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Copyright: Sergio Stella (flashpoint) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 133 N: 4324] (28008)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D40X, AF-S MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-27 5:44
Viewed: 2671
Points: 14
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Lycaena phlaeas (Linnaeus 1761)
Small Copper
Argo bronzeo

small butterfly with bright copper with brown spots and brown margin and undersides orange-brown with spots.

The Small Copper is usually seen in ones and twos, but in some years large numbers may be found at good sites. Males are territorial, often choosing a piece of bare ground or a stone on which to bask and await passing females. They behave aggressively towards any passing insects, returning to the same spot when the chase is over.

Though it remains a common and widespread species, the Small Copper declined throughout its range during the twentieth century.

Widespread and common throughout most of Europe including all larger Mediterranean islands. It occurs in North Africa and across Asia to Japan, and also in North America. Stable in most European countries.

Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and Sheep's Sorrel (R. acetosella) are the main foodplants. Broad-leaved Dock (R. obtusifolius) may occasionally be used.

from wiki

Model: NIKON D40X
Software: Paint Shop Pro Photo 11,20
Exposure Time: 10/1250 sec
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 105 mm
Date Taken: 2009-03-26 12:50
Metering Mode: Pattern
File Size: 107 kb

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Olá, Sergio!

Very good focus and amazing texture.
Good colors and great light.
Congratulations and TFS!

Greetings from Brazil,

Hi Sergio,
spring seems to have arrived in Lombardia with a nice variety of butterflies! Powerful, well detailed close-up of the colourful Small Copper. An interesting angle of light with sunlight switching from surface to backlight, creating exciting views of the wings. Thank you!
With best regards,

hello Sergio
beautiful colours and good composition
nice sharpness
greeting lou

Hi Sergio,
A nice capture of this beautiful small copper butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Sergio, bella piccoletta, sempre carina da vedere, tra l'altro a tra le più precoci, ottima macro ben dettagliata e nitida, bravo, bupon WE, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-27 11:03]

Ma che fortuna! La prima neonata della stagione,si vede che dalle tua parti fa' piu' caldo,ci sorprendi sempre con le anteprime..ottima foto come POV e dettagli.Complimenti e buona serata,Luciano

Una toma muy nitida con el angulo justo para demostrar el insecto en pleno.

Hello Sergio.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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