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A copper with White Blotches

A copper with White Blotches
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-29 0:54
Viewed: 2952
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dull weather with drizzle today, so it’s back to the archives!

Scarce Copper Lycaena virgaureae
Swedish name: Vitfläckig guldvinge.

I have posted images of both male and female of this species of copper but this is the first image of one with the wings closed to show the underside.

This is the only species of European copper that has a row of white blotches on the underside of the hind-wing, which is the reason for the Swedish name, meaning ‘white-blotched copper’.

The English name has a historical explanation: an 18th century lepidopterist showed a set specimen that he claimed was found in England but it was very scarce. In fact he had cheated and caught the specimen on the continent! But the English name, ’scarce copper’, stuck.

As I have said before, the status of a species stating that it is common or scarce should not be a part of its name because many species that were once common are now rare and those that were rare have either disappeared or become common.

This species is widespread in C. and E. Europe and is found in most of C. and S. Scandinavia in flowery meadows during July-August.

The thistle flower is that of Cirsium arvense, a common species that attracts butterflies and other insects.

This was taken with my compact camera hand-held. After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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Hi Ivan,
A very pleasant feeling to be your neighbor today. A very beautiful capture of this beautiful scarce copper. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi and Good Morning MF Ivan,
A butterfly day today i think:) a superb macro capture this beauty which i see firstly this beauty. Perfectly focused and composed with imressive colours.
TFS and have a nice Sunday MF!

Hi Ivan
Fantastic. Perfect blured background, good contrast, perfect sharpness Nothing to critique ;-)

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-29 1:22]

Hello Ivan
Good work with this butterfly, sharp details and beautiful colors.
Well done.

Hej Ivan,
till att gräva i arkivet igen. ;-) Snart blir det fint vårväder.
This is a very fine close-up picture with lovely natural colours are good exposer.
Excellent sharpness and details, the subkject stand out well from the BG.
Well done, mf.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-29 1:48]

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful photo with great natural colours in a wonderful contrast against the dark OOF BG. Excellent sharpness and details. Good choice of composition and POV.

Hello Ivan!
Nice to see so colourful species of butterfly :)
I like clarity and composition, but the thing which paid my attention a lot was also the Swedish name - it is not possible to say it! ;>
Greetings from Lodz,

PS. The spring is finally present in Lodz! Today is +14C!!! :>

Hello Ivan
a wonderful view of Lycaena virgaureae, you have captured this beautiful butterfly with outstanding sharpness and splendid colours, i like the lovely pose on the flower in a very pleasant composition.
Best nregards

Hi Ivan,
Good butterfly image; all elements are thre; sharpness, composition, DOF and so forth.
Well done

Ciao Ivan, great capture of little butterfly with good details and splendid sharpness, great colors and wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

WOW! These two dominant colours are on the other end of each other in the colour wheel...I think it is called clashing in the clothing industry...but event here clashing is used for a reason..and that same reason works well here Ivan. I see it is an archival. I may have to go back to my archives again...Here we are well into spring and it snowed last night!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-03-29 7:56]

excellent capture, fine colors of the copper and flower, pretty good specimen too. tfs.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-29 10:51]

Hello Ivan!

My favourite family of butterflies :-) Perfect macro of Copper with very good details and clear composition. Thistle flower also look very nice. I hope to take a closer look to Lycaenidae this year - with my new lens :-)

hello Ivan
super picture
beautiful colours
good composition
good sharp details
greeting lou

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-29 11:40]

Hello Ivan,
Perfect shot of this very beutiful butterfly with great details and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-29 11:44]

Hi Ivan. The one good thing about bad weatehr is we get to see some great pictures from your archives. This being one of them. You POV and the pose from the butterfliy lets us see the white marks so well . You have taken this one with your ususal sharp focusing and fine detail and rich colours. well done TFs.

