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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: 2008-09-24
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/300 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-26 5:11
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I'm in vacation until 6 October,have a nice time!!!

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.

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Hi Lousat...

This is the first time I checked out your gorgeous butterfly (and other insect) photos... all are very beautifully done but I really like this latest. Outstandingly and beautifully composed and captured here among the flowers. TFS. Also very informative notes...


Ciao Luciano, buone vacanze anche da TN, grazie per averci lasciato con questa bellissima foto, splendida Lycaena tra deliziose margherite, la tecnica è ottima come al solito, ma qui si aggiunge la bellezza di una foto composta molto bene, bravissimo, beccane tante quando sei fuori, a presto, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-26 5:52]

Hello Luciano,
Great capture of this Copper showing it among the little daisies. Sharp focus and lovely details and colours. A very summery and beautiful composition!
Have a lovely holiday!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Have a nice vacation Luciano, your parting shot is a beauty my friend, executed quite expertly in a fine natural environment. TFS and cheers,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-26 7:41]

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful macro shot with superb composition and pov,great sharpness with marvellous colours.well done.

Enjoy Luciano...thanks for leaving us this wonderful image! It is 3d...third dimensional looking. A VERY nice addition to your already superb gallery!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-26 9:50]

Hi Luciano. This isa beautiful butterfly which you have taken so very well. With fine detail and rich colours.Good use of the light showing the wing markings so well. With a good top POV. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-26 10:49]

Hi Luciano,

This Small Copper amongst the daisies is just beautiful. I love the pov - we are looking down on it and get marvelous views of the wings and body. Wonderful rich colors and fine details. A beautiful scene and composition. Have a great vacation - we will miss you.


Ciao Luciano,
splendida macro di saluto in vista delle vacanze che spero tu possa trascorrere felicemente e con grandi sorprese anche dal punto di vista fotografico; eccelenti POV e composizione con una meravigliosa ambientazione, stupenda luminosità, ottima definizione dei dettagli, molto belli anche i colori.
Grazie e complimenti.

Hi My friend Luciano, this beauty is one of my fav. butterfly:) You captured it superbly my friend! Have a nice vacation in Crete.


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-09-26 11:39]

Hola Luciano, bonita fotografia, con buen color y luz.
Una toma nitida y muy agradable. Un saludo

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-26 12:41]

Hello Luciano,

The strong light and beautifull colors bring back the gone summer. You have chosen a good POV showing well wings pattern and colors. There are the vivid colors that are doing the fine contrast with the flowers and background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-26 13:03]

Ciao Luciano,
what a great shot of this beautiful butterfly.
The colours are amazing!
Superb detail, great light and a perfect exposure.
Excellent DOF.

Well done,

Hello Luciano,
reddish lycaenids very beautiful butterflies and I also like tmen very much. Lycaena phlaeas is one of the best. I met it many time in this summer. Your capture great. superb colors, focus and POV under good light. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Luciano. I like the bright colors and the perspective of this butterfly in full spreading wings. The daisies are as beautiful too and this colorful image depicts your mood now, I suppose. Have a wonderful vacation and TFS. Best regards. Jusni

hello Luciano

WOW ! one of TN's most beautiful shots of butterfly,
fine POV, DOF and framing, i love the way the butterfly
is framed between the 2 flowers, beautiful colours,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Luciano.
More a beauty of image, very well composed!
Wonderful coloration, appropriate exposure.
Excellent texture, details and contrast.
José Roberto

CIAO Luciano,
è uno scatto di incorniciare. Bellissimi i dettagli ed i colori della farfalla e ben ritratto il bianco delle margherite. Hai colto l'attimo con la posa della farfalla dando movimento a tutta la foto. Buona vacanza e buona luce!

Hi Lousat...
Papatyalarla çok güzel bir çalışma.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-27 7:32]

Hello Luciano,
A photo in fantastic summer colours. Splendid clarity. Excellent sharpness, details, POV and composition.

Beautiful!!!! :)

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-27 23:36]

Dear Luciano,
Enjoying your vaccation you must be...but i have to stop by and admire one of your wonderful shots today.
Brilliant cpature, with great colours, details and clarity.The contrast offered by the daisies and the b-fly's colours make a nice composition.
Very well done.
Enjoy your vaccation...

See you soon.
Take care

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-27 23:54]

Hello Luciano, amazing shot and an wonderful composition. Well done Ganesh

Bonjour Luciano,
Photo admirablement bien réussie , superbe macro photo aux chaudes couleurs et une très belle netteté . j'adore et très jolie photo et POV...
tous mes compliments


Well composed pic that shows excellent detail of the subject, sharpness, good POV, DOF and clarity of the image.
I enjoy the lighting that brings out the natural colour in the subject also.

Bonjour Luciano,

Superbe capture de ce cuivré. Superbe composition avec toutes ces pâquerettes. Excellente netteté. Très belles lumière et couleurs.
Bonne journée,

Bonsoir Luciano,
J'espère que tu profites bien de tes vacances et que tu nous ramènera plein de photos! Superbe ce Lycaena dans son environnement avec un excellent focus sur le papillon et les fleurs. A la prochaine,

ehila! non ho molto tempo ma vedo cche ti sei dtao da fare con granddisismi risultati
buone vacanze!!

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-10-04 9:52]

Hello Luciano,

Great picture of this butterfly
Great color and lighting


Hi Lousat.
Excellent shot..Very nice composition...They both look pretty....TFS.
Kind regards,

Hello Luciano,
wonderful picture of this small copper.
Good focus and sharpness on the butterfly and the flowers.
Beautiful colors. Very nice composition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-08 9:29]

Hi Luciano.
What a perfect scene you managed to picture. It is full of charming flowers, stems, colours and lights. Its main character is amazing and reproduced greatly. POV and wingspread of the butterfly are very impressive and details are ultimate too. Bravo. Well done and TFS.

Bella composición con una gran fuerza ( y vida ) por el conjunto de colores y sus mezclas. Buena luz y acertada composición.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Stunning! Wonderful bright colours. Very good realization.
Best wishes,

Hi Luciano,
Fantastic capture of this rarely seen butterfly. Everything is perfect: composition, sharpness, details, focus and colors. I like it so much, and tfs,

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