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Common Blue; Dos puntos

Polyommatus icarus


Common blue, female. Butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. The wingspan is 28–36 mm. It is a very variable butterfly. Male uppersides are an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown above with of red spots along the edges and usually some blue at the base of the wings; the upperside may be mostly blue but it always has red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and a more brownish in the females. Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings and extending onto the forewings, though they are generally fainter there, particularly in the males, where they are sometimes missing altogether. There are about a dozen black-centered white spots on the hindwings, nine on the forewings


Dry grassland, evergreen oak forest


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/160 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on May 16, 2014
Submitted on Jun 26, 2014


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