Lats hope for better weather for you next week.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-29 13:34]

Hi Ivan,now you must think at me...how can i write to comment a perfection like that? ehehheh..have a nice week,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-29 13:48]

Hi Ivan,

I knew this was yours before I saw your name! A beautiful Scare Copper poised so nicely on the lovely Thistle. Interesting to see the white blotches on this Copper. As always, colors, details, background, composition are superb.


Hello Ivan, a superb close-up shot of this copper. Great details and nice composition.
TFS and regards, Deniz

Hello Ivan
very good presented shot of this scarce copper with very sharply details
great natural colors
the pose on this beautiful purple flower is superb
very well done

This picture grabs me as a fantastic composition, Ivan.
The butterfly, the pink-petalled Thistle flower and the receptacle (I don't know the technical name for it) of the flower are lined up symmetrically into a vertical tower with three distinctly different colours forming that tower. The generally dark green blurred BG makes the entire column stand out beautifully.
I have seen this butterfly with white blotches on its wings for the first time and enjoyed looking at it.
Thanks and regards.

hello Ivan

excellent photo of this insect/butterlfy with his flower,
fine POV and appropriate vertical framing, supern focus
with great sharpness and details, beautiful warm luminosity,



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-29 19:49]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Sempre es agradable ver sus hermosos fotos, llenas de colorido y con alta nitidez, y tambien poder leer las notas escritas que siempre dejan muchas enseñanzas a quienes tenemos el privilegio de leer.
Saludos Sr. Ivan

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-30 1:27]

Hello Ivan,
Nice to see one of my "not scarce" meadow friends living in your region. The fact that they have these white blotches always helped me to identify them.
Interesting to read about the English name. It seems that not only in our time, some scientist try to cheat! Pleasant and well done picture, like always.
Thanks and have a nice week, you and Ulla

hello Ivan
fine pose
very good glance and most excellent technically,
splendid photo
best regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-30 4:04]

Hello Ivan,

You have posted a fine photo and an interesting note. Image is very good showing well the wings of the insect. Patterna and colors can be well observed. The sharply shown butterfly and flower looks great against the blurry background.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Ivan,
Superb exposure with great sharpness, details and lovely colours

hello ivan,
its always good to be back here to see beautiful post like this from friends like you, the butterfly and the flower is in sharp focus, the colours are well saturated and the details look great, pleasing composition, good contrast,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2009-03-30 10:09]

Hello Ivan,

Great macro work this beautiful Scarce Copper.
Very sharp and good technique.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-30 10:12]

Ivan, WoW what a shot. Superb superb sharp details. Well done Ganesh

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-03-30 18:19]

Hello Ivan,
Outstanding quality image with beautiful colors, setting and details. This is first class work my friend.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-31 0:05]

Espléndida macro,
sobresalientes colores, con magnífica iluminación y foco.
saludos Ivan

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-31 1:08]

Merhaba Ivan,
Çok harika bir makro fotoğraf.
He zamanki gibi, renkler, netlik ve kompozisyon çok başarılı.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-31 4:32]

Hi Ivan,
thanks a lot for the identification of the lime.
Your shot here is really beautiful.the copper in its exciting colours perching on such an attractive flower giving a magnificent effect.
Every details is well presented with sharpness undoubtedly.


Hello Ivan.

Excellent macro, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

Hej Ivan
wonderful close-up for very beautiful Copper. also for composite flower. great sharp details, splendid colors and great POV/DOF. superb composition and exposure. thanks for sharing this beauty. god nat

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-01 0:46]

Hello Ivan,
a wonderful view of butterfly...
Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition.
Very nice depth of field.
Greetings, from Istanbul,

Very nice picture. Good point of view. Excellent perspective. It's a wonderful shot.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan
Exceptionnel... Splendide... une pure merveille
Merci beaucoup

No se si quedarme con la flor o la mariposa !

Buen encuadre y excelente enfoque al ala. Colores de esta muy bien captados.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-04-29 10:34]

Hello Ivan
the Lycaena and little colorful flower are perfectly in focusing on a background much neutral that puts in prominence the depth of the photo. Optimal contrast and clear details for this interesting composition.

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