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Lycaena virgaureae L.

Lycaena virgaureae L.
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Copyright: Dejan Kulijer (dejo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature of Bosnia and Herzegovina, European Butterflies 7, Fauna of Bosnia and Herzegovina [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-18 3:25
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Scarce copper (Lycaena virgaureae)

The lower surfaces of the back wings are yellowish and have only a few black dots; there are characteristic white marks the immediate vicinity of these. The species exhibits one kind of sexual dimorphism: male butterflies are colored bright gold-red on the upper side of wing, while the females have broader orange wings with a dark design.

Life cycle
A generation appears from mid-July to mid-September.
Eggs are laid on dried-out plant parts, for example on dry sorrel stems. The eggs are white in color and somewhat larger than those of other Lycaena species. The caterpillars are green and nocturnal and eat sorrel (Rumex sp.). Lycaena virgaureae is the only species of this genus whose eggs last over the winter. The butterflies feed on blossoms of such plants as the ground-elder, eupatorium, valeriana, and burnet saxifrage.

Lycaena virgaureae lives preferably on flower-rich, dry and damp meadows in Central Europe. In Spain it is found in the Pyrenees and in the Cantabrian Mountains. In southern France it is found in the Massif Central. Its area of distribution reaches the Arctic Circle in Fennoscandia in the north; in the south it reaches north and northwest Greece. It is not found, however, on the British Isles, in Belgium, or the Netherlands. It can be found as far east as Mongolia. The scarce copper is found at elevations of 1,000 to 2,000 meters.


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Ciao Dejan,
la tua foto è veramente "solare"!
I colori sono brillanti e l'immagine è nitida.
Buona anche la composizione.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-18 3:47]

fantastic contrast between the green ground and the red of butterfly,very perfect work,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Dejan,
Very beautiful and cute little Scarce copper you've captured.
Beautiful colours and excellent focusing here with nice composition and details.
I like it very much. :)
Well done and TFS,
Best wishes,

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2007-11-18 4:18]

Zdravo Dejane!
Lepa sluchajnost:)
Boje su chudesne a isto i oshtrina i kompozicija.Bravo!
Sve najbolje iz Makedonije,

Hello Dejan,
Beautiful image of Scarce copper. Sharp focus and well illuminated image. Lovely composition.

Hi Dejan,
Beautiful capture and burry background.
Overall nice composition.

Hi Dejan, superb butterfly with wonderful light and splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-18 5:29]

Hello Dejan,
Great capture of a male Scarce Copper from a fine POV with good sharpness. The composition is a bit too central: as the butterfly is facing to the left it is better to crop a little on the right. The colours are maybe a little oversaturated. Basically though, this is a good shot.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Your picture shows both sides of the wings of this one of the most spectacular butterflies on earth, Dejan.
Great composition against the plain green BG.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-18 8:15]

Hej, Dejo!
Super slicica, kao i uvijek :-)

Hi Dejan.
Great capture of this exuberant butterfly!
Excellent colors and contrast.
Splendid composition.
Register rich in details.
Well done!
José Roberto

too much green space on the right
crop it out maybe could be better
however an excellent quality, nice colours,
beautiful specimen !

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-19 1:14]

Hi Dejan,
Just marking this post wonderful post from you and will come back with a proper critique later.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-19 2:37]

Hi Dejan.
You managed to reflect a very nice butterfly and have done it perfectly. Excellent DOF and sharpness of the butterfly and reproduction of its texture. BG is superb of coloration and blurriness. White flowers are OE a little bit but this is not a point. My best wishes and compliments.

Hello Dejan
Very nice shot of this tiny Scarce copper,
Great details,exposure and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Oh Dejan,
Quelle explosion de couleurs!
C'est une jolie photo lumineuse et éclatante!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-19 5:52]

Hello Dejan, great shot of this butterfly ! The complementary colors are striking,the sharpness is very good and the composition is fine, well done ! Thanks,


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-19 8:42]

selam dejan
well close-up working on this beautiful butterly under the harsh light condition
i like composition, blurred background, colours and details
thanks for sharing

Hi Dejan,
fine detailed image of this S copper.
great color and good POV
IMO a bit of crop of the right side could benifit the comoposition.
TFS ... I get a kick out of the camo hat you wear in your intro picture. :-)

hi Dejan,
An extremely difficult exposure under this intense light condition. Looks like, you have exposed for the butterfly, which has come out very nice.
However, as a result the white flowers got over exposed and burnt out. I am not sure how well can this be handled through WS without spoiling the rest of the picture. I tried it for some time, but was not happy with my own work, so I gave up.
- Nirmal

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-19 10:55]

Hi Dejan. This is such a clear shot of this beautiful butterfly. the detail is first class. rich but natutal colurs. with a nice pose on the flower. and DOF. well done TFS. good note too.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-20 7:08]

Hola Dejan. Esta Bella Mariposa luce exelentemente sus colores de sus alas. El color verde del fondo le da un valor agregado a esta fina postal. Gracias por compartir.
Saludos Luis52.

Hi Dejan,
A beautiful capture of this copper. Nice composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Dejan,
Nice color and good details, beautiful little b-fly. A bit over, and less space behind would be better IMHO.

bonjour dejan
un peu de bruit dans le BG et quelques perties un peu OE(sur lesfleurs)mais dans l'ensemble c'est un belle image,avec un beau specimen et de belle couleurs.

Hello Dejan,

I’ve been very busy last days but I don’t forget my friends on TN…!
So I hope I will be able to come back next week to add some proper critique to your excellent work. Have a great day my friend!


This a very good picture. The colors and the BG is excellent.
The nits are :
1. It is slightly overexposed.
2. The subject is in dead center of the frame ( This is a personal tatse :-) )
Hope you dont mind me pointing out nits :-)
Goutham R

Hi Dejan,
Those colors are so vivid and inspiring! This is a beautiful specie captured in a lovely way! Well done!

hello Dejan

lovely shot with the lovely soft colours, excellent luminosity
on the image, excellent details of the subject, i love the POV
of your image, but for me, the subject and the flower
it is too centerd on the image, the half that is at the back
of the butterfly, i would prefer to be at his front, TFS


Hello Dejan,

Enjoying myself browsing through your collection of insects. This is so stunning against the clear background. Excellent sharpness and well blurred background.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-09 19:08]

Hello Dejan

A lovely composition ,well lit with lovely vibrant colours.
This one really is striking.
Well focused with wonderful detail.
The textures of the flower and butterfly show well.
The OOF BG is amazing with a lovely bokeh.


hi dejan
Great macro with wonderful details, splendid contrast and excellent sharpness. A very elegant composition

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