|Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat)
|Date Taken: 2018-04-06|
|Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V|
|Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2018-04-07 16:08|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Species: C. rubi
The Green Hairstreak is a small butterfly, which is still widespread across most of the UK, although many colonies have been lost in recent years. Widespread across Europe and North Africa and eastwards through Asia well into Siberia. The upperside is a uniform dull brown with two paler patches on the male's forewings made up of scent scales. The undersides are a bright green with a thin white line, often reduced to a faint row of dots or even missing altogether. They never rest with their wings open.
It has what is probably one of the largest range of foodplants of any British butterfly. Early butterfly collectors thought that the only foodplant was Bramble (blackberry) Rubus fruticosus hence its scientific name, but as its habits became better understood the list grew and will probably continue to do so. Depending on the habitat it will use Common Rock Rose Helianthemum nummularium, Bird's-foot trefoil Lotus corniculatus, Gorse Ulex europaeus, Broom Cytisus scoparius, Dyer's Greenweed Genista tinctoria, Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus, Dogwood Cornus sanguinea, Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica, Cross-leaved Heath Erica tetralix and Bramble. This range of foodplants means that it is able to use a range of habitats including chalk downland, heathland, moorland and woodland. The eggs are laid singly and the caterpillars are green with yellow markings along the back. Like other members of the family they are rather sluglike. They are not known to be tended by ants like some lycid larvae but the pupae, which are formed at ground level, emit squeaks which attract ants and it is thought that ants will always bury any that are found. Green Hairstreaks overwinter as pupae and have one brood a year.
Callophrys rubi (Linnaeus 1758) Tecla del rovo.
Questo bel licenide è caratterizzato da una livrea superiormente bruna, cui contrasta il verde delle parti inferiori. Le ali posteriori mostrano, di sotto, una serie non sempre completa di piccoli punti bianchi postdiscali. Breve accenno di appendici caudali.
Dalle crisalidi svernanti, in aprile emergono gli adulti che daranno luogo ad una sola generazione. I bruchi sono corti e verdi, con due linee di disegni obliqui verdi-giallastri; la testa è bruna, retrattile. Frequentano Leguminose, sia arbustacee come Cytisus o erbacee come Lotus; altre piante larvali sono le eriche, l'alaterno e il rovo.
Vastissimo l'areale: dall'Europa alla Siberia ed oltre; presente anche in Nordafrica. Diffusa ovunque in Italia, dalla pianura ai 2500 m.
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Mind blowing capture of this tiny butterfly, Luciano.
Amazing details, especially of the hair.
The overall green ambience is very pleasing to the eye.
Very interesting species, I've never seen it in live, however, literature says it's a common species in Hungary. Photographically, your photo's fantastic, you used the lights very well, and the composition's a pleasant off-centered one. Well blurred background as well to help to gain the attention on to the butterfly only. Brilliant work, bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László
Les feuilles aident au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Thècle de la ronce, La netteté est très bonne. La lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.
Ciao Luciano, una delle farfalline più difficili da fotografare, con quel verde che spara, al solito te la sei cavata alla grande, macro perfetta con dettagli super e colori fantastici, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
Just continue your technique to capture such butterfly pictures against such perfect background. Nothing to say...
What a great wildlife documentary image, excellent note and presentation well done LUCIANO GOLLINI
- [2018-04-10 11:16]
Excellent image of Callophrys rubi, very nice composition, excellent hardness and details, nice blurring BG.
- [2018-04-16 11:14]
Different green shades on this composition in which the DoF is quite favorable.
Top quality as usual.