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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: 2014-04-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-13 12:50
Viewed: 1568
Points: 32
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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 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 (Linnaeus 1761) Argo bronzeo.

Licenide dalle ali anteriori rosso-dorate, con fascia marginale scura e macchie nere. Le ali posteriori sono brune con margine posteriore rossiccio e dentellato; portano, inoltre, un abbozzo di appendici caudali. Inferiormente, la livrea è di tonalità fulva con macchie nere orlate di giallo sulle anteriori e colore bruno-grigiastro sulle posteriori, con sparsi piccoli puntini neri.

In genere due o tre generazioni, talvolta anche quattro in dipendenza dalle condizioni climatiche. Il bruco, lungo non più di 15 mm, si presenta tozzo e col corpo verde percorso lateralmente da due linee rossastre. Si nutre di Poligonacee (gen. Rumex e Polygonum); quelli dell'ultima generazione svernano e riprendono lo sviluppo e la conseguente ninfosi nella primavera successiva.

Distribuzione ed ecologia
Diffusa con alcune sottospecie dalle regioni orientali nordamericane al Giappone. Quella europea, presente in tutto il continente, oltre che in Nordafrica, è una delle farfalle più comuni, spingendosi dalla pianura ad oltre i 2000 m. Nel territorio la si osserva facilmente nelle radure boschive e nelle campagne coltivate.

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Sai che questa specie non mi resiste........! Ne ho già una marea in tutte le salse. Bei colori ottima luce, difficile da gestire. Anche il dettaglio è perfetto.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-04-13 14:18]

Hello Luciano,
What a beauty, this macro. The butterfly sits totally free on a blade of grass. Ideal for a perfect sharp picture. And you succeeded very well. Fantastic details. Light and colours are gorgeous. Nice blurry background.

Hello Luciano

Very beautiful photo with very fine POV and specially the framing with
leaving very good free space in-front, its pose and the very good free space
in-front are giving dynamism to the image, beautiful light and color tones, TFS


Three layers of the wings of this butterfly are visible within the frame, Luciano.
Each layer has a distinct character to it in terms of colours and patterns, which you have recorded with professional dexterity.
The new season has arrived.
Thanks for sharing this fresh image.

Hello Luciano,
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 第一次見到這種品種 非常驚奇和讚美
光線亮麗 綠綠草也很漂亮 搭配的非常美麗 動人 真是美麗的作品
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-04-14 7:18]

Ciao Luciano,
Natural and very beautiful ..
Beautiful light, excellent detail and exposure.
Best wishes,

hallo Luciano
super good picture and very good composition
i like the colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Luciano!
Great shot of this butterfly in very good sharpness and details. Very good point of view, beautiful natural colors and a pleasant green BG.Thanks for sharing this lovely composition,
Best Regards,

Hello Luciano,
Looks like a swimmer-ready to jump into the water!Excellent capture.Like its colour and details against such attractive well managed green BG.Good composition too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Luciano, Wonderful POV with great DOF. Splendid light and colours along with details. Marvelous clarity as the hair of the butterfly clearly visible. Great shot. Thank for sharing

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-04-14 19:47]

Hello Luciano,
Looks like this pretty little copper is just about to take flight. Nicely captured and displaying nice detail and beautiful colors. I don't have much luck photographing these tiny butterflies, they perch so very low to the ground and never seem to sit still.

Hello Luciano,
A gorgeous picture with a nice specie of butterfly. Details and colors are exceptional as usual. Perfect DOF and focus....
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Lucano, per la par condicioo lo stesso commento che ho fatto a Roberto, deliziosa piccoletta con fantastici dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Love the pose and comp, excellent techs Luciano.
Some outstanding images in your gallery BTW :)
Well done!

You use your Sony C. DSC HX200V to perfection!!!
Great notes.
Wonder if the blade of grass was full of sugar ... to attract this most lovely butterfly? Ha! ha! ha!
And, how are you able to get so close to get a MACRO without the help of an extra lens?
Blends well with its soft background.
Best regards,

Hello Luciano
Wonderful macro with full of detail and lovely natural colour.
Best wishes,

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