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Lycaena phlaeas

Lycaena phlaeas
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-04
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-09 3:47
Viewed: 3186
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lycaena phlaeas (Linnaeus, 1761) feeding on Eryngium creticum
Small Copper

Lycaena phlaeas is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 23-30 mm in the family Lycaenidae. The upperside basal ground colour is a bright copper orange on the forewing and dark brown on the hindwing. The forewing has a brown border along the outer margin and scattered black markings. On the hindwing there is a copper coloured submarginal band.. The underside of the forewing has a deep orange colour with a light brown outline and scattered black marks. The hindwing ground colour is light brown with a thin orange line in the submarginal area and scattered black marks. Male and female are similar.

Lycaena phlaeas has a range that extends over the entire northern hemisphere and includes Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia to Japan and North America.
The larval host-plants are various Rumex species.

In Cyprus is a very common and widespread butterfly which inhabits a wide variety of habitat. Observed in forests, maquis, garigue, phrygana, agricultural land and river valleys, from sea level to the summit of mountains. Despite its wide distribution, it is rarely numerous; usually only one or two specimens will be found in each locality. In the spring it is common along farm and forest roads, where its preferred host-plant Rumex cyprius thrives.
The adult butterflies begin to emerge in February and are on the wing until November in at least four broods. In some years it is observed earlier (January) and may still be on the wing until the beginning of December.
During springtime in Cyprus it has been observed ovipositing mainly on the very common Rumex cyprius. In summer it has also been observed using Rumex cristatus.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-09 4:02]

Magnificent macro of one the most little butterflies and great light position on the wings,very impressive sharpness,natural colors and details super!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-09 4:42]

Hello Christodoulos.
Great shot with this nice macro of Small Copper, the details are superb sharp, the light on its wings is beautiful and the background is fantastic. Well done.Best regards Siggi

Hello Christodoulos,
An outstanding shot of this beautiful butterfly, very nice composition with impressive clarity and sharpness, the colours are vivid and bright, nicely composed and presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hi Chris,

Very nice capture of this Small Copper Butterfly my man, splendid fine detail in the wings with lovely markings and colours, good exposure/white balance control with great effect, superb picture and well done,
Best Regards Chris and have a nice day,


Hi Chris,
This is a wonderful presentation of this Copper. Nice focus and very detailed. The colors are wonderful. I would love to see the dorsal side of little guy, I am sure it's stunning. Nicely done.

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful lighting BG, splendid natural colors, fantastic details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Impeccable shot of this tiny butterfly with brilliant detail Christodoulos! The foreground and the background is truly amazing too! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hi Christodoulos,
another beautiful photo. Nice point of view. Great sharpness. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Just great and beautiful. regards yiannis

Hello Christodoulos,
Splendid capture with such impressive details and sharpness.
The clarity and the focus are perfect, very interesting plant too.
Thanks for sharing this amazing species.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-09 10:25]

Hello Christodoulos,
Excellent photo of this butterfly in fantastic sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours and an impressive DOF. Very nice POV and composition.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-09 11:18]

Hello Christodoulos!
What a outstanding pic! Great sharpness and amazing details.I love ths Bg! Great job, as usually! TFS
Regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!

Buona sera Chris,

complimenti for your macro, excellent detail on licenide, lovely exemplar ! great light and also very nice colors,

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

Hi Christodoulos,

I love the smooth colours of your photo! Excellent detail!

Andreas Paradisis

hello Christodoulos
super sharpness composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Christodoulos,lovely little butterfly on a beautiful flower, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors,TFS

simple andperfect, TFS Ori

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent macro photo of this insect with fine
POV and framing, excellent focus sharpness details,



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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-06-09 23:22]

Splendid photo, congratulations!

Hi Christodoulos,
Outstanding image for this beautiful little butterfly. Sharpness and light management are impressive. Colours and BG are very nice.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-06-10 0:11]

Perfect macro! Great light, details and colors. The light is just right to highlight the texture of the wings. Well done!

Have a pleasant weekend,


καλό τριήμερο φίλε!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-10 6:53]

Lovely frame of cute butterfly, curiously it had dropped its antennae like this. well made. tfs.

Hi Christodoulos
No doubts MF, you're one of the TN's macro masters!...
From today, you're in my favorite photographers!
Impressive work!
Regards, TFS

Sorprendente luz y colores Christo. poco más se puede mejoras
en este trabajo, que es de un reralismo asombroso y de una
gran belleza. Saludos y buen fin de semana:
Josep Ignasi.

Hi Christodoulos,

another sharp picture with good pov and blurred bg from this small opper.
Fine colors.


Hallo Christodoulos,
a superb macro shot of the Small Copper taken from an excellent point of view with impressive details and fantastic colours, excellent from all aspect
Have a good weekend

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