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Small Copper

Small Copper
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-27 1:54
Viewed: 4989
Points: 18
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Small Copper

Binomial name:
Lycaena phlaeas

TR name: Benekli bakır kelebeği

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lycaena
Species: L. 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.

It is widespread and common across Europe, Asia and North America, and also found in North Africa south through Ethiopia.
It can be found almost anywhere in south/central England and Wales although never, it seems, in large numbers. Its distribution becomes more patchy in northern England, Scotland and Ireland.

It is found in a wide variety range of habitats from chalk downlands, heathland, woodland clearings to churchyards and waste ground in cities.

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.

Life cycle
The eggs are laid singly on the underside of foodplant leaves and the young caterpillar feeds on the underside of the leaf creating "windows" by leaving the upper epidermis of the leaf untouched. Pupation takes place in the leaf litter and the pupa is thought to be tended by ants. There are between two and three broods a year, fewer further north. In exceptionally good years, a fourth brood sometimes occurs in the south and adults can still be seen flying into November. The species overwinters as a caterpillar.

Depending on the habitat, Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) are the two main food-plants, although other Docks (Rumex spp.) are occasionally used.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-27 2:01]

Hello Fikret,
A very beautiful presentation of this Small Copper. Superb clarity in this photo. Superb colours, excellent sharpness and a great composition. Very nice dark contrasting BG.
Best regards Siggi

Siyah zeminde ve yanal ışıkla harika bir makro çalışması olmuş.
Emeğinize sağlık Fikret bey!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-05-27 5:19]

Hi Fikret
That is a beautiful composition.he light is outstanding and it is serve pretty well by the dark BG.Perfect sharpness and fantastic detail.The colors are also great
TFS Michel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-27 9:00]

HI Fikret.what a magic light and impressive composition! Fantastic sharpness,colors and a beautiful black background to contrast at the best the butterfly.Very professional work,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-27 11:37]

Hi Fikret
What a great capture! Amazing colors and details.
Light is wonderful!
Great BG and POV.

Hello Fikret,
Very good details on this butterfly, the textures are clearly visible and the light is unusual but harmonious. The dark background, is an element which provides a special visual touch to this photo. Good job!

Hi Fikret,

The lighting in this photo is wonderful! Thanks also for the very interesting information!

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-05-28 4:01]

Süper makro, emeklerine ellerine sağlık Fikret ağabey.
Selamlar saygılar..

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  • dewo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 9] (279)
  • [2010-05-30 10:22]

ellerinize sağlık

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