Small Copper on Rough Hawkbit
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|Taken last sunday on the sand lands in the north of the county.There was a pine plantation for timber production to use as Pit Props this being a Coal minning area, round the edge was an area of rough grass mixwd with some gorse plants and various wild flowers. This Small Copper is seen Here on the flower of the Rough Hawkbit (Leontondon hisidus) a native perennial plant of grass land, fairly common though-out England can be found flowering from May to September.|
The Small Copper Butterfly (Lycaena Phlaeas)still a common sight in the UK, mainly because its food plants are also common , the catterpilars feed on Dock and Sorrel plants both members of the Rumex family. Caterpillars can be either green or green with pink stripes, there are 3 generation usually a year, the last one will hibernate as the caterpillar. on waking in the spring they will feed up then pupate for 3 - 4 weeks a bit temperature dependant, the emerge into the spring sunshine, they are on the wing for about 4 weeks.They are often seen mixed in with other blue and hairstreak butterflies who they are related too. can make ident a little mixed. but as they seem to like basking on a sunny flower with open wing it shouldnt be too hard to spot the dark hind wing with a orange band round the bottom edge, there is some times a row of blue dots in board of the band.
There used to be a large Copper too but it was only found in the fenlands / wetlands of norfolk and when these got drained for agriculture in about 1860 they became extinct in the UK.
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- [2004-08-08 3:53]
I donīt like the photo, but I think that in this case not important,because you have a photo of it. Your note makes all good. You did here a very good job.
- [2004-08-08 7:30]
Original view, I like seeing these beasts from different angles. Excellent detail in the head and thorax, good notes too as usual.
This is a great one Rob! You show the environment around the insect, while still being close enough. The DOF is very good and the butterfly is all clear, including the little face.
Very, very nice Robert. Perfect dof and the colours looks great. I have never seen one of these before - thanks for sharing. Great note too.
- [2004-08-12 21:42]
Beautiful macro, Robert. Great detail in it's little face and the colors are great.
- [2005-06-10 13:36]
Almost we can touch it!
Such a perfect frontal shot! 5*!