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Purple Copper

Purple Copper
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-17 9:22
Viewed: 3628
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture shows a species of the so-called Coppers
- Lycaena alciphron
- family: Lycaenidae

English: Purple Copper
German: Violetter Feuerfalter

Other copper species which I found in the vicinity were Lycaena virgaureae and Lycaena tityrus.

Species information
L. alciphron is distributed in Europe (except northern parts of France, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands Scandinavia and large areas of the Iberian Peninsula). Eastwards it extends to Turkey, Iran, southern Siberia and Mongolia.
Usually, it s found very local and it is by far not so common as L. virgaureae,
Foodplant of the caterpillar: Rumex acetosa
Forewing length: 16 - 18 mm.

Lower Martell-Valley, flower-rich meadow in the vicinity of Burgaun, about 1100m

- natural light
- ISO 200
- hand-held

* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Huemer P. (2004) Die Tagfalter Südtirols. - Folio Verlag, Wien - Bozen.
* Higgins LG & Hargreaves (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. Collins, London.

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Hello Peter,

Very good POV! I like as have used the shade that the butterfly's wing projects on the flowers. Is appreciated clearly the naturalness of the colors and the good managed light. The composition also is worthy to celebrate. Good work, the note is very good, useful and concise.



Hello Peter,
a superb macro shot of the Purple Copper, outstanding sharpness and fantastic bright colours, a very pleasing composition.
(Please, can you tell me about the ID of my picture of Erebia oeme? You can answer me here, thank you).
Best regards

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-17 10:28]

Excellent macro of this Lycaena, great sharpness and details!

hello Peter
this is a nice picture with good light and beautiful colours
very good sharpness
great shot
greeting lou

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-17 11:09]

Hello Peter.

A very nice and well colored picture of this butterfly.
POV is great as the sharpness is.

Gr. Hans

Ciao Peter, great macro of wonderful Lycaena alciphron, fine details and beautiful natural colors, good DOF, splendid sharpness and lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Peter,

A superb macro capture of the beautiful Purple Copper butterfly with colorful details!
The textures are wonderfully shown and well defined through your capture. I like the sharpness and POV here with great natural colors. The blurry BG is perfect here.

Great composition!

best regards,

Unique kind of POV that brings out the best of this otherwise tatty butterlfy, Peter. Its perch of flowers also adds a great deal to the appeal of the composition.
Thanks and regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-18 8:06]

Lieber Peter,
Lyc. alciphron habe ich noch nie oder nur flüchtig gesehen, war mir nicht sicher, ob es wirklich diese Spezies war. Du zeigst uns hier sehr gut die Färbung und Motive der Innerflügel und den "haarigen" Abdomen, wie ich ihn auch von Lyc. hippothoe kenne.
Was den Schnee betrifft, ist er bis auf höhere Lagen wieder geschmolzen, haben wir doch Foehn im Moment. Auf 2000m hat es noch ein wenig Schnee, aber auch nicht mehr sehr viel. Aber der Winter kann jederzeit rasch kommen!
Wünsche noch einen angenehmen Abend und liebe Grüsse an Deine Familie

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