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Sooty Copper

Sooty Copper
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 4:20
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows a specimen of
- Lycaena tityrus
- family: Lycaenidae

English: Sooty Cooper
German: Schwefelvögelchen

The species occurs in middle and south Europe and Asia eastwards to Siberia. It likes open and flower-rich grass-land but can also be found at humid forest-clearings. In mountain-regions, tityrus can be found at elevations up to 2500 m.

Wingspan: about 25 mm.
Foodplant of the caterpillar: Rumex spec., in particular Rumex acetosa

Location: North Italian Alps, Val Ultimo, Kornigl (mountain), 1800 m, humid and very flower-rich place. The relative species, L. virgaureae, also occured at the same place.

Here are some links to pictures of closely related species:
- Lycaena virgaureae, female, upperside: see here
- Lycaena virgaureae, male, upperside: see here
- Lycaena alciphron, female, underside: see here

- bright sun-light
- ISO 200
- hand-held

* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Huemer P. (2004) Die Tagfalter Südtirols. - Folio Verlag, Wien - Bozen.

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Hi Peter
Tight crop and unusual POV. I like it. Interesting effect with OOF flower in background, good sharpness
Best wishes

Beautiful capture with great detail and good DOF. Bravo!
Cheers, Klaus

hello peter,
this is a fine capture of the sooty copper butterfly, liked the details captured and this small butterfly looks pretty resting on the flower, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hello Peter,
Such a nice, but really sooty-looking, butterfly sharply exposed on a daisy-like flower and also framed by another OOF daisy in the BG. Very good composition indeed!

Hello Peter,
This is really superb. I like the hairy details and the sharpness of the antennas. Well captured on this gorgeous white/yellow flower.


p/s: Thanks for trying to ID my moth - appreciated!

Bonjour Peter
Très belle prise, couleurs, contraste netteté et lumière. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

hello peter,

superb shot and detail, amazing subject relate to the background.


Ciao Peter,
ho incontrato questa bella specie sulle Alpi (Trentino).
Quando è posata ad ali chiuse, si riconosce subito per le 4 macchie nere disposte ai vertici di un quadrato al centro dell'ala inferiore.
La tua foto mostra in maniera eccellente e chiara il complesso disegno alare.
Ciao e buon fine settimana,

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-01-26 10:51]

hello Peter,
the composition is not perfect but even that it's a nice on to look at with fine details, good photojob, have a nice evening.
gr. jaap

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-01-26 10:53]

Hi Peter,
The ¨furr¨looks great,it so sharp that one would like to touch it. natural colours and good compo. Beautiful feeling of 3 dimensionality.

Hi Peter,
Technically superb, especially good DOF in this macro. A very good example of what can be done in bright lighting conditions. Getting 1/250 at f/18 with ISO 200 makes it a really bright day. Congratulations.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-27 1:06]

Hi Peter,
Great macro, fantastic details and beautiful POV,
Great work!
best regards, Dejan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-27 3:26]

Hello Peter,
Very beautiful photo of this Butterfly. Excellent contrasting colours with the OOF flowers in the BG. Great sharpness and details.

Hi Peter

Superb image of this Copper.
Brilliant sharpness and DOF.
Great POV and well composed.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-27 12:47]

Hello Peter,
Excellent macro,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours.TFS

Peter, un trabajo que ronda el nivel de la perfección. Angulo de disparo difícil pero muy conseguido. Gran claridad en todo el cuerpo de la mariposa y sorprendentes los colores. Gran equilibrio en la composición y un fondo que ayuda a ello. Enhorabuena !!

J. Ignasi Tejedor.

Hi Peter,
This is wonderful macro picture. Enjoy seeing the details that you captured. Pleasant composition. TFS this beauty.

Hi Peter, wonderful butterfly and lovely flower, great composition with splendid colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Great capture, Peter, always dificult!!! Well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-28 23:37]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding macro shot with such awesome details and colours. Superb lighting and exposure and I like this pose too. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-29 5:35]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful capture of the underside of the Sooty Copper. Very sharp details and beautiful colours. I like its pose and the background of Daisies. Very well composed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

bonjour peter
cette macro est splendide,parfaitement exposée,nette et aves beaucoup de details sur les ailes,le BG est tres bon,seul le pov aurait été mieux un peu de face(enfin ce n'est que mon avis).

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