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Lycaena phlaeas

Lycaena phlaeas
Photo Information
Copyright: Charles Fleming (Chas) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 11] (62)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K20D
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-29 13:34
Viewed: 3450
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Small Copper is a fast flying butterfly that, once settled, is unmistakable with bright copper-coloured forewings. It has a widespread distribution and is a familiar and welcome sight for many naturalists.
This is a widespread butterfly, occurring in discrete colonies through most of the British Isles. Most colonies are fairly small, with just a few adults seen on the wing at any one time. It is absent from the mountainous areas, and the Outer Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetlands.
There are typically 2 or 3 generations each year, depending on the weather, with 4 believed to be possible in extremely good years. The first adults emerge in May, occasionally at the end of April, depending on location. The next generation emerges at the end of July, or beginning of August. Adults may also appear in September, depending on location.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-29 13:38]

Hi Charles. You have taken this Small Copper with a good POV looking down on the open wings so we can see all of the markings. Which you have captured with fine detail and natural colours. It stands out well from the green of the leaves and the OOf BG. Well done TFS.

Hi Charles..
Excellent photo and vivid colours.. good POV.. Thanks for sharing

Hi Charles,

Good picture, with good colors and nice lighting. I recommend in these cases f/2.8 to f/4.5 openings to achieve more relevance in the insect.



I became a fan of color and beauty.
Clarity is great.
Sharing and a very nice presentation.
Sincerely ...

This is a beautiful, finely detailed picture. The depth of field is just right and the background is perfect.

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