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Callophrys rubi

Callophrys rubi
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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: 2011-05-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-11 7:26
Viewed: 2137
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Callophrys

Species: C. rubi

The Green Hairstreak is a small butterfly, which is still widespread across most of the UK, although many colonies have been lost in recent years. Widespread across Europe and North Africa and eastwards through Asia well into Siberia. The upperside is a uniform dull brown with two paler patches on the male's forewings made up of scent scales. The undersides are a bright green with a thin white line, often reduced to a faint row of dots or even missing altogether. They never rest with their wings open.
It has what is probably one of the largest range of foodplants of any British butterfly. Early butterfly collectors thought that the only foodplant was Bramble (blackberry) Rubus fruticosus hence its scientific name, but as its habits became better understood the list grew and will probably continue to do so. Depending on the habitat it will use Common Rock Rose Helianthemum nummularium, Bird's-foot trefoil Lotus corniculatus, Gorse Ulex europaeus, Broom Cytisus scoparius, Dyer's Greenweed Genista tinctoria, Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus, Dogwood Cornus sanguinea, Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica, Cross-leaved Heath Erica tetralix and Bramble. This range of foodplants means that it is able to use a range of habitats including chalk downland, heathland, moorland and woodland. The eggs are laid singly and the caterpillars are green with yellow markings along the back. Like other members of the family they are rather sluglike. They are not known to be tended by ants like some lycid larvae but the pupae, which are formed at ground level, emit squeaks which attract ants and it is thought that ants will always bury any that are found. Green Hairstreaks overwinter as pupae and have one brood a year.

Callophrys rubi (Linnaeus 1758) Tecla del rovo.

Questo bel licenide è caratterizzato da una livrea superiormente bruna, cui contrasta il verde delle parti inferiori. Le ali posteriori mostrano, di sotto, una serie non sempre completa di piccoli punti bianchi postdiscali. Breve accenno di appendici caudali.
Dalle crisalidi svernanti, in aprile emergono gli adulti che daranno luogo ad una sola generazione. I bruchi sono corti e verdi, con due linee di disegni obliqui verdi-giallastri; la testa è bruna, retrattile. Frequentano Leguminose, sia arbustacee come Cytisus o erbacee come Lotus; altre piante larvali sono le eriche, l'alaterno e il rovo.
Vastissimo l'areale: dall'Europa alla Siberia ed oltre; presente anche in Nordafrica. Diffusa ovunque in Italia, dalla pianura ai 2500 m.

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hello Neighbour Luciano
very nice coloured picture
great pose and good details of this beauty
very nice BG to
greeting lou

Hi Luciano,
Another classic macro shot of the beautiful butterfly, very well composed with sharp and clarity are spot on,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-11 7:42]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent sharp detailed photo in beautiful natural colours. Good contrasting dark BG. Nice composition.

Hi Luciano,
what a mix of colours. Excellent point of view. I like perfect sharpness and composition.
Have a nice evening,

Very nice picture luciano,

great sharpness on this green. A lot of contrast!


Hi Luciano,

Fabulous presentation of this Calophrys rubi Butterfly, unusual and amazing colours, nice and sharp and a wonderful pose,
I particularly like the dark green background that pulls the Butterfly forward,
Congratulations Luciano and well done,
Best regards,


A butterfly with an amazing spectrum of colours. Excellent photo. regards yiannis

Salut Luciano

Une autre excellente photo d'un papillon qui pourrait
facilement être camouflé avec son environnement,
excellent POV, très belle lumière, superbe focus
netteté et détails, TFS


Le avevi dato appuntamanto l'anno scorso e vedo che la bella ha risposto. Ottimo POV e supe rgestione del colore. Spero non ti sia costata qualche spina nel tuo profilo migliore.... ah ah!


Hello Luciano
Beautiful photo with excellent POV and composition, wonderful colours and BG, and good sharpness.

bellissimo esemplare , mai trovato, i dettagli e i colori sono molto belli, complimenti Luciano per la foto,

ciao e buona serata,


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-05-11 12:33]

Ciao Luciano,

Your flash does great work showing the photonic effects in this butterfly wings. Excellent capture!



Hola Luciano

Gracias por tu comentario.

Bella mariposa con esos tonos verdes metalizados, nunca la he visto volando. Muy bella.

Un saludo de Antonio

Ciao Luciano,
foto molto interessante dal punto di vista naturalistico. Non ho mai visto questa specie e vedo, grazie alla tua foto, che ha colori fantastici. Ben composta e nitida.,

Ciao Luciano,
splendida immagine di Tecla del rovo, una specie che si sta avviando verso la fine, almeno in pianura, del suo periodo di volo, ottima nitidezza.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Luciano, bellissima piccoletta dai colori cangianti, poi lei si chiama rubi e io son Silvio..., ottimi dettagli e splendida nitidezza, bravo, buona notte, ciao Silvio

The colour pigmentation on this slightly worn species has come out very well, Luciano.
The image is sharp and crisp against a dark plain BG.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Luciano,
Stupenda la tua Rubi, elegante e fine molto più di altre Rubi!
Stupendi i riflessi verde metallizzato e esagerazione di dettagli! Nitidezza strepitosa. Complimenti

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-12 0:39]

The texture and colors are well captured of this lovely species. tfs.

a very beautiful butterfly, very good sharpness, perfect flash exposure with bright colours, nice composition
Best regards

Ciao Luciano, ottima immagine ...come al solito, con una grande luce ed un perfetto sharpness. Ciao, Paolo

Un gran manejo de la luz ( yo en ese sentido no se hacer nada jeje)
Naturalidad y belleza en ese color tan difícil de captar.
Saludos Luciano: Josep Ignasi.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-05-12 8:06]

Ciao Luciano!
Spero di incontrare un giorno questa "affascinante" farfalla dagli splendidi colori "marmorei". Le hai fatto un magnifico ritratto: bellissimo il punto di vista. I dettagli, poi, sono incredibili....antenne, peluria. Magnifico lo sfondo scuro e il posatoio "tuttoverde". Luce meravigliosa.
Grande armonia di colori.
Complimenti, Luciano, non solo la farfalla, ma anche la tua foto è affascinante :)
ciao! vanda

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-05-12 9:31]

Ciao Luciano,
Fine elegant C.Rubi!
This composition is very lovely with butterfly. Very good capture. Excellent sharpness.
Best wishes,

Good evening Luciano,
What a pleasant image with the beautiful soft colours. Admittedly it is an almost two-dimensional image but the DOF is adequate and that is quite an achievement with such a close-up. Well done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-05-13 6:51]

Hello Luciano,
another lively capture and a very appealing one. The colors of the wing is very pleasant and amazing. you have presented it in a very special composition.
The glitters and the shines are really beautiful.
Very well shown.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-15 8:35]

Hello Luciano,
I love this little green butterfly that you've captured so well here! Excellent sharpness and colours against the dark background. Personally I think it would have been even better with a bit more space around.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-06-24 12:44]

Hi Luciano,
The colors on this Hairstreak are amazing. You really did a great job capturing the shimmering effect. The dark BG really enhances the iridescence of the scales.
Great macro. TFS. : )

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