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Lycaena phlaeas

Lycaena phlaeas
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-03 7:21
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Points: 30
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Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Lycaena

Species: L. phlaeas

The Small Copper, American Copper or the Common Copper, Lycaena phlaeas, is a butterfly of the Lycaenids or Blues family. It is a common and widespread little butterfly easily identifiable in the UK. (There are similar species in continental Europe.)
The upperside forewings are a bright orange with a dark outside edge border and with eight or nine black spots. The hindwings are dark with an orange border. Some females also have a row of blue spots inside the orange border and are known as form caeruleopunctata. The undersides are pattenered in a similar way but are paler. The black spots on the forewings are outlined in yellow and the dark colouring is replaced by a pale brownish, gray. The hindwings are the same brown/grey colour with small black dots and a narrow orange border. The caterpillars (larvae) are usually green, but some have a purple stripe down the middle of the back and along each side.It is widespread and common across Europe, Asia and North America, and also found in North Africa south through Ethiopia.
It can be found almost anywhere in south/central England and Wales although never, it seems, in large numbers. Its distribution becomes more patchy in northern England, Scotland and Ireland.It is found in a wide variety range of habitats from chalk downlands, heathland, woodland clearings to churchyards and waste ground in cities.In bright sun it is a very active little butterfly with the males setting up small territories which they will defend vigorously against rival males or indeed any unlucky passing insect. Even the shadow of a large bird passing overhead is enough to get him going. Females are pursued mercilessly and mating usually occurs low down in vegetation.The eggs are laid singly on the underside of foodplant leaves and the young caterpillar feeds on the underside of the leaf creating "windows" by leaving the upper epidermis of the leaf untouched. Pupation takes place in the leaf litter and the pupa is thought to be tended by ants. There are between two and three broods a year, fewer further north. In exceptionally good years, a fourth broods a year, fewer further north. In exceptionally good years, a fourth brood sometimes occurs in the south and adults can still be seen flying into November. The species overwinters as a caterpillar.

Lycaena phlaeas (Linnaeus 1761) Argo bronzeo.

Licenide dalle ali anteriori 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.

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 Luciano, questa è malefica che le ali non le apre mai tutte, bravo a tenerla a fuoco per intero, splendidi colori, ciao Silvio
PS io a Baiano con Roberto oggi ne volavano a decine di Charaxes jasus, che spettacolo!!!

Ciao Luciano!
A master piece my Friend!Like a painting You achieve to have it on the right place at the right time.Love it!
Have a good weekend and thanks!
José Diogo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-03 10:26]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent macro of this butterfly in great sharpness and details. Attractive diagonal composition in beautiful colours.
Enjoy the weekend,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-10-03 11:01]

Beautiful color, you had the opportunity to take an excellent picture of this beauty with open wings, and you did a great work. Nice color, sharpness and details in the right moment. Congratulation. Saludos.

Hello Luciano - Beautiful Butterfly this " Small Copper ". Well captured. Very good details in the edges, as well as total body. Attractive colour too... Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE - Srikumar

Ciao Luciano

Magnificent picture of this beautiful butterfly, beautiful natural colors, nice lighting, excellent clarity, very good sharpening, fine details, nice POV to show to many details. Thanks for sharing.



hallo Luciano
Great picture with good sharpness nice light and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful colours and definition. I do not know how you butterfly capturers manage to capture such fabulous images but here it is and what a pleasure. Well done.

The best demonstration of the beauty of this butterfly's upper wings fully in view, Luciano.
A very well managed macro with perfect focus, details and colours.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-10-05 2:04]

Bonjour Luciano,
Ce spécimen a l'air encore tout frais pour la saison..la dernière génération de l'année probablement. Je n'ai pas vu cette espèce souvent cette année.
Bon dimanche

Hello Luciano,
with it`s wings nicely placed across the diagonal corners this is a fine composition,the details of the butterfly are very sharp and clear against an OOF BG.
Nice work.
Best regards Les.

Dear Luciano,

another beautiful post from Buterfly,
very nice and Thanks!

PS: sorry for that in my region there isnot siutsble place for taking fotos about Butterfly,

** Grazie amico , **

Un po' ..spalmata. Colori invece fedelissimi.


OUTSTANDING IMAGE SIR.Great color combination on the wings with the flower with green surrounding makes it a beautiful frame.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2014-11-03 9:15]

Hi Luciano,
Nice capture of this butterfly with all four wings showing.
Such pretty colors and markings!

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