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Large Copper.

Large Copper.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC FX07
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-25 9:32
Viewed: 5493
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Large Copper,

Lycaena dispar (Haworth, 1802)
Lycaena dispar rutila (Werneburg, 1864)

Large Copper
Großer Feuerfalter
Grote vuurvlinder
Stor ildfugl
Czerwończyk nieparek
Ohniváčik veľký
Ohniváček černočárný
Manto grande
Grand cuivré

Family: Lycaenidae (Blues)

Wingspan: 32 – 40 mm

An old acquaintance, seen and posted a few times before, but always happy to meet again, and always unexpectedly: Good to find the rare, highly endangered Large Copper every year in some of the meadows in the hills of the Vienna woods, even close to the city of Vienna.

This time I was out on a quick and extendend walk through the woods for reasons of sports much more than any other reason. The day was cloudy, some rain was expected to come as often in May and June of 2008. And it did.

When passing a lonesome meadow I noticed something in the grass beside the path - blinking red in a very bright colour with an enormous contrast against the deep green meadow.

Happy enough the tiny Lumix pocket camera was at hand.

The largest one of the red Lycaenids of Europe, the Large Copper is distributed through central and eastern Europe, wide spread, but very local only. Extinct in the UK since about 1850 when its wetland habitat was destroyed, there are small colonies in the Netherlands, in France, Italy, north eastern Germany, Poland, the Baltic states, in the Vienna Woods of Austria, in Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, northern Greece, and northern Turkey.

The female.

Subspecies Lycaena dispar rutila (Werneburg, 1864) may be seen in two generations in the eastern parts of Europe: in May and June, and from July to September. That subspecies is smaller in size than subspecies batava from the Netherlands, and the extinct British nominal race.

Feeding plant is Rumex crispus and other Rumex species – and this is all that Lycaena dispar seems to need: dry grassland or wet grassland housing these plants – cut strictly no more than just once a year.

The camera:
Tiny pocket Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX07, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 5mm wideangle macro zoom setting (equiv. 28mm at conventional 35mm SLR), F/2.8, 1/500 sec., ISO-100; no tripod, no flash; 15.06.2008, 12:14. Very closely approached at rather low light conditions.

Photoshop Elements, cropped, downsized for web presentation, levels slightly adjusted. Any postwork increase in saturation of colours was carefully avoided.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

Walter Schön: Schmetterling - Raupe: http://www.schmetterling-raupe.de

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

eng55, Argus, Arjun, gracious, anel, cicindela, marhowie, maurydv, eqshannon, Juyona, yasin, nirmalroberts, red45, Alex99, MMM, RII, uleko, horia, Heaven, liziafa, sranjan, GLEM, jmp has marked this note useful
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To jmp: flare of colorpeter_stoeckl 1 12-07 03:54
To sweet_universe: Grazie Marco,peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 07:15
To horia: Thank you, Horia my dear friend ...peter_stoeckl 1 07-08 07:13
To yasin: lumixpeter_stoeckl 2 06-30 02:16
To gracious: Thank you!peter_stoeckl 1 06-27 16:06
To anel: Herzliche Grüße aus Wienpeter_stoeckl 1 06-27 15:27
To batu: ... f/2.8 ... und zu den Mohren!peter_stoeckl 1 06-27 15:18
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  • Great 
  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-25 9:34]

Guten Abend Peter,
It's an excellent macro job.Colors,use of backlight,details,BG,composition and visual impact are wondeful.Have a good day too!
Thanks for posting.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-06-25 9:39]
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Hallo Peter,
an diesem Bild kommt man nicht vorbei and auch nur schwerlich darüber hinaus.
Äußerst attraktiv ... das betrifft natürlich nicht nur den Falter sondern in gleichem Maße
die Qualität deines Bildes. Du präsentierst alle 'Seiten' des Falters in einzigartiger Schärfe.
Kaum zu glauben, dass das mit f/2.8 in dieser Weise gelingen kann!
Best Grüße, Peter

P.S. Ab nächster Woche besuche ich die Mohren!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-06-25 9:46]

Hi peter,
excellent image of this copper. fine details, good viewpoint and great colors. Tfs.

Hi Peter

A great shot. The colors, sharpness, POV ( where we can see both sides of the wings) are wonderful.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-25 10:03]

Hello Peter,
Great capture of a male L. dispar from a POV that lets us enjoy seeing both the upper and under surfaces of the wings. Excellent DOF at only f2.8, which says a lot for a small Lumix compact. You are lucky to have this rare beauty close to Vienna.
Thanks for sharing this delight,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-06-25 10:08]

hello sir,
wonderful picture. amazing but beautiful composition.excellent details too

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-25 10:51]

Hi Peter,this year we have a lot of this littles butterflies,very nice portrait,excellents colors and sharpness and very interesting note as your style,thanks a lot for share this beuty,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Can not afford to miss Peter great quality posting of butterfly from Austria!
the colour on the butterfly truly awesome with a great pose of it!
perfect size with great sharpness and superb details to view and enjoy
many thanks for the great sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-25 12:47]
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Lieber Peter,
Du weisst scheinbar, wo sich diese seltenen Schmetterlinge aufhalten und hast ein gar schönes Exemplar für TN ausgewählt. Mein Sohn findet das Bild "super" und ich schliesse mich an und freue mich an Deinem gelungenen farbenfrohen Bild aus der Natur.
Herzliche Grüsse und Guet Nacht

Hello Peter!
Long time when I was last time in your gallery, I am sorry :) Too much field work...

