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Lycaena phlaeas

Lycaena phlaeas
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-16 4:20
Viewed: 1965
Points: 44
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Phylum: Arthropoda

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 belongs to the subgenus Thersamolycaena of the genus Lycaena.

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 12-16 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: tutta Italia comprese le isole.
Habitat: specie euricora, si rinviene nei prati dal piano basale a quello montano e cacuminale, sino a circa 2000 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: tre, con sfarfallamento in aprile-maggio, giugno-luglio e agosto-settembre.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-16 4:48]

Ciao Roberto,
l'immagine è bellissima: molto nitida, ottima resa dei colori, POV e contrasto con lo sfondo scuro perfetti. Come al solito, un grande lavoro! Complimenti!
Un saluto

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-01-16 6:00]

hello roberto

very cute butterfly with so details.well composed and sharpness.i only doubt about the direction of butterfly.i meen about head.
very nice work u have done my friend.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-16 6:50]

Beautiful small copper with excellent colors on lovely flower. good image. tfs.

Hello Roberto,
Another interesting macro with splendid focus and perfect sharp details.
It is a wonderful capture from a perfect POV.
Amazing exposure and excellent clarity as usual.
Wonderful natural colors and nice contrast against the dark background.

A perfect photo of beautiful butterfly in a nice setting. Excellent detail and light, good background.
regards yiannis

hello Roberto
Super sharpness and great details
the light and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-16 8:30]

Hello Roberto,
High quality photo in splendid light and fantastic sharpness and details. Perfect contrast against the matching background. Excellent POV and composition.

Ciao Roberto,
Perfect macro of the Butterfly on the flower! Excellent sharpness and detail with splendid colours. Beautiful POV and DOF my friend.
Best regards,

Ciao Roberto
Un'altro grande scatto ricco di dettagli e di colori,
Bella profondità di campo e nitidezza, grazie della condivisione.
Ciao Nico

very good composition and colour with great sharp image.

Hello Roberto
Another great macro with very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Ciao Roberto, comune ma di questa qualità è sempre bella da vedre, ottima macro con magnifica nitidezza, piacevole composizione, splendidi dettagli e bei colori naturali, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-16 10:36]

Hello Roberto,
very nice butterfly photo , I like the very rich colors ,also very good composition, point of view, and details. Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Hello Roberto,
great capture of this beautiful butterfly with good sharpness and wonderful colours. I especially like your perfect exposure and the fine contrast against the dark background.
Best wishes,

Hi Roberto,
amazing colours, perfect composition. Nice sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Roberto,
eccellente fotografia , ottima nitidezza , contrasto e colori.
Grande Roberto, , ma quante ne avete in archivio, sia Tu che gli altri amici "farfallari" ??? :-)
Complimenti e grazie per la condivisione.
Ciao Vanni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-16 13:31]

Ciao Roby,un classico dei nostri prati,forse un po' troppo sharp,colori bellissimi e un bianco impressionante della margheritina.Buonanotte,Luciano

Roberto, this is a beautiful capture of this butterfly. You did a great job getting this shot. Have a great day, Bill

Hello Roberto,
Very nice butterfly shot with vibrant colors.
Love the close wings details and framing of this shot.
Thanks and kind regards,

elegant composition so beautiful, high standards performance!
regards Roberto


a well composed photo of this lovels L.phlaeas, especially sharpness is very impressive.


Just lovely..pure excellence in every way

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