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Purple-shot Copper

Purple-shot Copper
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Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-14 10:01
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Happy Valentines Day!

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Lycaena alciphron, (Rottemburg, 1775)

Purple-shot Copper

Turkish Name: Büyük Morbakır Güzeli Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Thrace, Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Central Anatolia, western Black Sea, Central Black Sea, Eastern Black Sea, Eastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Southern and central Europe eastwards through Siberia, Kazakhstan to Altai, Mongolia and Transbaikal. In Europe the northwestern limit is in central France, central and northeastern Germany to Poland and up to Estonia.

Living Area: Above sea level, approximately 2000 meters. Diverse flowery, grassy, bushy and/or rocky places, forest glades, roads, clearings, margins, river valleys etc.

Flight time: One generation. Late- May to late August, depending on altitude.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: The larva feeds on Rumex species such as Rumex acetosella and in the southern and central Alps often Rumex scutatus.

Description-Notes: Type locality: Berlin- Germany. Male's spotted coppery uppersides are suffused with purple or violet. If visible, note the orange leading margin of hindwing. Female is quite variable, often sooty brown or reddish brown; on hindwing, orange submarginal band containing black spots is bordered inside by a row of small purplish spots. Hindwing is grayish with black spots and orange submarginal band in both sexes.

Wingspan: 34-38 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Purple-edged Copper – Lycaena hippothoe, (Linnaeus, 1761)
• Lesser Fiery Copper – Lycaena thersamon, (Esper, 1784)
• Turkish Fiery Copper - Lycaena ochimus, (Herrich-Schäffer, [1851]
• Fiery Copper - Lycaena thetis,( Klug, 1834)
• Anatolian Fiery Copper – Lycaena asabinus, (Gerhard,[1850].)
• Purple-edged Copper – Lycaena hippothoe (Linnaeus, 1761)
• Moroccan Copper – Lycaena phoebus, (Blachier, 1905)
• Sooty Copper – Lycaena tityrus, (Poda, 1761)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.46 pp.
2. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Purple-shot Copper
3. Butterflies of Bulgaria: Butterflies of Bulgaria - Purple-shot Copper
4. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Purple-shot Copper
5. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey- Purple-shot Copper
6. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa- Purple-shot Copper
7. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species - Purple-shot Copper


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Hallo Seyfi
Very nice indeed to get this pair of Purple-shot Coppers presented so extremely well as you've done it here! The picture is immaculate and a joy to watch. Really gorgeous. Very useful information too.Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-14 10:38]

Hi Seyfi,nothing better to celebrate this special day on treknature!! A classic "time of love" made by these lycaenae,a spectacular capture made in the usual top quality of detail and colors! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi,

Hope you are well. Yes indeed, a shot of very high quality.Exquisite in every way, the colours, focus and the beautiful dark green blurred background really present the mating butterflies in a sharpened, life-like and real form.....alive to be precise.....the butterflies, it seems will fly off in an instant.... .thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards,


Hello Mr.Seyfi,
Beautiful picture of these pair of butterflies to celebrate 14th Feb.Excellent details with splendid sharpness.Colours on wings is really attractive.Nice BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Ciao Seyfi, perfect for Valentine Day, lovely composition with nice maiting couple on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful colors, superb sharpness and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Boa tarde Seyfi,
A nice hommage to to love in Valentine's day.
Fine work.

Hello Seyfi,
Yes it was perfect for Valentine Day.


Hallo Seyfi
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 尤其是一對可愛的蝴蝶
光線亮麗 整體都很清楚 花朵也很漂亮 搭配的真是美麗極了 構圖美麗 背景深遂

Tebrikler Seyfi Bey...

hallo Seyfi
great sharpness and good details the light and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Seyfi

Beautiful photo of these butterflies that with their love action
and with the flower they are drawing the shape of a hart, TFS


Ciao Seyfi. Impresive details beautiful colours despite the low light. Great macro MF!


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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-06-06 10:36]

Hello Seyfi

Very beautiful , really gorgeous in right time, excellent dOF, bokeh and brilliant colors



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