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Lycaena Phlaeas

Lycaena Phlaeas
Photo Information
Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-25
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ticino Park Wildlife [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-05 15:38
Viewed: 2657
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks at JIGNASI for the name of this butterfly.

The Small Copper or the Common Copper, Lycaena phlaeas. is a butterfly of the Lycaenids or Blues family.

common and widespread little butterfly easily identifiable in the UK. (There are similar species in continental Europe). 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 pattenered 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 larva varies in colour, usually green but sometimes with a purple stripe down the middle of the back and along each side.

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.It is found in a wide variety range of habitats from chalk downlands, heathland, woodland clearings to churchyards and waste ground in cities and 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 widespread and common across Europe, Asia and North America, and also found in North Africa.Depending on the habitat Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) are the two main foodplants although other Docks (Rumex) species are occasionally used. The eggs are laid singly on the underside of foodplant leaves and the young larvae 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 the further north you go. In exceptionally good years a fourth brood sometimes occurs in the south and adults can still be seen flying into November. The butterfly overwinters as a larva.

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Hola Luciano, si no voy errado creo que es Lycaena Phlaeas; a ver si nos lo confirma alguno más experto que yo.
Muy buena luz y excelente enfoque. Magnífica.

Saludos: J. Ignasi

excelent macro photo, nice color and sharpnes

Hi Luciano.
Great capture of this exuberant butterfly!
Excellent sharpness and colors.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Well done!
Best regards,
José Roberto

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2007-11-05 23:08]

Bonjour Luciano,

Encore une très belle prise. Très belles couleurs, netteté parfaite. Excellent ! J'aime bien aussi les touches de rouge-orangé en arrière-plan.
Bonne journée,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-06 0:53]

Hello Luciano,
Very nice and sharp picture with great natural colors and great exposure.
like the POV also!

oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! quelle merveilleuse image, de tres belles couleurs, bonne posture de l'insecte, excellent bg et de tres bons détails
bravo++++et merci

hello luciano,
nice capture of the butterfly, sharp image with good details, excellent dof, lovely colours, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

...caspiterina,e' talmente nitida che si vedono le sopracciglie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
grande macro Luciano...

tfs sERGIO

Ciao Luciano, bella e ben definita, grande composizione piena degli splendidi colori di primavera, domenica ho provato a fotografare le farfalle nella nebbia, ma non c'erano neanche i gorilla, mi è rimasta solo la nebbia, ma quella te la lascio volentieri, non sono invidioso:)
Ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-07 3:36]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent capture of the Small Copper from a nice POV. All in focus showing fine details and beautiful natural colours. I like the background too! The rule in photography is often to place an object a bit off-centre so more space in front of the butterfly and less behind would be even better. Even so a very well done.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Luciano
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,exposure and POV,Welldone.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-07 6:09]

Hi Luciano,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly with such sharp details and colours on its wings. The harsh lighting is handled perfectly and the DOF is precise. Excellent POV to capture this classical pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Bonjour Luciano,
Tu as réussi une splendide photo. j'admire tout, la netteté, les couleurs, la position, et biensur le papillon
Merci beaucoup

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-12 14:06]

Hello Luciano,
This photo is very beautiful! AMAZING SHARPNESS and wonderful vivid colours on this lovely butterfly. BG with these red (or orange) flowers is a delight! Great shot Luciano :-)


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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2007-12-05 13:08]

ciao Luciano, bellissima immagine con bei colori e motlo chiara, bravo

Hello Luciano

Great macro of this butterfly, with fine POV
in the same time showing its habitat in the
blurred background, very beautiful soft light,
great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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