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Lycaena virgaureae

Lycaena virgaureae
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-22
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland, Schmetterlinge Schweiz [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-30 7:05
Viewed: 3614
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
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Scarce Copper
Cuivré de la verge-d'or

This Lycaenidae butterfly has been presented quite often, especially the male because of its striking orange colour. Here we have the view on the less visible underside wings of a male(at left) and a female.
In my region I could observe that the females have bigger white spots than the males, possibly due to the fact that it could be the subspecies "montanus", which lives beside the more common Scarce Copper.

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Hi neighbor...this picture has music to it..I can hear it...it flows in gentle green backdrops..and is alive in the minds of the observer...A wonderful piece of art in nature..Glad to have you as a friend to my 'bug'

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-30 7:19]

Hi Anne,
very well composed and an excellent DOF, i love the OOF grass in the background here...the colours are lovely too well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-30 7:31]

Hello Anne,
A very beautiful composition showing the two Scarce Coppers on the dry seed heads. Both are sharply in focus and the colours are beautiful. A lovely soft green background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Anne,
Excellent details, DOF and colours. Unobtrusive BG. Very fine work. Perhaps a slightly tighter crop would be worth a try, top and left? Have put to my favourites, with many other Lycaenids, now. Many thanks.

Hallo Anne!

Das grüne Sternchen ist wohl verdient, das Bild musste zum Favoriten für jemand auf TN werden: herrlich weiche Pasteltöne, zwei ebenso zarte Schmetterlinge, das Ganze technisch perfekt und vor allem gefühlvoll...



hi anne,
very beautiful capture of these cute coppers.
you have presented the underside not upperside, a bit of saturation and contrast will improve the image. composition is fine and great background. the natural placement of seed pods of the plant and the b'flies are what makes this image very nice. tfs.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-30 8:50]

Hello Anne,

I like very much the light color tones you are showing in our photo. The background looks great giving me the feeling it is mouving. Butterflies and plant they are sitting on have also very fine colors. Main subject is shown with good sharpnes.

Thank you for sharing,

Hola Anne, vaya fotografía que nos presentas !!
De entrada mucho equilibrio y destacar las gama de colores. Todo ello junto con la luz y un buen enfoque crean un armonioso y delicado conjunto.
Enhorabuena por tan bello trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-30 11:35]

Hi Anne. Nice to see a pair at the same time and you were able to get a good picture of them. A nice POV showing the wings with good detail and colour . nice DOF and plain BG. wel ldone TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-30 11:47]

Bonsoir Anne,
A superb macro showing two L. virgaureae resting on a seed-head looking almost camouflaged. Technically this superb and the composition with the OOF natural BG pleasing.
Thanks for sharing this unusual and attractive image,
Best wishes,

Hi Anne, splendid couple of lovely butterflies with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, great macro with wonderful colors, perfect focus on both scarce copper and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-09-30 12:30]

Hola Anne, muy bonita composición, una toma con excelente exposició, tonos naturales, nitida y con un fondo limpio y bien desenfocado. Excelente macro, un saludo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-30 12:59]

Hello Anne,
The pastel colours are very beautiful. BG and butterflies are all in an excellent vertical composition. Very sharp.
Fantastic DOF.

Hi Anne,
A marvelous shot of this pair of Scarce copper perched on a wonderful dried flower. Excellent lighting, wonderful sharpness and clartity. Many thanks for sharing this fine image.


Ciao Anne,
bellissima cattura di questa coppia di piccole Licenidi, ottimi POV e composizione, molto buona la definizione, mi piace molto anche il tuo stile (personale) elegante nella scelta delle tonalità dei colori.

Bonjour Anne,
Il n'est pas facile de bien focuser sur un papillon alors 2 à la fois, c'est encore pire mais ici tu as réussis un très joli tour de force, surtout que ces petites créatures sont très petites! J’en ai vu des semblables cet été (ils étaient bleus) mais avec le zoom que j’avais, impossible d’obtenir une photo potable… Les 2 sont bien détaillés avec de belles couleurs et composition. J'aurais peut être réduit un peu les niveaux dans les "High lights »(c'est bête, je ne trouve pas le mot français...) mais ce n'est qu'un détail, ça demeure une très, très belle photo. Merci!

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  • Yeoman (38)
  • [2008-10-02 11:57]

Bonsoir Anne,

Une très jolie prise que celle-ci... La netteté est superbe, les couleurs naturelles et la lumière bien dosée...

Que demander de plus ? ;-)



Anne, you are lucky to see and capture two of them on the same perch.
Again a wonderful composition with minimal distractions.
Even this side of a Scarce Copper's wings has its own beauty.
Thanks for sharing this lovely pair.

very nice and sharp capture, TFS Ori

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