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Small Copper

Small Copper
Photo Information
Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Sigma 70-300mm DL Macro, Digital ISO 200, Sonia Close-up +3
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-21 19:12
Viewed: 3113
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) Kleine Vuurvlinder

A common and widespread little butterfly easily identifyable in the UK. (There are similar species in continental Europe). The upperside forwings are a bright orange with a dark outside edge border and with eight or nine black spots. The hindings 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 forwings 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 larva varies in colour, usually green but sometimes with a purple stripe down the middle of the back and along each side.

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 mercelessly and mating usually occurs low down in vegetation.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-21 19:37]

Hello Thijs

A very nice photo of this copper.Nice DOF and POV.The colours are well saturated.Very nice blurry BG.Nice composition and framing.TFS


Hallo Thijs,
Great shot, sharp and nice details. Well composed picture. Blurry BG makes the butterfly stand-out. Good simple white frame.

Ben Lakitan

nice shot and good composition, nice dof, well captured shot with details.

Nice shot of this small Copper. very good colours and composition. The flower is little fuzzy but the main object ios perfect. Thanks


Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-22 12:36]

Hi Thijs,
Very good details and colors of this butterfly. Good use of dof and fine background.
TFS, Josť M.

Hi Thijs,
it's a wonderful shot of this beautiful and cute butterfly. Feuerfalter is the German name - same meaning than in your language.
Very well done, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-22 15:17]

Hi Thijs

A lovely shot, the composition is beautiful, and the detail on the Butterfly is nice and sharp, the colours are nice and warm with a good BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-09-23 12:55]

Hoi Thijs,
Mooie foto van deze vuurvlinder. Heel mooi scherp en mooie rustige achtergrond kleur
gr. paula

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