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The flower is mine....

The flower is mine....
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Copyright: Mariana Scubli (marianas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 377 W: 55 N: 1208] (6739)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-05 1:27
Viewed: 2501
Points: 12
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Lycaena phlaeas
Small Copper
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Small Copper

Conservation status
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lycaena
Species: L. phlaeas
Binomial name
Lycaena phlaeas
(Linnaeus, 1761)
Small Copper

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.

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Really a great shot. But i feel some overexposure on flower. Beautiful butterfly.

Hi Mariana,

Beautiful macro capture of the Small Copper butterfly! The butterfly looks so pretty, especially with this beautiful pure white flower. Great sharpness and taken from a well chosen POV with great use of the shallow DOF, work alltogether great here. The colors are very natural and I like the contrast between the white flower and the copper colored butterfly. Great work!

thanks and kind regards,

  • Great 
  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-05 3:02]

Slav Marîana,
Very nice macro shot of this little butterfly on the daisy.The POV and sharpness are excellent.Great colors and composition.TFS.

Ciao Mariana. Good details fot his little and vivid natural colours. Strong light on flower. Well done.


Hello Mariana,

A splendid macro shot with beautiful colors, sharpness & details. Well done & TFS.



Hi Mariana,

Splendid lycaenidae whith good detalis, impressive ligth very good handled and whit correct whit in flower, I love the crab spyder near the butterfly! cool!... beatifull composition!


  • Great 
  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-09 18:58]

Hi Mariana,
really a splendid shot of this butterfly. the colour stands out excellently.
well composed with the white flower giving a pleasant view and a lot of good appreciations.


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