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Lycaena phlaeas

Lycaena phlaeas
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Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Mora Close-up 58mm +4
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies, Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite, Beautiful Butterflies Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-26 5:05
Viewed: 4283
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
another little butterfly from family Lycaenidae.
In Workshop I send different view on his underside wing.
Great day,Milos.

Wingspan: 26 - 36mm

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
/Ohniváček černokřídlý/

Range stable.
The Small Copper is usually seen in ones and twos, but in some years large numbers may be found at good sites. Males are territorial, often choosing a piece of bare ground or a stone on which to bask and await passing females. They behave aggressively towards any passing insects, returning to the same spot when the chase is over.
Though it remains a common and widespread species, the Small Copper declined throughout its range during the twentieth century.

European/world range
Widespread and common throughout most of Europe including all larger Mediterranean islands. It occurs in North Africa and across Asia to Japan, and also in North America. Stable in most European countries.

Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and Sheep's Sorrel (R. acetosella) are the main foodplants. Broad-leaved Dock (R. obtusifolius) may occasionally be used.

It occurs in a wide variety of habitats: chalk grassland, moorland, heathland, coastal dunes and undercliffs, woodland clearings, and unimproved grassland. This species may be found also in small patches of land such as set-aside fields, roadside verges, railway embankments, allotments, churchyards, and waste ground, even in cities. Warm, dry situations are especially favoured.
(source: www.butterfly-guide.co.uk)

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hello milos,
this butterfly has been captured with great asthetics, liked the pov and the rich colours very much, the image is sharp with lovely details, nice dof,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Absolute beauty - wonderful colors and great position on the flower...good focus and sharpness. :)

Hello Milos
Very nice shot of this Small Copper,
Great lighting,details and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV,Welldone.

Good luck

Hello Milos,
Two beautiful images you did upload today.
Because background in the one you did upload as WS is not that busy as the above one, I like that one more.
The right side of the original one with the light colored flower in the background does not add to the image in my opinion and is leading the eye of the main subject a little.
Nevertheless this is a beautiful image as the one in the WS.
Sharpness, colors, exposure and clarity are great while details are most wonderful.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

Hi Milos. Good compostion and great colour...dof just right and nice detail. Best, Brat.

Hello Milos,
Lively colors. Razor sharp image. POV and composition are great. Very well done.

Beautiful macro shot with superb composition and pov,great sharpness with marvellous colours.
well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-26 7:54]

Hi Milos,
What a wonderful capture of the Small Copper in a fine pose and against a very nice green background. Great sharpness, beautiful light and lovely natural colours. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Amazing close up rich in colors and details.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-26 11:04]

Hi Milos,

The butterfly is beautiful but the way you captured it on the lovely little flowers makes it spectacular. Wonderful colors and details and a marvelous composition. I liked the workshop showing the contrast of the two sides of the wings.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-26 12:20]

Hi Milos. this is an excellent shot. the detail is very good with bright colours.you have used the light well. you have captured the markings so well. a nice POV. very well done TFs.

Hi Milos,
This is an outstanding capture!
I like so much the high quality and sharpness of the image, and that vivid colours on the insect's wings.
It's pretty good the exposure settings used, the DOF is very appropriate to enjoy all the subject in focus.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-07-26 22:57]

Tout en netteté. Bravo.
Bonne journée.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-27 0:38]

Hi Milos,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Small Copper. Such vibrant colours and patterns on its wings with immaculate sharpness. The focus and lighting are superb. Among the white flowers it sits majestically and the OOF BG compliments the subjects. Excellent POV and the diagonal composition looks nice here. Kudos.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-27 0:44]

Hi Milos,
It's a very crisp sharp image with very good focus, lighting, POV, colors and composition. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-27 2:54]

Hi Milos,
an excellent shot of this Small Copper.
Very sharp and detailed.
Excellent colours.
Well done,

Hola Milos,
Preciosa imagen de esta pequeña y bella mariposa, gran nitidez, el posadero y los colores son muy bonitos, la luz y el fondo magníficos, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Wonderful color and sharp details from this POV makes this a pleasure to view
Best wishes,

Hi Milos, splendid Lycaena with wonderful colors, excellent composition with great sharpness and lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-27 7:22]

Hello Milos,
Very nice capture of a Small Copper taken from a fine POV and with good DOF resulting in almost complete sharpness and an excellent OOF natural BG. First class composition on the umbelliferous flower too.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Milos !
This is a splendid picture ! I love everything here : the sharp details, the vivid colors, the wonderful composition, the blurred BG, the pose of the b'fly with the wigs wide open... The blurred flower in the BG is also nice, because it is filling up the empty space without distractng us from the b'fly. Very well done !

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-27 8:48]

Hello Milos,
This is a beautiful photo. Great composition combining perfectly exposued flowers and butterfly with deep, rich colors. The details on butterfly are amazing. Your level of sharpness is so precise with perfect antennas! Very nice!

Lovely image Milos.
Wonderfully sharp focus and sweet composition with the white flowers and blurred BG.
Well done.

Hello Milos!
I love this! The butterfly is so beautiful, and love the little white flowers in the photo , great dof, its now one of my favs! TFS

Wonderful capture my friend!POV,sharpness,colors,BG and composition are excellent! Take care Ana:)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-28 4:51]

hello Milos,
Very striking picture of the Small Copper. Excellent composition and sharpness. Thanks also to show the underwings on your workshop picture. Again a wonderful butterfly-picture from you. Thanks a lot

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-28 15:36]

Hola Milos,
sesacional macro,
los colores y el pov,
excelente bello trabajo,

Hi my dear friend Milos ,
excellent shot. it has wonderful colours.i like this sharpness and BG.
A perfect shot from my friend , Milos .
thanks for sharing
my best wishes

Hello Milos,
In addition to being a very good macro shot, I notice the pleasant colour palette making the whole frame very attractive to my eyes!
Superb details in the butterfly, great patterns and fine natural colours!
Pablo -

Hello Milos,
A beautiful image of this beautiful butterfly, impressive sharpness details, point of view and composition are excellent, perfect depth of field and lovely colours, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

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