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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: 6417 W: 89 N: 15567] (65144)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-04-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-04-10 7:55
Viewed: 139
Points: 16
[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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Ciao Luciano, gran bella verdolina, sempre difficile da fare, l'hai ripresa alla grande, bellissima la tonalità di verde, ottimi dettagli e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 63 W: 2 N: 140] (1437)
  • [2019-04-10 11:57]

Hi Luciano
Sharpness and dof are the best, as usual.
Beautiful butterfly and useful information.

Tfs

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 328 W: 12 N: 89] (9509)
  • [2019-04-10 20:38]

Amazing catch that how come matching with background, crisp sharp and well exposed. The height of nature photography, TFS.

Hello Luciano,
I meet this specie only once in my region. It is rare in Romania.
Excellent colors and details as usual.
Marius.

Hi Luciano,
Interesting butterfly. Never seen before.

Have a nice weekend.
Regards,
Biswarup

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful butterfly and excellent capture. Details are really good with splendid exposure Well managed background and as well as good sharp picture.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,
Srikumar

Hi Luciano,
Color-wise more or less similar species as on your other photo what I just commented, but what a difference in exposure! This one is very spectacular and the butterfly is perfectly isolated from the similar-colored background. Bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Bonjour Luciano,

L'insecte est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Thècle de la ronce. La lumière donne de belles teintes aux couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.

Pierre

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