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Lycaena dispar

Lycaena dispar
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-01 4:42
Viewed: 1969
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Lycaena

Species: L. dispar

The Large Copper (Lycaena dispar) is a European butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. The British subspecies of this butterfly (dispar) has been extinct for over 144 years (since 1864). Most of our knowledge of its life cycle and ecology comes from studies of the similar subspecies (batavus or batava) found in The Netherlands. The species can be identified by the silvery hindwing undersides, from the large specimens of the related, more common, drier habitat species Lycaena virgaureae and Lycaena hippothoe. This is one of the butterfly species classified as a priority for protection and re-introduction in the UK under its national Biodiversity Action Plan. The species has been in severe decline in Britain due to the great reduction of fen habitat due to expansion of the human population. In the rest of the Western Europe, the draining of wetlands and building and agricultural activity on shallow riverbanks has caused a strong decline. In Eastern Europe, undeveloped riverbanks and deltas are a habitat for the species, though even there it is somewhat threatened due increasing human influence on these areas. There have been several reintroduction attempts to sites in both Britain and Ireland, but these have all ultimately failed. Research is now being conducted to see whether a further attempt is worthwhile in more extensive habitats available in the Norfolk Broads.

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 15 -21 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: Italia settentrionale e centrale.
Habitat: specie igrofila, si rinviene nei prati umidi del piano basale sino a 500 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: tre, con sfarfallamento in aprile - maggio, giugno - luglio e agosto - settembre.
Piante nutrici: Rumex crispus - Rumex obtusifolius

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Ciao Roberto, eh di queste ci hai l'allevamento, in Umbria non ci fanno mica, gran bella macro nella tua solita eccellente qualità, fantastici colori e splendida luce, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Beautiful colours on the wings of this cute Blue, Roberto.
A very attractive, sharp and crisp composition.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-10-01 7:57]

Hello Roberto
Excellent POV with great natural colors.Sharpness is perfect and the details are amasing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-10-01 8:25]

Hello Roberto,
A photo of a Large Copper in splendid light and colours. Excellent sharpness and details, as usual. Good DOF with this blurry background.

Hi Roberto,
beautiful photo of this butterfly. Amazing warm colours. Perfect sharpness!!
Have a nice evening,

Hello Roberto
Great photo with good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-10-01 9:26]

hello Roberto,
beautiful photo of this Butterfly, great sharpness, very fine, colorful details, Thanks for sharing!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-10-01 10:07]

Ciao Roberto,
I like the composition and POV ..
Very sharp details and superb pose, natural colors too.
Best wishes,

hello Roberto
super good composition with great details and beautiful colours
nice light to
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-10-01 10:45]

Hello Roberto.
Very nice close up.Excellent colors, sharpness and composition - i like it.
Well done.Best regards Siggi

splendida Roby...a Bornasco ci deve essere una colonia inesauribile

Hello Roberto,
Incredible catch of a wonderful species of butterfly. It is a interesting image taken from a very good POV. As usual amazing details, very good focus and sharpness. Nice contrast against the background. This guy here is a colorful butterfly with brilliant colors which I have seen very rarely this year.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-01 14:48]

Stratosferica! Non ci sono altre parole,ma quando l'ho aperta ho ritrovato il piacere di emozionarmi,mamma mia che effetto 3D e che qualita',sei proprio arrivato in cima...adesso puoi buttarti..ehehe...buona giornata e complimenti,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-10-02 5:09]

Bonjour Roberto,
Un joli papillon en équilibre sur une tige recourbée. Très beau sujet pour une photo. L'usage du flash (probablement) aide à découvrir la beauté des ailes de ce papillon plutôt rare. J'aime bien aussi l'arrière-plan.

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