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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: 2012-04-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-09 15:19
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[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 Luciano,
fine capture of this butterfly with good sharpness and beautiful colours. I also like its pose on the flower and the nicely green background.
Best wishes,

Hello Luciano,

A beautiful capture with great coloration, sharpness & BG.

TFS & regards


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2012-04-09 17:17]

Cioa Luciano,

Beautiful photo of the lovely butter fly on top of the white flower. Really nice detials, love the natural and beuatiful colors. Good composition and excellent quality.


Buongiorno Luciano,
ottimamente ripresa questa Callophrys C. rubi,
ottimi dettagli e resa dei colori, piacevole taglio e note interessanti.

Buona settimana anche per te

Salut Luciano

Une très belle photo avec un choix approprié
du cadrage en vertical, belle lumière,
excellent focus netteté et détails, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-09 23:52]

Hello Luciano.
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly with very impressive sharpness and colours. I like the shape of its wings and the classical pose. Perfect DOF and POV. Very nice composition too.Best regards Siggi

colors are gorgeous, splendid compo and photo!
regards Luciano


Well composed pic of the subject with excellent sharpness, OOF BG, DOF, lighting and clarity of the image.

Hello Luciano,
Very good macro,fine compozition and colors,and good background and lighting.
Best regards

Ciao Luciano. Una bomba atomica per nitidezza e dettaglio! Spero ti sia risparmiato, questa volta, punture di spini vari....... Ottimo il verticale per un POV forzato ma alquanto efficace. Mi sa che dovrai inventarti qualche novità che qui si rasenta la perfezione.....


Ciao Luciano
Wonderful macro my Friend.Great pose and composition,beautiful greens and light.Impressive sharpness.
Have a good day and thank You

Dear Luciano,
I didn't see this species of butterfly in our area, so it is a new for me, thanks for sharing,
the picture is well composed and sharp as your early and future post. nice POV.
with best wishes.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-10 6:14]

Beautiful species perched on lovely flowers, good image. tfs.

Ciao Luciano, bella piccolina, l'ho vista solo volare prima che tornasse il grande freddo, sto verde metallizzato fa inpazzire, ne sei venuto fuori da gran campione, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
PS da me stamane 1 sopra zero, tornata la neve sopra le montagne e tempaccio a non finire

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-10 6:39]

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this butterfly. Beautiful natural colours and a very good DOF. Excellent choice of composition.

Hello Luciano,
A very nice photo with amazing details and sharpness. Lovely natural colors and exceptional dept of field. This butterfly has such excellent green colors. Incredible focus and light.
Thanks for sharing!

hello Luciano
super good sharpness and great details
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hi, Luciano
A confirmation that spring has finally arrived - at least in Italy (it's still very cold here). Excellent sharpness and nice natural colours here, and the small damage shows the plain brown colour of the upper surface of the wings. It is often hard to spot this little species ;-)
Best wishes, Nigel.

Hello Luciano.
This is another wonderful gift for butterfly fan. The greenish tone is well seen and captured with stunning sharp details. Love the focus and the perch on that tiny flower.
Thanks and have a nice day.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-11 6:05]

Hi Luciano.
You have achieved a top level of details and reproduction of all features of the cute butterfly and small flowers. Exposure and reproduction of white tones are superb. I love impressive composition of the image and splendid smooth BG. Well done and TFS.

Another great macro Luciano! Very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-11 22:04]

Hello Luciano,
exciting colors of this butterfly. The details are so fine, especially the fine silvery powdery look on its wings.
Wonderful clarity and perching position too.
good moment well shown.


Hello Luciano
Magnificent details of this beautiful butterfly, great colors and composition. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

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