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Chequered Copper female

Chequered Copper female
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia, Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-07 3:05
Viewed: 3302
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A few days ago I posted the male Chequered Copper (Lucia imbaria) showing the upper wing pattern (here). Today I present the underwing pattern of a female shortly before she started to lay a couple of eggs.
Chequered Copper are found through south-eastern Australia, generally on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range where they inhabit open woodlands and native grasslands. They are active from August to May and have a wingspan of 23 mm in the male and 25mm for the larger female. They fly close to the ground and apparently do not travel far from their birth place. Their local abundance is therefore dependant on the occurrence of winter rains and so they can be locally common one year and rare the next. The food plant is (Oxalis exilis).

Info: Braby, M.F. 2004 The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood Australia

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Hi Chris,
Thanks for this new post. Shows the underside very clearly in a very neat composition. Thanks.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-07 4:31]

Hi Chris,beautiful point of view and excellents details and colors,not easy to take so perfeclty this littles butterflies! My best compliments and thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2008-11-07 5:11]

Hi Chris,
Butterfly season is just started in NSW. I am trying but I couldn't take a photo like this yet.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-07 6:57]

hi chris,
lovely pattern and colors, i liked the touch of that golden yellow. good composition but the background bit disturbing. tfs.

nice to see you again Chris,
it's a beauty, very nice butterfly, good pov and a nice dof in the well taken composition, a fine one Chris, have a nice weekend.
regard jaap

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-07 9:30]

Hello Chris,

Your photo has a very nice composition with the green leaf diagonaly placed. Butterfly's position too makes the image dinamic. Wing's pattern is well shown and the colors look fine and natural.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-07 11:20]

Hello Chris,
Very nice macro.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.
Regards Siggi

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-07 11:47]

Hello Chris, great close-up shot of this cooper.
TFS and G's,


Hi My friend Chris,
An excellent macro of this beauty with nice natural colours and fine diagonal composition. Details and lighting are also perfect my friend!
TFS and have a nice weekend!


Hello Chris,
Very good composition, nice details and colours

hello chris,
i wonder if these beautiful blue butterfly would have been as big as swallowtails of the world? how beautiful would they look but as someone has rightly said the beautiful things come in small package. well composed shot fith fine point of view,
well done,
tfs & regards

Chris: Well spotted! Nicely lit and composed, with a classic head-down lycaenid posture. The background is nicely blurred, despite a small aperture selection. All combine into a very attractive image.
Regards, Nigel.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-08 14:43]

Hi Chris,
what a fine capture.
This is a beautiful butterfly.
Very good composition.
Great POV.

Well done,

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-11-09 10:29]

Hello Chris,

A superb capture. Excellent focus and pose. Lovely POV, composition splindid details and natural tones and colors. I like the composition and BG as well. TFS.


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-11-09 21:20]

Hi Chris,

nice capture of this Copper with natural BG.Details and colors are fine. Composition and POV are great.
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Chris, elegant diagonal composition with lovely butterfly, great colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-11-14 13:51]

Hello Chris,

Very nice butterfly with remarkable underwing patterns. Excellent exposition and POV but I'm wandering if a bigger aperture will let you have the butterfly in focus (because it is perpendicular to you and getting then a more blurry background (and less busy).

Nice shot and TFS!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-24 21:47]

Hi Chris,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Chequered Copper with such lovely colours and markings on its wings. Very impressive and I like this upside pose. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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