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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: 2014-10-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-24 4:45
Viewed: 1600
Points: 32
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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 č di tonalitŕ 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 piů 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, č una delle farfalle piů 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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Great notes too.
Extremely sharp focusing.
Natural soft colours.
Greetings from Mario.

Hello Luciano - The angle you have chosen, is enough to draw an attention of the viewer. It's nice to see a butterfly against non-disturbing BG which you were able to manage. I like the way its staring inside the frame, even eye-contact. So credit goes to you. Very well details and sharpness, as well as exposure. Thanks for sharing. Best Wishes.

hallo Luciano
great sharpness and beautiful colours
nice BG with good light
thanks gr lou

Ciao Luciano, una delizia, gran POV e splendido risalto sul magnifico cielo azzurro, gran bello anche il fiore, graziosa macro, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-10-24 20:11]

Ciao Luciano

Vey nice picture of Lycaena. I like the POV which attract the viewer, very beautiful natural colors and a nice BG with blue sky and clouds. Very nice composition too. Thanks for sharing,



Salam Luciano,

Another beautiful butterfly hunted with your camera :))

very nice post and Thanks!

** Dio sia con te caro amico, **

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-10-24 22:40]

Hi Luciano
Interesting angle and close-up of this butterfly.
Nice colors, good light and neat background.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-25 0:36]

Ciao Luciano,
Fantastic sharp detailed macro taken from an original angle. Very beautiful with a blue sky in the background. Splendid colours and light. Great quality!
Have a good weekend,

Hi Luciano,
Your unusual, interesting photos always show how many unknown dimensions there are in the subject named "photography with proper flash usage". Excellent natural colors, fantastic light management, unusual angle / POV, perfect sharpness in spite of the used aperture - and an excellent photo overall. Bravo!
Best regards, László

Hello Luciano,
What an unbelievably beautiful POV! And in such excellent quality! Sheer pleasure to view. Well done.

ciao Luciano
Une mangifique macro, les couleurs et la netteté sont superbes.
Bon W-E

La piccoletta che si presta ai faccia a faccia. Gran dettaglio e gran stacco contro il soft di sfondo.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2014-10-26 21:14]

Hi Luciano,
I like the unusual pose and POV of this butterfly.
The colors and light are great also.
What a great capture of that huge eye!

Hello Luciano,
Nice capture from an interesting Pov,excellent clarity and sharpness.
Best regards....Joy

Ciao Luciano,
very nice! Eye to eye with your target you make us feel like being one those little creatures ourselves spending the day drinking nectar from flowers while looking for an encounter with the opposite sex. And the Small Copper's bright red and orange colours could not have a better background in perfect contrast than the blue sky. Also the light is really well managed in this impressive way of approaching the small butterfly from a very low point of view. Thank you! With best regards,

Hello Luciano

I like very much your butterfly/insect photos with this POV
« en contre-plongé » with having the blue sky as background,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, and contrast,
very beautiful light and color tones, TFS


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