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Lycaena phlaeas

Lycaena phlaeas
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-26 0:06
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Another picture from my "Dagonfly-day" at the lakes - but a butterfly this time. It was at the lake of Jaegerthal. I had stopped the car, and I had barely walked some steps when I saw this beautiful little thing on a flower, not far away. Only when I was finished with this one did I turn to the Dragon- and Damselflies.

It is (I suppose) a butterfly belonging to the species Lycaena phlaeas , a Small Copper in English. They are quite common on hot and sunny days, in our Alsacian meadows.

This butterfly is widespread and common across Europe, Asia and North America, and it can also be found in North Africa. 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.

The eggs are laid singly on the underside 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.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-26 0:22]

Hello Valerie.
A fine close up of the Butterfly. You have captured fine detail and natural colours. You have captured the markings so well, a nice POV. well done TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Hi there Valerie,

I love this shot. Very good macro photography. Great close-up shot of this butterfly, very good detail, good composition and colours, very well done.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-26 1:43]

Hello Valerie
Excellent capture with sharp details and vivid colors.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-05-26 1:45]

fine capture, excellent colors and lighting. a vertical frame would have been much better. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10650)
  • [2009-05-26 2:32]

Bonjour Valerie,
Tiny butterflies and flowers, beautiful composition ...
Good depth of field and lighting used.
Very nice details and colors.
Best wishes,

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-26 3:28]

Hello Valerie,

Excellent macro shot of this butterfly. The POV and composition is brilliant. I love the details, they are nice and clear. good sharpness and lighting. The DOF is good with a nice OOF BG to add contrast to the image. TFS.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-26 3:44]

Hi valerie,
such a special and lovely shot.
Great light that gives great clarity and sharpness.
well composed of this beautiful butterfly.
I love its simple presentation but very effective.


Ciao valerie,
très belle prise, les couleurs sont fantastiques, très bonne netteté.
Merci et félicitations

hello Valerie
super composition with great sharpness and good details
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Valerie, lovely little butterfly on wonderful daisy, fantastic colors, good details and splendid sharpness, 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)
  • [2009-05-26 6:41]

Hello Valérie,
A fine capture of this common little butterfly.
This is taken from a fine POV to show the half-open wings with excellent sharpness so that both surfaces of the wings are well shown. Nicely composed on the Ox-eye daisy flower against a fine OOF natural BG.
Thanks and best regards,

This is a professional job, Valerie.
The Small Copper perched daintily on that lovely Daisy has a three-dimensional look to it. Both sides of its wings look glorious with those fine details and colours on them.
The bokeh BG complements the subject admirably well.
Well done and thanks for sharing this delightful picture.

hello Balerie
very good management of light and the colours shine,beautiful composition
and finally a very good scene,and photo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-26 10:48]

Hello Valerie,
What a beauty! The colours are very refreshing and clear. Excllent sharp details in butterfly and flower. Beautiful OOF BG, DOF, composition and POV.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-26 11:27]

Hi Valerie.
Outstanding and very impressive picture of an amazing scene. Charming butterfly on a beautiful flower is looked perfectly. I am impressed at clearness and beautifulness of the colours as well as the precise exposure of the image so much. DOF is stunning and sharpness of the scene is great. BG is also brilliant. My congratulations and TFS.

bonjour Valerie

une très belle photographie du papillon avec sa jolie fleur,
superbe POV, DOF et cadrage, très belle luminosité et tonalité
des couleurs, les high-light de l'image ne sont pas brulé,
excellente maniement de la caméra (composition),
superbe focus avec d'excellente netteté et détails,
j'aime le flou du background, TFS


Salut Val
superbe photo de ce mignon petit papillon posé sur cette jolie marguerite
les détails sont stupéfiants, la composition parfaite
La belle luminosité donne un effet magnifique à la photo
Du bon travail

salut Val!
content de te revoir!
et bien la on peut dire que c est parfait!
de belles couleurs un BG splendide un cadrage et un focus impecable! que dire de plus a part que c est une merveille!!
merci pour ton partage a tres bientot

Hi my dear friend Val,
Stunningly perfect capture of this beautiful l'il beauty with superb details, nice POV/DOF and finecomposition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • bubinu (40)
  • [2009-05-29 0:58]

Hi Valerie,
A really nice capture of this wonderful butterfly on the daisy.
Great lighting and sharpness makes this macro shot a winner!
Lovely composition.
Well done.

Francis Xavier

Suoerb shot, Valerie!
The details and the POV you've chosen bring out the beauty more!
Very well done!

Hello Valerie,
Excellent shot of beautiful Lycaena phlaeas. I like the POV & perfect details of the butterfly. TFS

Ciao Valerie. Very good sharp for this little and coloured princess. Good POV:


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-06-01 13:51]
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Hi Valerie,
Beautiful close up of this butterfly.Vivid colors,DOF,BG and composition are perfect.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-02 11:50]

Hola Valerie,
hermosa iluminación,
finos colores y nitidez...
excelente calidad de tu trabajo,

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 422] (1639)
  • [2009-06-22 11:44]

Hello Valerie
greats the vivid colors of the composition. The Lycaena is perfectly in focusing with little daisy on a soft colors background giving depth of the photo. Optimal contrast and clear details with an excellent game of lights and shadows.

Valerie, bonsoir.

Quelle belle photographie de Lycaena phlaeas.

Belle composition de la photographie, avec un cadre bien rempli. Belle position du papillon, légèrement excentré et capturant le regard. Très belle capture de la lumière et du jeu des ombres du papillon sur sa fleur. La netteté et la profondeur de champ son parfaites.

Merci de nous faire partager cette prise de vue.

A bientôt pour d'autres photographies


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