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Callophrys rubi

Callophrys rubi
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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: 2015-04-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-04-08 7:15
Viewed: 1037
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Callophrys

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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Ciao Luciano! Amazing macro. Perfect contrast and sharpness. Marvelous natural colours. Good texture. Well done!

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2015-04-08 7:24]

Hello Luciano,
great capture butterfly..thanks..

hallo Luciano
super good sharpness and beautiful colours
nice light to
great shot
thanks gr lou

So the butterfly season has already begun for you, Luciano.
A fabulous fresh capture of this beautiful species with your compact camera.
The phenomenal DOF lends a 3D look to the subject.

Hello Luciano,

Beautiful picture of this Green Hairstreak. Excellent details and sharpness. I like the way you have chosen vertical frame here with nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Luciano, favolosa la prima del 2015, gran bella la tonalità di verde, fantastici dettagli e ottima nitidezza, una Rubi così bella neanche Silvio l'ha vista mai, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
PS Domenica e lunedì neve dalle mie parti, se continua così posto un po' di lupi e un orso polare :(

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2015-04-08 12:28]

Ciao Luciano,
despite f/5.0 all structures of the nicely coloured butterfly are very sharp
as the focus and viewing angle are optimally selected.
Background is sufficiently blurred.
Best wishes, Peter

Splendid macro sharp with razor sharpness and great exposure and colors. Thanks for sharing Luciano

Sharp; a good dof and compo.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2015-04-09 1:06]

Great picture of the rubi! Very good sharpness, color and dof. I like this species and this picture is very good. Congratulation and un cordial saludo.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2015-04-09 1:18]

Beautiful specimen, expertly recorded. Very fine details and colors. Great light and excellent composition.

Well done, Luciano!


Ciao Luciano

Great macro of Callophrys rubi, excellent sharpness and details, very nice composition, nice lighting, nice blurring BG, beautiful natural color of wings.



Ciao Luciano
Fantastic capture of this wonderful butterfly my Friend.Great lateral POV,amazing colors and sharp details.Very impressive may I say.As Ram said the season already started eheh...love it!
Have a good day and thanks

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-04-09 22:13]

Hi Luciano
Amazing details and magnificent light!

Regards & TFS

OUTSTANDING image this is sir.In every aspect this is perfect.

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  • dip (59)
  • [2015-04-10 4:35]

Ciao Luciano,
Wonderful macro shot,
very nice capture!

Hello Luciano

Great macro in a very beautiful light, superb focus, sharpness, and details,
of a butterfly that could easily be camouflaged with its environment, TFS


  • heimann2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
  • [2015-04-11 23:39]

bonjour Luciano,
super belle foto de ce beau papillon tout vert. très beau détails et netteté. bonne journée

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2015-04-13 20:02]

Great focus on this incredible green butterfly. Congratulations, Lu.

your friend

Hernán Bortondello

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2015-04-15 0:32]

Bonjour Luciano,
Le voilà aussi chez vous ce magnifique petit papillon. Il est un des premiers à venir au printemps nous dire bonjour...très joli "catch" Luciano!
Bonne journée

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