnokseen paatsamaa ja talvehtii kotelona.

Holly Blue is found in Eurasia, South Asia, North America and Central America.
In Finland, larva feeds on Alder Buckthorn (Frangula alnus) and Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica),
in more southern countries the first generation feeds mainly on Holly (Ilex aquifolium),
but the second generation uses a range of foodplants.

Canon EOS-1D Mark III
1/1250s f/8.0 at 180.0mm iso500 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original
Peter Ericsson13-May-2011 00:24
Nice one!
Cliff10-May-2011 07:21
A beautifully composed shot Esa, he better watch out for that spider.
lou_rozensteins10-May-2011 03:02
A beautiful shot. Very well done.
Pierre09-May-2011 22:53
Une image exceptionnelle sur un fond fantastique! V
Janet Forjan-Freedman09-May-2011 10:49
The details, colours and pose from the butterfly are all perfect!
Sonja Ross09-May-2011 10:45
Nice setting for the Holly Blue.
Torben Jorgensen09-May-2011 07:27
Perfect shot of the "Wood Bluebird" as we call it. Pleasing background.
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