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A different soup

A different soup
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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: 2017-10-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-10-30 17:14
Viewed: 777
Points: 14
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In this month all the photography web sites are invaded by the usual pictures of yellow and red trees photographed from any angle. Always the same soup, which every year we have to digest fatiguefully. I thought I would do something different, the same colors but with a beautiful butterfly that recalls the autumn colors.

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.

In questo mese tutti i siti web di fotografia, sono invasi dalle solite immagini di alberi gialli e rossi fotografati da qualsiasi angolazione. Sempre la stessa minestra, che ogni anno dobbiamo digerire faticosamente. Ho pensato di fare qualcosa di diverso, gli stessi colori ma con una bella farfallina che richiama i colori autunnali.

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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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-10-31 3:54]

Hello Luciano,
As I sit here eating a cream stick and drinking coffee before starting my work day I get to enjoy viewing this colorful butterfly of yours. A lovely specimen displaying beautiful colors and sharp detail. The butterflies are pretty much gone for the season here in Ohio, you are fortunate to still have some to photograph.

hallo Luciano
very nice picture with good sharpness and lovely colours
thanks for your nice comments
gr lou

Hello Luciano,
It doesn't matter whether species is common, try to capture it in different way :-)
Well captured this Small Copper. Good details and colour. I like POV too.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Luciano, malridotta, ma normale di questi tempi, colori ancora brillanti, splendida nitidezza e bei dettagli, gran macro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Luciano
Indeed a different soup eh eh!The same autumn colors in a wonderful crispy butterfly.Superb colors and light.Impressive sharpness.Well done!
Have a good day and thanks.
José Diogo

Hello Luciano,
I have some login problems with TN.....I do not know if other members have the same problems for more than a week.....
Nice details and very good focus. This is a specie found also in the woods near the town I live.
This year I do not meet this specie. Very good composition in late autumn....

Bonjour Luciano,

Les feuilles cadrent bien le papillon. la prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Cuivré commun. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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