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Common Copper

Common Copper
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Copyright: Alina Kol (Alutka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S20 Pro, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-06 3:38
Viewed: 3165
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Small Copper, American Copper or the Common Copper - Lycaena phlaeas (Linnaeus, 1761)

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 caterpillars (larvae) are usually green, but some have 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.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-03-06 6:59]

hi alina,
the color of the butterfly perfectly exposed with the background plain green colors, you could have made little tilt to make the stalk diagonal. by the way, have you rotated the image from vertical to horizontal, I just suspected. tfs.

Czesc Alina
Piekna fotka. Poprostu super. Piekne kolory, fajna kompozycja, idealne tlo. Bardzo eleganckie zdjecie Moze bym tylko lekko skadrowal od dolu

  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-06 11:47]

Hallo Alina,
Twoje zdjecia so takie delikatne.W tym tutaj z niczym nie przesadzilas wszystko jest idealne.
Ten delikatny motylek z podniesionymi antenkami
ladnie tutaj pozuje na trawie.Bardzo udane tlo do tego.Podoba sie.Gratuluje Siggi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-06 12:42]

Hi Alina.
I think the POV is the main key of the shot. Picture taken from this point is looked amazingly. Subject is fine and you managed to reflect it with elegance. DOF, details of the ear and butterfly as well as the smoothness and tenderness of the BG are perfect. My kind regards and TFS.

nice shot..

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