This is a very clear, sharp and perfectly coloured picture of Lycaena dispar male. I like a lot that the head is totaly in the focus and the rest of body with delicate out of focus - this makes a very nice perspective :)
As always note is informative and full of interesting details about species.
Best regards from Lodz!
Friendly yours,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-25 13:45]

Hi Peter.This is fine close up of this colourful Butterfly. good detai land use ofthe light. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS,

A most beautiful b-fly image Peter,
Love the use of the ambient light resulting in excellent rich colors..I find overcast conditions can produce some of the best exposures.
A very pleasant comp with great detail and POV.
Very well done.

Splendida macro di questa piccola e bellissima farfalla, ottimi POV e composizione, buona nitidezza nonostante la necessità di una ampia DOF e l'utilizzo del diaframma f2,8, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-06-25 17:10]

Hi peter,
What a perfection!
The sharpness and details are simply amazing, wonderful vivid colours.
Great composition , very well done.

A beautiful colour of almost orangish...I like this one....today I saw a few common swallowtails but tye flitting right past me..Nice catch n this one Peter.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-26 0:45]

Hola amigo,
interesante trabajo,
detalles y excelente color,
buen pov. y foco...
saludos Peter.

Hi Peter,
Beautiful POV. Great sharpness. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-06-26 2:26]
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How could Panasonic LUMIX captured this so detail? And she stood still even she knew you were getting closer. She was a model, I guess. :)) Superb sharpness showing fine details.
Beautiful colors, Anne. TFS!
Best regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-26 3:04]

Hello Peter!

As alweys excellent combination - picture and note. Small butterfly is captured in nice pose, with good details and colours. Green BG looks very well with blurred shapes of plants.

Hi Peter

Sorry past my bed time.
Excellent result of this beautiful species.
Have a great week end.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-26 10:31]

Hello Peter,
Great clear photo with excellent sharpness and details. Very good POV and composition.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-26 13:02]

Magnificent image, Peter!
The colours on this butterfly are incredible!
Very sharp and detailed.
Excellent composition.
Perfect light.

Very well done,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-26 22:53]

Hi, dear Peter.
I like perfect use of soft lighting and delicate colours of the nature. Despite the max aperture value you managed to place into focus entire butterfly image. Details as usual for your works are terrific as well as the framing and cropping. Blurred pictorial BG is so fine as main pictured character. Bravo and kind regards.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-27 7:56]

Hi Peter
Beautiful closed up image.Excellent POV and very sharp image.Great light and colors.The nice OOF BG colors suit well with the insect.
TFS Michel

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-06-28 2:57]

Hi Peter.

Wonderful macro of this little butterfly of vivid colors, magnific sharpness and details,great colors and contrast orange -greens, nice compossitions and POV.Good note.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-28 7:56]

Hello Peter,
Sorry, I've missed this splendid close-up of this brightly coloured Large Copper! I like its pose here and the details are impressive.
I sincerely hope it'll remain in your area!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Peter!
You're a master!
Your buttefly's pics are so beautiful! Amazing colors, extragood light... you know how to show the nature's beautiful.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-01 8:35]
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Hi Peter

Long time no speak :) I hope you are ok, my friend!
This is again a top butterfly macro from you, with an excellent presentation of this beautiful but in some areas endangered species.
The sharpness and DOF of your shot here are terrific and the spot-on exposure made sure you had all the right colors in the scene rendered accurately.
Lovely composition and presentation, as always :)

Bravo and TFS

Hallo Peter!

Es ist eine helle (Farben-) Freude, sich in deiner Gallerie zu tummeln. Ich entdecke selber die Makrofotografie und bin beeindruckt von der Qualität sowohl deiner Bilder als auch der Begleittexte! In diesem Bild gefallen mir die Farben, die Komposition und die ausgezeichnete Schärfe auf dem Kopf des Schmetterlings besonders gut.

Liebe Grüsse


Hi Peter,
Excellent shot.
Wonderful colors, details and composition.
Very well done.
TFS Malgosia

Dear Peter,
Amazing sharpness, DOF & saffron colored butterfly ! TFS.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-15 9:15]

salut Peter,
très belle image de ce petit papillon, l'exploitation de la lumière dans les ailes est remarquable. Excellente netteté, composition dynamique.


very interesting POV and angle to capture this elegant pose

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-11-07 15:29]
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Hi Peter,
What a flare of color! Great details, sharpness, pov and a really happy finding in the conditions you described.
Best regards mf,
José Miguel

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