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Golden Copper

Golden Copper
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Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-06 3:57
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Lycaena thetis, (Klug,1834)
Fiery Copper / Golden Copper

Turkish Name: Dağ Ateşi Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Central Anatolia, Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: In Europe it is only found in Greece. Transcaucasia - (Armenia-Azerbaijan-Iran), Middle-eastern, (Syria-Lebanon-Jordan), India.

Living Area: Above sea level, lives at altitudes of 1300-2000 meters. Open and often steep slopes near the summits of mountains. Hot, dry and stony mountain slopes.

Flight time: One generation flying in Early-July and early-September.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, feeding on plants and develop Docks and sorrels-(Rumex spp).

Description-Notes: A small butterfly.The undersides have a rather washed out pale grey appearance compared with the other Lycaena. The upperside of the males is a bright "fiery" red which flashes spectacularly in flight. Male is intense fiery-red; wavy inner margin of its black forewing border that is obviously expanded at apex is an excellent fieldmark. Heavily spotted femalae is best distinguished from very similar Scarce Copper and Ottaman's Copper by its tail and undersides. Faint spots on grayish hindwing easly identify both sexes.

Wingspan: 30-34 mm long.

Origin of the name: Thetis, idis f (Latin) - Thetis, the sea goddess, daughter of Nereus, wife of Peleus, mother of Achilles (Latin-Russian Dictionary, 1976).

Similar Species:
• Purple-edged Copper – Lycaena (Palaeochrysophanus) hippothoe, (Linnaeus, 1761)
• Balkan Copper – Lycaena candens, (Herrich-Schäffer, [1844])
• Anatolian Fiery Copper – Lycaena asabinus, (Gerhard,[1850])
• Scarce Copper – Lycaena virgaureae, (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Large Copper – Lycaena dispar, (Haworth, 1802)
• Ottoman's Copper – Lycaena ottomanus, (Lefebvre, 1830)
• Purple-shot Copper – Lycaena alciphron, (Rottemburg,1775)
• Lesser Fiery Copper – Lycaena thersamon, (Esper, 1784)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.48 pp.
2. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page – Golden Copper
3. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa - Golden Copper
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Golden Copper
5. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species - Golden Copper
6. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Golden Copper
7. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Golden Copper
8. Heiner Ziegler: Species Page - Golden Copper


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-06 4:44]

Hello Seyfi,
Fantastic macro of this butterfly in splendid golden colours just like the ear. Beautiful blurred, matching background. Taken from the best POV in excellent sharpness, details and composition.

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely buyterfly with gantastic golden colors on beaitiful blurry BG, fine detsils amd splendid sharpnesss, very well donr, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi- Superb!!! Useful Note. Excellent photograph of this Golden Copper. Perfect name- stunning details(even edges) with eye-catching details! Perfect presentation of a Butterfly picture! Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a pleasant WE- Srikumar

hallo Seyfi
great sharpness and good details
i like the sunlight and the beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Hello Seyfi

The color tones of the butterfly and the
background of the photo are very beautiful,
great macro with fine POV and framing, TFS


Merhaba Seyfi
Amazing golden macro my Friend!!! Masterpiece...
Impressive colors,light and sharpness.Congrats!
Have a good Sunday!
Best regards
José Diogo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-07 12:41]

Hi Seyfi,absolutely great this capture! A species very very rare caught in a professional close up and decentralized composition,very very bright metallic colors and fine detail everwhere! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi,
Very nice image. Fantastic clarity and outstanding details. What a interesting specie and nice too......The composition, the light and exposure are very good. Fascinating colors....I never meet this gorgeous butterfly.
Thanks for sharing!

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