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Scarce Copper.

Scarce Copper.
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 7, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-21 13:09
Viewed: 4157
Points: 50
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Scarce Copper.

Alpine meadows in early summer are butterfly paradise. Species that have been called "scarce" in the lowlands can be met in abundance there, such as the Scarce Fiery Copper in the meadows of the Rofen Valley above Vent, at an elevation of 2050 meters above sea level. When you go there in the early morning or late afternoon, you may be happy to see dozens of fiery red blinking jewels sitting in the grass next to your path.

The butterfly:

Heodes virgaureae (Linnaeus, 1758),
the male.

Scarce Copper,
Vitfläckig Guldvinge,
Argo verga d’oro,
Argus Satiné,
Manto de Oro,
Czerwończyk dukacik,
Ohniváčik zlatobyľový,
Ohniváček celíkový,

Family Lycaenidae (Blues).

Wing span 30 - 35mm.

Only the males of this species show bright golden red iridescent structural colours on the upper side of their wings, obviously a strongly developed signal for intraspecies communication between the sexes.

Females of that species look quite different being much less bright in colour and showing dark spots on the upper side of their wings.

Caterpillars feed on Rumex. Butterflies can be encountered from June to August in one generation.

The species is locally distributed from Portugal and Spain, central and northern Europe, central Asia to Mongolia. Not reported from the UK, northwestern France, the Netherlands, southern Italy. In central Europe, Heodes virgaureae prefers mountain locations, going up to approximately 2000m in the Alps.

The plant:

Senecio doronicum L.
European mountain meadows from 1000 - 3000m above sea level.

The location:

The picture was taken on a mountain meadow in the Tyrol at an elevation of approximately 2050m above sea level in the highest parts of the Oetztal Valley, near the village of Vent.


L.G.Higgins, N.D.Riley: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Verlag Paul Parey, Hamburg und Berlin 1978.

C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.bai.pl/

The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm, F/4, 1/1000 sec., ISO-125; 15.07.2006, 16:28.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, cropped at the sides, slightly sharpened, BG cleaned, downsized to the web.

Hope you enjoy. Thank you for looking.
Have a very good weekend.

jeanpaul, elroyie, phlr, jmp, wallhalla15, thor68, pilonm, sgo, jjcordier, csmnlm, dew77, SkyF, coasties, liziafa, Oz1, firelord, hekcik has marked this note useful
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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2006-07-21 13:13]

Ah ah! Very nicely done. Superb lighting. It seems we have been more or less hunting for the same game lately!

Bonjour Peter
C'est une excellent Prise de vue ! La composition très jolie avec de belles couleurs,ainsi qu'un joli papillon sur une belle fleur et un tres joli BG . Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et merci ....JP

I see that there is a butterfly atack here in TN :) :) :)
Very good picture with beautiful colours and en excellent composition, well done!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-21 13:38]

Wonderful natural colours combination on this photo Peter!
Very good light shade!
The yellow is amaising!
Very good POV and BG!
5* and TFS!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-21 13:43]

Hi Peter,
This is a very good shot: flower and butterfly fully focused and background fully OOF, flower turned down and bf's wings straight up in the air, soft and warm colours, neat image, splendid composition,... Lovely Peter!
TFS, José M.

Hi Peter.
the small Coopers a popular today;-)
Lovely colours, good details and nice compostion.
The POV is very nice.
Well done.

Definitely butterfly day here on TN. And yours is a beautiful shot well illuminated and gorgeous colors and details. :)


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-07-21 15:43]

Oh! Peter! What a fantastic picture! Your pov and composition are lovely to say the least! The nice green blurry bg compliments so well the yellow flower and the insect! The butterfly too participated so well by having that nice position! Excellent picture, Peter and TFS,


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-21 16:07]

The light coming through the wings is stunning. Great shot, wonderful colours and composition

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-21 16:08]

Hello Peter,
Another outstanding butterfly shot. : )
I love your simple butterfly compositions. They are just gorgeous.
Love the back-lit wings (with the beautiful browns) and the pose on the flower.
Sharp details against a pretty blurred BG.
TFS. : )

very beautifull photo shot, and capture and colore;-)

Hallo Peter,
oooohhhh, dieser Falter ist so hübsch, die Flügel sind wie aus Kupfer, sie werden so toll von der Sonne durchleuchtet.
Ein tolles Bild, klasse.
Komme gerade vom Urlaub zurück und freue mich, wieder so viele tolle Bilder hier zu sehen.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-22 1:10]

Mornin' Peter,
This is a gorgeous picture of the L. virg. portrayed on the yellow splendour of this beautiful Senecio (which we don't have in Sweden)! It's a very attractive and harmonious composition with the mild, green background - technically flawless, aesthethically magnificent. Thanks a lot for this valuable contribution and for the informative note.
Wish you a good day,

Very nice shot, Peter! Superb lighting. Very good composition with this nice flower
Best regards

Hi Peter
That is a wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly.Excellent composition and colors. The use of light is great.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-22 6:27]

Hello Peter,
Magnificent close up.POV,lighting,clear details,framing,blurred BG,colors,3D effect and composition are excellent.

Hallo Peter,
wieder so ein "Hammer-Foto". Den Dukatenfalter kenne ich leider auch nur aus Büchern. Heute bin ich hinter den Kleinen Eisvogel und den C-Falter hinterher gejagt. - Nix!!! Das waren wirliche Flattermänner...
Um so schöner ist mal wieder Dein Foto. Eine Augenweide! Wunderbare Farben, erstklassige Schärfe und ein schöner, ruhiger Hintergrund. Gratulation - die Alpen haben Dir wirklich gut bekommen. Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-22 20:30]

Hallo Peter,
eine ganz feine Aufnahme, herrlich wie der Falter von der Sonne bestrahlt wird. Tolle Bildgestaltung mit super Schaerfe und klasse Farben.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-23 2:55]

Bonjour Peter!

Bravo pour la qualitée d'image et la jolie composition.

Hi Peter

Have been out of range for internet connection over the last few days. Been in a remote area of New Zealand called The Catlins, so now it is time for me to catch up on what has been happening.

Excellent shot. Well done on everything here. Thanks. -)


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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-07-23 15:03]

Hi Peter,
A beautifull shot!! colors,details,composition,BG all are perfect!

Hi Peter,
Excellent extreme close up!!!
Sharpness, details just perfect!
Very good colors and DOF.
TFS Malgosia

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-07-25 11:21]

wow, das ist ja wieder ein kleines wunderschönes meisterwerk, peter! :-)
eine einmalige leuchtend-bunte komposition die du uns hier
präsentierst, mit perfekter schärfe und tollen details -
das durchscheinende kupferrot der flügel und das leuchtende
gelb der hübschen blume gefallen mir am besten.
danke & viele grüße, thorsten

Hi Peter,

Excellent shot and great composition.
Very good sharp, colors and exposition.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

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