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Lycaena virgaureae

Lycaena virgaureae
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Schmetterlinge,Butterflies in Buerchen, VS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-28 5:23
Viewed: 3143
Points: 44
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Scarce Copper
Cuivré de la verge-d'or

Family: Lycaenidae
Flighttime:One generation from mid-July to mid-September.

Eggs are laid on dried-out plant parts, for example on dry sorrel stems. The eggs are white in color and somewhat larger than those of other Lycaena species. The caterpillars are green and nocturnal and eat sorrel(Rumex acetosa). Lycaena virgaureae is the only species of this genus whose eggs last over the winter. The butterflies feed on blossoms of such plants as the ground-elder, Eupatorium, Valeriana, and burnet saxifrage.


Lycaena virgaureae lives preferably on flower-rich, dry and damp meadows in Central Europe. In Spain it is found in the Pyrenees and in the Cantabrian Mountains. In southern France it is found in the Massif Central. Its area of distribution reaches the Arctic Circle in Fennoscandia in the north; in the south it reaches north and northwest Greece. In Belgium there are a few threatened populations in the south of the country. It is not found, however, on the British Isles or the Netherlands. It can be found as far east as Mongolia. The scarce copper is found at elevations of 1,000 to 2,000 meters.(Wikipedia)

This is a male with its typical shining orange wings.
Next to this species we have in the same area two related species :Lycaena virgaurea montana and Lycaena hippothoe which both are of the Copper-family and look similar at first sight.

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Ciao Anne, beautiful Lycaena Virgaurae with fantastic bright colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

great Macro of Lycaena virgaureae,Anne
I like how you managed to make so real natural colors of this species and the stunning detail
thanks and have a good sunday sERGIO

Hello Anne
Beautiful photo with nice colours and very good composition and sharpness.

A pretty sight indeed Anne, well captured from a dorsal POV in great focus and exposure, forming a semi-diagonal composition. Colour rendering of the b.fly looks so good against that OOF natural BG.
TFS it and cheers,

I don't need any clues as to the colour! It is well saturated and as delicate as one large flying beast can be. May He be with you in mind on Advent! Bob

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-28 7:24]

Hallo Anne.
Fantastisch schauender Schmetterling. Sein Farbton ist reizend. Die Qualität des Bildes ist sehr gut. Ich liebe die Weise wie Sie die Details perfekt zeigen. Die Antennen und pelzige Körper sind wirklich erste klasse.Liebe Grüße Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-28 7:27]

Hello Anne,
Splendid light and colours in this photo. The contrast with the BG is gorgeous. Very good sharpness and details. Excellent DOF and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-28 8:06]

Bonjour Anne,
A superb capture of this colourful male virgaureae. The sharpness is excellent and the DOF just right to provide a fine contrasting BG in a pleasing composition.
Merci et bonne soirée de dimanche,

Wonderful and powerful image of this tiny Scarce Copper Anne. Lovely warm colors briliant dept of field and fine natural colors. Good work my friend!
George Veltchev

hello Anne
this is a super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
super good light to
greeting lou

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2010-11-28 10:16]

hi anne,
great macro this is !!
all details are splendid and so is the colors

Ciao Anne. Very goodshapr and faboulose colours. Perfect sharp. Very well done.


Bonsoir Anne,
Il est vraiment superbe! Couleurs et détails fantastiques. Ca fait du bien ces couleurs au début de l'hiver... Bonne semaine,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-28 12:00]

Salut Anne,mais quel merveilleux souvenir de l'ete'! Quelle perfection,sourtout la saturation est impressionante,j'ai jamais eu la chance de la rencontrer dans mes pelouses.Mes compliments et bonne semaine,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-28 12:32]

Hello Anne,
A lovely capture that brings fond memories of last summer! Technically brilliant and a lovely green background. Lovely to see on an evenng when we have snow, thunder and lightning!!
Many thanks and have a good night! Ulla

Hello Anne,
This is always worth to see, and you'be shote this at the best angle possible! ... Good job! Congratulations!
Regards and happy week for you!

Hola Anne

Bella imagen de esta bella mariposa, con esos colores brillantes. Una composición excelente, contrastes y POV muy buenos.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Anne. Excellent capture of a scarce copper from nice pov.
Details, colours and composition are perfect.
TFS. Kind regards,

Bonjour Anne,
Comme d'habitude une superbe capture, sujet bien net et couleurs vives mais naturelles

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-11-29 14:50]

Hello Anne,
An excellent macro shot of this Lycaena virgaureae in great light,colors and perfect sharpness.Very good POV and details.TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-30 1:21]

Hello anne,
wow...this a superb catch! The colour is so catchy and attractive. The well defined wing is so exciting to note with details.
so sharp as the feelers are well seen.
Amazing subject well presented.


Simply fantastic!!!
Dear Anne, this picture is one of the best (if not the best!) photo of this species I have ever seen! Wonderful macro!
My best congratulations!!!
And best withes from cold and white Lodz,

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