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Lycaena Phlaeas


Lycaena Phlaeas
Photo Information
Copyright: Livio Carroccia (livius) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50 Digital SLR, Sigma 18-200mm f 3.5-6.3 DC OS Hsm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-15 4:38
Viewed: 3312
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
(Lycaena phlaeas [Linnaeus])
Wing span: 7/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.2 - 3.5 cm).
Identification: Upper surface of forewing shiny, fiery orange-red with black spots; hindwing gray with orange-red outer margin. Underside gray; hindwing with submarginal row of orange-red zigzags.
Life history: Males perch on grass or weeds to look for females. Eggs are laid singly on host plant stems or leaves. Young caterpillars chew holes in the underside of leaves; older ones make channels in the leaf tissue. Chrysalids overwinter.
Flight: One flight from July-September for alpine and arctic populations. Two flights in the north from June-July and August-September; three flights in the south from April-September.
Caterpillar hosts: Herbs of the buckwheat (Polygonaceae) family including sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), curled dock (Rumex crispus), and Oxyria digyna.
Adult food: Nectar from many flowers including common buttercup, white clover, butterflyweed, yarrow, ox-eye daisy, and various composites.
Habitat: In disturbed places in the East including pastures, landfills, vacant lots, road edges, old fields; rocky places in alpine habitats, and tundra in the arctic.
Range: Nova Scotia south to Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas; west across Great Lake states to North Dakota. Native populations found in the Arctic and the western mountains.
Comments: Eastern and midwest populations probably result from an introduction from Scandinavia during the colonial period.

Famiglia LICENIDI*/* Lycaena phlaeas */*(Linnaeus 1761) Argo bronzeo
Licenide dalle ali anteriori 12-15 mm rosso-dorate, con fascia marginale scura e macchie nere. Le ali posteriori sono brune con margine posteriore rossiccio e dentellato; portano, inoltre, un abbozzo di appendici caudali. Inferiormente, la livrea è di tonalità fulva con macchie nere orlate di giallo sulle anteriori e colore bruno-grigiastro sulle posteriori, con sparsi piccoli puntini neri.
Biologia
In genere due o tre generazioni, talvolta anche quattro in dipendenza dalle condizioni climatiche. Il bruco, lungo non più di 15 mm, si presenta tozzo e col corpo verde percorso lateralmente da due linee rossastre. Si nutre di Poligonacee (gen. Rumex e Polygonum); quelli dell'ultima generazione svernano e riprendono lo sviluppo e la conseguente ninfosi nella primavera successiva.
Distribuzione ed ecologia
Diffusa con alcune sottospecie dalle regioni orientali nordamericane al Giappone. Quella europea, presente in tutto il continente, oltre che in Nordafrica, è una delle farfalle più comuni, spingendosi dalla pianura ad oltre i 2000 m. Nel territorio la si osserva facilmente nelle radure boschive e nelle campagne coltivate.

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Ciao Livio, bella lycaena ad ali aperte, ottima la profondità di campo, il fiore giallo, tremendo, è un po' sbruciacchiato, ma la farfalla è ripresa magnificamente con tutti i suoi dettagli, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-15 7:24]

hi livio,
beautiful butterfly with good colors and details. composition could have been better. tfs.
nagraj.v

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-15 16:04]

Ciao Livio,ottima cattura di questa piccina,dettagli e colori notevoli,mi piace il fiore giallo che fa da cornice,complimenti e buona giornata,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-19 3:42]

Hello Livio,
Excellent capture hof the little Copper on the yellow flower. Great focus, fine details and lovely colours. I like the way you included the leaf on the right although it would have been fine without it too!
TFS and regrds, UIlla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-20 11:16]

Hi Livio,
Wonderful shot of this tiny but beautiful butterfly with very impressive sharpness, colours and details. Great handling of natural lighting and exposure and I like its classic pose. The yellow flower provides fine contrast. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.
Sumon

Hello Livio

A lovely capture of this small,beautiful butterfly on this lovely flower.
The colours are well saturated.
Nicely composed in the frame with a very good POV.
Nicely done.
TFS

Wolf

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-01 14:01]

Hello Livio
Nice photo. Nice colours and a natural light. Good DOF and sharpness. I informative notes.
Good shot, regards
Siggi

Ciao Livio,
bellissima macro per una piccola e bellissima farfalla, che se anche comune è sempre affascinante per i suoi colori dalle tonalità marcate, molto bella la composizione con l'inclinazione diagonale, ottima la definizione dei dettagli e buono il contrasto con lo sfondo che stacca e dà profondità all'immagine.
TFS.
Maurizio

Nice color & exposure Livio, It's a beautiful b-fly..
I would move the subject off center, and loose the leaf rt coming into the frame..
If it was mine :)
How did you support your camera for this?
TFS,
Howard

hello Livio
great composition with beautiful colours
and good sharpness

greeting lou

Ciao amico Livio,

An amazingly beautiful close-up capture of this beautiful copper from top POV providing all details of the upperwings with fine composition.
TFS and have a nice week MF!
Cheers,

Bayram

Hi Livio,
Nice timing with the wings widespread,with sharp detail displaying designs and colouration,well done.
erwin...

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