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Small Copper

Small Copper
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-28 14:05
Viewed: 4432
Points: 44
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Hello All

this last days , i have again problems with internet connection, a few times in the evening, i am suddenly disconected from internet, and often just before i valid a critique, so i must restart my computer and also re-wright the critique,
i have also another prblem, the site TN is very slow, sometimes i must wait a few minutes before i can open photo, yesterday, i can't not open one photo, i have try more then one hour without success, i am curious to know if other members have the same problem or only me
today, it's better,

this is a photo from my archives, i must wait still a few weeks for have new butterfly shots
the white petals are perhaps a bit too bright but it was a great sunny day

Lycaena phlaeas
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The upperside forewings are a bright orange with a dark outside edge border and with eight or nine black spots. The hindwings are dark with an orange border. Some females also have a row of blue spots inside the orange border and are known as form caeruleopunctata. The undersides are patterned in a similar way but are paler. The black spots on the forewings are outlined in yellow and the dark colouring is replaced by a pale brownish, gray. The hindwings are the same brown/grey colour with small black dots and a narrow orange border. The caterpillars (larvae) are usually green, but some have a purple stripe down the middle of the back and along each side.


It is widespread and common across Europe, Asia, and North America, and also found in North Africa south through to Ethiopia.
It can be found almost anywhere in south/central England and Wales although never, it seems, in large numbers. Its distribution becomes more patchy in northern England, Scotland and Ireland.


It is found in a wide variety range of habitats from chalk downlands, heathland, woodland clearings to churchyards and waste ground in cities.


In bright sun it is a very active little butterfly with the males setting up small territories which they will defend vigorously against rival males or indeed any unlucky passing insect. Even the shadow of a large bird passing overhead is enough to get him going. Females are pursued mercilessly and mating usually occurs low down in vegetation.

Life cycle

The eggs are laid singly and conspicuously on the upperside of foodplant leaves and the young caterpillar feeds on the underside of the leaf creating "windows" by leaving the upper epidermis of the leaf untouched. Pupation takes place in the leaf litter and the pupa is thought to be tended by ants. There are between two and three broods a year, fewer further north. In exceptionally good years, a fourth brood sometimes occurs in the south and adults can still be seen flying into November. The species overwinters as a caterpillar.


Depending on the habitat, Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) are the two main food-plants, although other Docks (Rumex spp.) are occasionally used.

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2011-02-28 14:28]

Hi Jacqueline !
The excellent Small Copper photo, good natural colours and the nice composition.
We are neighbours today.
I am greeting

Hallo Jacqueline,
belle photo en macro de Cuivré commun, une netteté parfaite, blanc légèrement surexposé, très jolie composition
Merci et félicitations
Bonne nuit

Hallo jacqueline,
Good Point of view and natural colours for this beautiful butterfly.
Thank for sharing
Best Regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-02-28 14:53]

Hello Jacqueline,
A very nice macro shot of a small copper from excellent POV.The colors,sharpness and composition are good.TFS.

Ciao Jacqueline. Good POV in difficult light's conditions. Very good colours.


Hi Jacqueline,
perfect point of view, great composition. I like these natural colours. Clear and peaceful background,
thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-28 15:59]
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Salut Jacqueline.Quel courage essayer une prise de vue comme ca..et quel excellent resultat! Les details sont parfaits partout,couleurs tres naturelles aussi.Seulement la lumiere est un peu trop forte....mais c'etait pas facile au dessous du soleil et avec un fleur blanc..ehehe...merci de partager et bonne nuit.....Luciano

bonjour Jacqueline

une belle photo de ce papillon sur sa fleur, j'aime le POV qui est de face,
belle lumière, excellent focus netteté et détails, si tu aurais pu
allé chercher des détails sur les pétales blanches la photo
aurait été encore meilleure, TFS


Pleasant bright image taken from interesting point of view dear Jacqueline Schnepp. Amazing shallow depth of field superb natural colors and notes indeed! Lovely presentation in one word!
George Veltchev

Hello Jacqueline,

A lovely scene with a strong sense of summer!
Even if we have a wonderful sunny winter morning today, I have to admit I'm looking forward to summer hehehe...
This is a fine close-up with great details in the butterfly, as seen on the pleasantly blurred back!

Pablo -

hello Jacqueline, nice lighting scene and photo, your composition with the bleary BG is very beautiful, fine natural colors!
TFS Nasos

Hello Jacqueline, a good image with a particular viewpoint. Good colors and background. All the best, Paul

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-03-01 5:26]

Hi Jacqueline.
Very attractive face-to-face picture of a cute butterfly. Pictured plant with buds and blossoming flowers is great stage for this creature. Combination of the sharpness and blurriness is excellent. TFS and best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-01 6:11]

Hello Jacqueline,
a very beautiful copper staring at the lens. The sharpness of the head is wonderful. You have composed a good blurry background and the scenery is pleasant.
Well seen in good details too.


hello Jacqueline
thanks and this is a nice compo with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-03-01 9:57]

Bonjuor Jacqueline,
Small Copper is a different composition ..
Natural green colours and excellent POV.
Best wishes,

Ciao Jacqueline, difficult light but wonderful macro of lovely little butterfly on beautiful flower, fine details, splendid natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, brava, ciao Silvio

Hello Jacqueline,
Maybe the petals are a little too bright, as you say, but I am not quite sure that I agree with you. The butterfly does not have its wings open and exposed to maximum effcet to the camera. But, you know what? This is a very beautiful image indeed. Well done, Jacqueline.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-06 7:36]

Hello Jacqueline,
A fine capture of a Small Copper butterfly taken from an interesting frontal POV with excellent sharpness and natural colours. The composition on the composite flower against the blurred BG is great too.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-03-06 16:10]

Olá Jacqueline bela imagem boa composição e nitidez exelente parabéns.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-03-06 18:18]

Hello Jacqueline,
I haven't been on site as much as I would like to lately because of time, so I can't answer your question about the problems you have been experiencing. I do know that a few months ago I had the same type of problems trying to log on.

That said, I must say I really like your butterfly photo, because it is something completely different then what we are used to seeing. The frontal pose gives us a different perspective of this pretty little Copper. You captured excellent detail and the colors are true and natural. Well done!!

Hello Jaqueline,

that's a long time ago!
Nice image from this little copper on the flower.
Unusal but good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors...
Yes internet probles, i have been bought a new router.


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