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Tunisian Small Copper

Tunisian Small Copper
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5559 W: 89 N: 14641] (61157)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-03 14:43
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Points: 50
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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 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, beccata al volo appena postata sta piccola Lycaena, deliziosa, bello anche il fiore bianco, ben reso nonostante la luce forte, macro molto piacevole, bravo, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio

Ciao Luciano,
splendida macro di Lycaena phlaeas, mi piace la luminosità prorompente, ottima definizione e magnifici colori.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona domenica
Ciao Maurizio

hello luciana, very good job, perfect thanks my friend...
nice weekend

Ciao Luciano,
Una fantastica qualità di dettaglio in questa farfalla! ... possono contare i peli! ha ha ha! :)... il tuo Lycaena sono più pelosi che il nostro! ha ha ha:) buon lavoro, grazie per la condivisione. Felice Domenica per voi!
Saluti, Jesús

Hi Luciano

Fantastic result. Excellent sharpness and details of both the butterfly and the flower. Good composition and OOF background.


Ciao Luciano. Forse il più diffcile dei POV per questa piccoletta che si presta, sempre e comunque, ad ottime realizzazioni. Eccellente resa dei colori e buona gestione luce.


One segment of the open wing of this Small Copper from Tunisia gives a fair impression of its beauty, Luciano.
Moreover, the shot is well composed with those white flowers making the perch for the subject.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2010-07-03 22:00]

Hello Luciano,
As L.phlaeas seldom rests with the wings wide open this is a good POV to take. The features are shown with fine sharpness and colours in a pleasing composition against the OOF natural BG.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

Hi Luciano,

a nice presentation from this little butterfly with good pov, sharpness and details.

Fine colours.


Hello Luciano,
Nice composition with superb details and excellent colours.
Very good focus and sharpness.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2010-07-03 23:13]

Hi Luciano,
Good closeup picture
Great Color and sharpness


Hola Luciano

Bonita mariposa y composición. Una toma muy bien tratada y de aspecto agradable.

Un saludo de Antonio, buen domingo.

Hallo Luciano
The streaks of gold and silver in the hairiness of this butterly is what caught my eye at first looking at this lovely image. I just like how it shimmers in the sunlight. This is a pretty specimen, with beautiful autumn colours on the wings, add to that the shiny colours as already mentioned and you have one great presentation here. The flower is just as lovely and the background pleasing. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5124 W: 166 N: 12972] (48194)
  • [2010-07-04 2:54]

Hello Luciano,
Another very sharp detailed photo in very beautiful light and colours. Great POV and composition.

Bonjour Luciano,
Une bien jolie presentation,la netteté est superbe et les couleurs bien redues
Bon dimanche
PS: nous venons de rentrer de notre voyage dans l'ouest des USA,avec quelques 1400 photos a trier,cela prendra du temps !

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3048 W: 3 N: 8690] (40462)
  • [2010-07-04 6:28]

Bonjour Luciano,
Pas Cuggiono, mais Tabarka, voilà qui nous mène bien au sud de ta Lombardie!! Mais une fleur et un papillon qui nous sont familiers. Belle luminosité captée par le photographe.
Bon dimanche

Gran nitidez y preciosos colores. Acusada profundidad lo que confiere un gran realismo al conjunto.

Hello Luciano,
excellent capture from an interesting POV and impressive sharpness,
TFS, regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2943 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-07-04 12:42]

Hi Luciano my good friend i hoe all is well with you and your family. I have missed many fine picture like this one of a Tunisian Small Copper Butterfly. Which you have been able to take with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given natural looking colours. Well taken TF.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1000 W: 0 N: 944] (13602)
  • [2010-07-04 13:15]

Hello Luciano,
An excellent macro shot of this very beautiful butterfly with great colors,sharpness and taken from a fine POV.Vey well done!..
Have a nice night!

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 120 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2010-07-04 15:38]

Hi Luciano,

Excellent macro of the small Copper, the sharpness and the colors are perflectly realised and satured.
Beautifull détails and light, the compositon with the flower is amazing.
TFS, very nice job.
Best regards.

bonjour Luciano
ce Cuivré Commun est rès bien photographié, jolie POV et délicate pose sur cette adorable fleur blanche éclairée par un beau soleil de printemps,
superbes couleurs et details
Passe une bonne nuit

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2010-07-05 0:52]

Hello Luciano,
excellent beauty. The sharpness of the flower and the butterfly is really giving this composition a pleasant view.
The angle of light is very effective.
Lively presentation in an exciting colours.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1129 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-07-05 10:04]

Hi Luciano
What a great closed up.Well composed image with great POV and very sharp image with lovely detail.I also like those beutiful natural colors
TFS Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2010-07-06 4:45]

Hello Luciano,
A lovely view of the Small Copper on the white flower. Great details of the wing markings and lovely natural colours. Well composed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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