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Lycaena tityrus subalpinus.

Lycaena tityrus subalpinus.
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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: 2007-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lycaenidae Butterflies, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-07 4:57
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Lycaena tityrus subalpinus (Speyer, 1851)

Sooty Copper
Brauner Feuerfalter
Dansk Guldvinge
Sort Ildfugl
Bruine vuurvlinder
Czerwończyk uroczek
Ohniváčik čiernoškvrnný
Ohniváček černoskvrnný
Cuivré fuligineux
Manto oscuro

Family: Lycaenidae (Blues)

Wing span: 28 - 32mm

Distributed from Northern Spain, France, Italy, through Central Europe, Eastern Europe from Lithuania to Greece, Turkey, temperate Asia to the Altai, the butterfly may be seen in two generations in April/May, and July/August from the lowlands up to 1500m. The species prefers grassland locations rich with flowers, and does not seem to be common.

Subspecies subalpinus as shown is uniformly drab coloured in both sexes, lacking the orange submarginal spots and the female’s orange upper sides of wings. It will be met on climatically protected alpine meadows between 1200m and 2500m above sea level in the Pyrenees, French, Swiss, Italian, Austrian, and Bavarian Alps.

With its close relatives showing powerful red or blue signalling colours in the male sex, it is remarkable to note that this species apparently has chosen to manage its communication between males and females in a way other than sending visual signals – possibly emitting scents which is done by many blues that can be seen rubbing their wings to trigger their scenting scales. But it could as well be possible that there are structural scales on L. tityrus’ wings that are reflecting colours in the ultraviolet range of the spectre that are simply invisible for human eyes. I think that some little zoological research on this might be of interest.

Caterpillars feed on Rumex scutatus.

The nominal lowlands species Lycaena tityrus (Poda, 1761) has been presented here before:

Underside of wings.

The Location: Nisslalm, Gries im Sulztal, Tyrol, at an elevation of 2050m.

The camera:
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, zoom setting 17mm tele macro (equivalent 100mm at full size SLR), F/4.5, 1/250 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 01.07.2007, 15:33.

Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized for web presentation, resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.


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

Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.

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

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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Great image of Sooty Copper, Peter.
The details and colours are marvellous.
The angle of exposure creates a powerful composition with the butterfly perched on a shapely blade of grass.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and best regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-07 5:24]

Hi, dear Peter.
I am impressed with shooting distance (I have remembered your comments very well.) When I had only one macro lens with minimal focusing distance 15 cm the process of shooting was really a kind of sport. Later I have began to prefer another distance, significantly more longer. It so difficult to come so close to tiny butterfly. You have done it skillfully. And the result is so impressive. Details of your butterfly pictures the most amazing among TN gallery. I don't speak about composition, lights and colours. These components at your shots are breathtaking. My heart wishes and regards.

I amazed at how close you got to these wary little things, very impressive photo!

hello peter,
your butterfly shots are always very special due to your different approach and i really like your pov here, well composed shot, sharp image with good details, the light passing through the wings look beautiful,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Peter,
An excellent shot on this Sooty Cooper. There little guys are far more work to get a good shot of them. Great job here. Well composed and framed. Spot on exposure has the colors and detail looking amazing.

A beauty!


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-07 7:37]

Wonderful macro! Great detail and color

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-07 8:02]

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful composition showing this Sooty Copper in a fine pose on a grass. The light is beautiful, details very sharp and colours natural. I like the soft background too. Very fine capture!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Bonjour Peter
Très belle prise, magnifique attitude du sujet, belle couleurs et netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hello Peter,
this is a super close up of this beautiful Copper!
Exposure and focus is spot on! perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well done and well composed
my compliment!

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-10-07 11:16]

Hello Peter,
What a fantastic composition, my compliments.

Fabulosa macro amigo Peter.
Unos detalles estupendos acompañados de una extensa nota bastante útil.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-10-07 12:02]

Hi Peter,
First, thanks for your support!
About this photo : You are a miracle maker! This picture is so real (probably not sharper in real life)!!! :-)
Very beautiful natural colours and amazing light manage and DOF! A GREAT SHOT!
Thanks, for sharing,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-10-07 12:49]

This little Alpine Sooty Copper looks really big... Great capture Peter, very sharp and detailed. It's an excellent capture,

Hello Peter the sharp details are just superb a fine pov and a good dof with little distraction very nice macro rgds Necip.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-07 13:55]

Perfect PoV -- an intimate portrait, it seems.
Great composition and all the other technical things are intact -- I love it because it has a real delicacy

Hi Peter,
I don't know how you do it, but you amaze me every time I open your pictures!
It's so good the lighting, POV and superb details got on the buterfly and the leaves around.
The artistic quality it's so enjoyable.
You really mastered the Sony H5.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-08 1:06]
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Hallo Peter,
Wir mussten ja ziemlich gedulden um den schönen Bläuling zu sehen! Aber so eine reichhaltige Post braucht Zeit. Ein typisches "Stoeckl_Bild" ,würde ich sagen. Deine Handschrift ist offenbar. Ich muss die Qualitäten nicht mehr unterstreichen, sie sind evident. Ich möchte nur noch danken für all die Auskünfte und Workshopbilder über diesen Braunen Feuerfalter. Besser als in jedem Schmetterlingsbuch.
Herzliche Grüsse nach Wien

Hello Peter,
What I can say? maybe: again the splendi picture of butterfly? Maybe: another great lesson of entomology with special regards to Lepidoptera? Maybe: great shot from the technical point of view? Or - the best - all these thing in one time :) Once again you prooved that macro photography is not only your passion but also a profession :)
My friendly regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-10-08 13:24]

Hi Peter,
Really good pov, approach, details and composition. A wonderful image!
TFS and best regards,
José M.

Hello Peter,
Very nice shot well composed with great colors and details on the butterfly, I like the BG also
very well done

Hi Peter,
diese kleinen Kerlchen sind wunderschön - ich hatte auch das Glück einen am Gardasee zu sehen. Die blauen Härchen sind so wuschelig und die Pose mit den geöffneten Flügeln sehr hübsch, vielen Dank und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Peter, what a fabulous macro-shot, focus and deeph of field are excellent, lovely natural soft colors and splendid background, the excellent point of view show us many details on the head
well done and thanks for sharing

Hola Peter, un gran encuadre y mucha profundidad como es habitual en tus fotografías.
El enfoque a la cabeza es casi perfecto. Preciosa toma.

Un saludo: J. Ignasi

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-20 15:54]

Hello Peter,
Wow! Amazing close-up. Very nice composition with the grass baleds, excellent details enabling identifictaion and professional nore.
In one word - excellent.
Best greetings from Poland!

Hello Peter,
Very sharp macro shot. The moth just look to be posing for you. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-23 12:52]

What a beautiful, amazing and wonderful capture!!
Fantastic close-up with excellent details and a beautiful composition.
I had never seen this kind of tityrus.
Thank you very much for sharing such a valuable thing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-23 20:38]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful one. Very impressive sharpness and lovely colours. Superb back-lighting, exposure and BG. Excellent POV to capture this classic pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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