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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: 2007-05-25
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-27 15:07
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Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Small Copper or the Common Copper, Lycaena phlaeas. is a butterfly of the Lycaenids or Blues family.

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 larva varies in colour, usually green but sometimes with a purple stripe down the middle of the back and along each side.

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.It is found in a wide variety range of habitats from chalk downlands, heathland, woodland clearings to churchyards and waste ground in cities and 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 widespread and common across Europe, Asia and North America, and also found in North Africa.Depending on the habitat Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) are the two main foodplants although other Docks (Rumex) species are occasionally used. The eggs are laid singly on the underside of foodplant leaves and the young larvae 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 the further north you go. In exceptionally good years a fourth brood sometimes occurs in the south and adults can still be seen flying into November. The butterfly overwinters as a larva.

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Ciao Luciano,
questo è un primo piano di L. phlaeas coi controfiocchi!
Quello che mi piace di più in questa foto, a parte la composizione e la nitidezza, è la resa pefetta dei colori e delle sfumature arancione di questo comune ma splendido licenide.

good POV to see the... wings
however the quality is great, fine details

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-27 18:50]

Hello Luciano
beautiful photo, clear and sharp with great DOF and nice natural colors
regards, Dejan

Hi Luciano,
You are lucky in capturing this one. I missed this capturing on my visit to Darjeeling, India. It is very fast moving and very alert always. Very good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

great macro photo, very nice composition, and color

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2007-12-27 23:00]

ciao Luciano,
un'altra bella farfalla, qui sembra proprio di poterla toccare tanto rislta naturale l'immagine, ottima definizione e splendidi colori, bravo come sempre

Ciao Luciano,
Fine portrait with excellent underside detail of this Small Copper. Certainly one of our most photogenic butterflies. Good POV and colours. Thanks.

Hi Luciano!
This is one of your best macro pictures! Lovely details and sharpness, and very nice POV!
And the note is very informative.
My best greetings from Lodz!

Hello Luciano
Excellent shot of this Small Copper,
Great focusing,pose and exposure,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Preciso enfoque, buena profundidad y sobre
todo mucha belleza, no solo por la mariposa
sino por la flor. Bien captadas las texturas y los colores con una buena iluminación.
Precioso conjunto Luciano.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

Hello Luciano,

Beautiful composition. Excellent sharpness. Great light and wonderful colours.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-28 4:08]

Hi Luciano,
wonderful capture of this Small Copper.
The details in the wing are astonishing!
Beautiful colours and perfect lighting.
Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-28 6:07]

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful capture of the Small Copper on the pretty blossoms. Excellent sharpness in nice backlight and fine colours. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

hello luciano
merci de ton gentil commentaire et félicitations pour cette superbe photo qui nous redonnes un peu de chaleur.
belle présentation, excellents détails et tres jolies couleurs, bravo et merci


Hello Luciano,
veeery nice this Copper with the translucent wings! DOF, contrasts, composition, all are perfect.
My best wishes to you for the New Year

ciao Luciano
quando ti impegni i risultati si vedono!!!!
ottima cattura con dettagli molto nitidi e
una buona resa nonostante la luce non facile.
leggermente sgranato lo sfondo ma devo complimentarmi con te per il risultato!!!


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-28 8:21]

Buongiorno Luciano,
a very detailed and pleasantly coloured picture. The relationship between butterfly and flower is nicely shown with pretty good sharpness just of the important parts of the picture, meaning that depth of field has been well selected here.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-28 8:46]

Hi Luciano.
Wonderful scenery and superb image of the beautiful butterfly. I like vivid colours and great sharpness/details of the insect. BG is very pictorial and impressive too. My compliments and TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-28 9:12]

Bonjour Luciano ! C'est d'une netteté irréprochable, superbe composition et couleurs naturelle ! Bravo et merci ! Ciao !


Ciao Luciano
È splendido il vostro "ramato comune", così li chiamano in Francia
i colori e la chiarezza è realmente riuscita. Grazie

Hola Luciano.
Muy buenos detalles los de la mariposa con un colorido fenomenal.
La flor quizá un poco OE.
Saludos y felicidades para tí y los tuyos en estas fechas tan especiales, JL.

Grazie Luciano per questa ventata di Primavera, splendidi colori, eccellente macro, tecnicamente ben eseguita, bella composizione con un magnifico fiore a far compagnia alla bella farfalla, se non ci risentiamo tanti auguri di uno splendido 2008, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Luciano,
C'est d'une netteté parfaite, bravo ! Ces petits papillons sont toujours très photogéniques, merci du partage et meilleurs voeux également. Quant à retrouver l'Italie gagnante en 2008 ... Seule la France a réussi à confirmer son titre de championne du monde (98) en championne d'europe (2000) ! Contre qui, déjà ? ...Mais si, rappelez vous : notre buteur en or joue chez vous maintenant, à la juve...
Encore tous mes voeux pour 2008 et merci pour vos commentaires.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-29 1:20]

Hi Luciano,
Just marking it to come back later with a proper critique.

Ciao Luciano,
You do such a wonderful capture of butterflies. Excellent detail and lighting. POV and BG are also right on the mark. Very Nicely Done. Good notes. TFS
May your New Year be Blessed with Peace and Happiness.

Hello Luciano,
Very good. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-01 1:36]

Hola Luciano,
interesante macro y color,
buen foco y detalles...
Happy New Year

Hi Luciano,
Very nice macro shot! Great colours and composition. Perfect DOF, thanks


Hello Luciano

Excellent macro of this butterfly over its flower,
with fine POV and the way diagonally it is framed
on the image, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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