Photographer's Note

COMMON BLUE BUTTERFLY (Polyommatus icarus)
common by name reasonably common in fact found through-out the UK because it`s plant food are members of the pea and bean family mainly the the Vetches and clovers.The male which this is has metalic blue tops to the wing which makes them difficult to get a clean open wing picture , the female comes in 2 forms , normal is brown with orange markings round the edge, there is also a blue winged form which still has the orange spots that the male does not.They over winter as caterpillars which then have a quick extra feed up as it warms up in the spring before pupatae at the base of the food plants. it is possible for there to be several generations in a year with each adult living for about 3 weeks. There are 13 other types of Blues found in the UK some are very rare so not often seen.
I was lucky with this one its been a very over cast day here looked like rain but we had a few gaps in the clouds so it came out to warm-up and was prepared to sit there while I took its.
(Have posted to work shop him with open wings) picture.
saturation +8
sharpen edges
Burntool to the front blue edge to wing where the metal sheene had over exposed a little. Crop image to size and adjust file size with save for web down to below 200K (194K)

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Additional Photos by Robert Brown (RobBrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 389 W: 57 N: 304] (1797)
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