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Lycaena phlaeas on Erigeron.

Lycaena phlaeas on Erigeron.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-21 5:48
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Lycaena phlaeas.

Erigeron annuus (L.) Pers.

Daisy Fleabane

Family: Asteraceae

Lycaena phlaeas (Linnaeus, 1761)

Small Copper
Kleiner Feuerfalter
Kleine vuurvlinder
Liten guldvinge
Lille ildfugl
Czerwończyk żarek
Ohniváčik čiernokrídly
Ohniváček černokřídlý
Cuivré commun
Manto bicolor

Family: Lycaenidae (Blues)

Wingspan: 25 - 30 mm.

A sunny day in late summer. Erigeron annuus (Daisy Fleabane, Feinstrahl) in blossom at forest borders and paths.

The Small Copper visiting Erigeron blossoms could have been taken in Europe just as well as somewhere in Canada. Once a foreign invader imported from North America in the 18th century, Erigeron has become widespread and well accepted in Central Europe.

And also Lycaena phlaeas is widely distributed: Canary Islands, Madeira, North Africa, all parts of Europe, temperate Asia and the northeastern parts of North America. The Small Copper is probably one of the most common blues, often seen in two to three generations from April to October. It inhabits all kinds of habitats from the lowlands up to elevations of 2700m.

Caterpillars feed on Rumex and Polygonum.


Forest meadows near the village of St. Daniel, Kötschach-Mauthen, Gailtal valley, Carinthia, at an elevation of 800m.


L.G. Higgins, N.D. Riley, W. Forster (bearb.): Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Hamburg und Berlin 1978²

Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

Walter Schön: Schmetterling - Raupe: http://www.schmetterling-raupe.de

M. A. Fischer, W. Adler, & K. Oswald: Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, Linz 2005



SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm macro (= 96mm at 35mm SLR), F/6.3, 1/200sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 22.08.2007, 13:07.


Photoshop Elements, cropped, downsized to web, resharpened, levels adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

Alex99, fartash, Argus, XOTAELE, tiklod, uleko, ellis49, phlr, marhowie, cataclysta, nglen, Janice, jrobertop, nirmalroberts, angybone, Silke, anel, jmp has marked this note useful
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HI Peter,
Beatutiful composition of the threee flowers and the small copper,great clarity and nice DOF

Splendida composizione, colori naturali e perfetta messa a fuoco.
Una farfalla comune, ma non per questo meno bella e interessante.

Dear Peter
Very intersting shot of this Small Copper,
Perfect details,BG and lighting,Welldone.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-21 6:36]

Hello Peter,
Delightful late summer capture of L. phlaeas contrasting well against the flowers of daisy fleabane and the foliage. Fine colouring, sharpness and composition.
Nice to sse now that winter is approaching!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-21 6:39]

Hi, dear Peter.
What a great DOF and wonderful set of colours. But first of all about flowers. Three amazing flowers and all are in focus. It is fantastic so as fantastic is tremendous exactness of details, fine delicate light and pleasant refined colours (white, yellow an green). It is clear that beautiful butterfly, which is sitting on the second flower, is reflected so perfectly. A bit blurred green leaves serve as a charming BG for this cute subject. POV, as usual, is the most impressive. My compliments and best regards.
P.S. Thank for touching comments.

Fabulosa imagen bien encuadrada.
Ajustados tonos y excelente presentación.
Saludos cordiales. JL.

Hi Peter,
Thanks for your support :-)

This WONDERFUL picture has soft and tender beautiful light and colours! Great details. I like the mood of this fantastic photo.


Hello peter
This is superb..the three daisies in a row with their superbly captured colours are wonderful..and the detail and sharpness on the small copper is outstanding.
tfs and best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-21 8:37]

Hello Peter,
I like the daisies as much as the Small Copper here and they certainly complement each other! Excellent DOF, impressive sharp details, lovely colours and a splendid composition.
Many thanks and regards,Ulla

Hi Peter,
this small butterfly is beautiful, the colours and light is lovely.
Good sharpness with fine detail and I like the POV too.
Well done.

Hi Peter,
What a delightful image. I really like the artistic composition, exposure, and natural colors I see. Excellent details & PP work :)
PS - Just got my internet connectivity issue resolved yesterday. I've employed the use of a router, rather than the direct connect to my home satellite modem..Hope it sticks :)

Nicely composed with butterfly on the right and great flowers. Good OOF background. Pretty good sharpness on main object
I like it very much

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-21 12:37]

Hi Peter. Just marking your very good photo as i am very short of time.

Hola Peter, una toma llena de sensibilidad donde plasmas muy bien la sutileza de esas delicadas formas y bellos colores. Amplia profundidad y buen encuadre. Preciosa !!

Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-10-21 16:20]

Hi Peter, this is a lovely image of the Small Copper and the Erigeron daisies look good too. Well composed image, he is nice and clear to see.

Hi Peter.
Perfect shot! Wonderful butterfly!
Excellent definition, pretty composition.
Butterfly nothing common for us, Brazilians.
Impressive the wealth of details.
Well done!
José Roberto

hello peter,
lovely shot, the pov is nice, you have managed the exposure very well here, nice colours, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Peter,
Very well composed picture with three flowers and a big bud. Also, the butterfly at the right position. Good sharpness and colours. Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

You set the bar with your work. Such perfection - amazing lighting! Wonderfully clear and sharp. Excellently composed. Just beautiful!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-22 7:01]

Stunning colours and details on this lovely summer capture!
I love the way your crispness shows off the soft edges of the wings -- beautifully contrasted against the crispness of the petals

bonjour peter
rien a redire,même l'exposition est parfaitement maitrisée sur le paquerettes.
le papillon est tres detaillé et parfaitement net.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-22 11:24]

Lieber Peter,
Dieses Bild ist voller Frische und erzählt uns von einer andern Jahreszeit.Und der Feurfalter geniesst es sichtlich neben so kleinen Schönheiten zu posieren. Bis jetzt hatte ich bei den Feuerfaltern noch nie den roten Saum an den Unterflügeln bemerkt.
Bin ein wenig spät, Internetprobleme.
Einen schönen Abend und herzlichen Dank für das fröhliche Schmetterlingsbild

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-06 13:49]

Hi Peter,
Not just a great capture of this butterfly, but a nice photo of the daisies. Perfect exposure on all the subjects, excellent details and really broad dof. The whole image looks great and full of interest.
TFS, José M.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-11 5:16]

Hello Peter
What a marvellous conjunction, the beautiful Lycaena and those pretty little daisies. Excellent exposure with very good details and a beautiful composition.
My compliments and best regards.

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