Adonis Blue by fbailey

Adonis Blue

It's a boy! Managed to catch him between this afternoon's showers. I thought he was a Common Blue but Miseria has kindly identified him as an Adonis Blue which can be found on chalk downland in Kent.
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Glad you captured him. He is beautiful.
August 18th, 2017  
This is a really lovely picture!

It also might not be so common after all! The black bits in the wing edges means it might likely be an Adonis blue which are much rarer! :D
August 18th, 2017  
@gijsje Thank you!
August 18th, 2017  
@miseria Thanks very much for the fav, and the information! I'm not particularly knowledgeable about butterflies so have to take a guess sometimes. Am so pleased he's not as common as I thought. The local nature reserve has so many of these little critters on a calm day. Sadly the past few days when I've actually had a camera and/or a zoom lens, it's either been really windy or raining!
August 18th, 2017  
Really lovely, never seen one of these.
August 18th, 2017  
Lovely Ive never seen one either fav
August 18th, 2017  
@fbailey That's always how it goes! I am always after dragonflies that always seem to get away from me, or appear when the camera is in the bag, has the wrong lens or is not with me. Then the days I plan to go it's suddenly raining or something else comes up!

Blue butterflies are one of the more tricky ones! The wing edges being "unbroken" white means it's a common blue...unless it's a Silver Studded blue (which look basically the same with a slight variation of course). With black lines (like your example) means it's either an Adonis Blue, or Chalk Hill blue (which have thicker black edges and are paler and bigger), though individual variations sometimes kind of blur into each other (and that's just the males)! So really being definite is rather difficult at times. But chalk areas are the best places to find them (and of course the Chalk Hill Blue just to be difficult)! :D
August 18th, 2017  
Nice catch looks very delicate :)
August 18th, 2017  
@miseria Dragonflies are on my wish list - haven't seen one for a long time sadly.

I'll try and get some more shots of these little blue chaps - they are small and the underside of their wings are heavily spotted. Will post some as soon as I can get a decent picture, and thank you again!
August 18th, 2017  
@carole_sandford @dawnee @rjb71 Thanks very much for commenting, apologies for my lack of knowledge about the subject!
August 18th, 2017  
Beautiful
August 19th, 2017  
Sounds like that's an uncommon little critter you've captured here. Great work.
August 19th, 2017  
What a gorgeous butterfly.
August 19th, 2017  
beautiful image ...love your focus, DOF, and the brown tones with the little blue butterfly
August 19th, 2017  
Wow, that's impressive.
August 19th, 2017  
Beautiful. Well caught. Fav
August 19th, 2017  
Beautiful capture :)
August 19th, 2017  
Great find, beautifully captured
August 19th, 2017  
Fab.
August 19th, 2017  
Love your title..beautiful capture
August 19th, 2017  
Lovely capture :)
August 19th, 2017  
Beautiful colour
August 19th, 2017  
Beautiful colour 😊
August 19th, 2017  
A really beautiful photograph. I love the way the blue stands out against the gold. Fav
August 19th, 2017  
A great capture of this beautiful butterfly.
August 19th, 2017  
@joansmor @golftragic @randystreat @lynnz @peadar @robinm @hermann @suzanne234 @nickspicsnz @brennieb @merrelyn @salza @bigmxx @megpicatilly @pyrrhula Thank you so much, I certainly didn't expect this sort of response to this little blue butterfly - really appreciate your comments:)
August 19th, 2017  
Lovely shot of this rare butterfly,
August 20th, 2017  
Beautiful...Fav
August 20th, 2017  
@ziggy77 @tonygig Many thank yous!
August 20th, 2017  
So pretty and soft! Love the tones and pop of blue. Fav!
August 21st, 2017  
Beautiful capture.
August 21st, 2017  
Nice capture.beautiful butterfly
August 21st, 2017  
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