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Scarce Copper

Scarce 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: 2014-07-14
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, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-21 7:30
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lycaena virgaureae, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Scarce Copper

Turkish Name: Orman Bakır Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Be seen everywhere in Turkey. Largely absent from Aegean coast. Very common at the foothills of Kaçkar Mountains, Palandöken Mountains and Uludağ.

Distribution in the world : In Europe virgaureae is a quite common species, found in central Spain, the Pyrenees, the Massif Central of France, and from the western foothills of the Alps to Greece and Turkey. It also occurs across most of temperate ( Holarctic ) Asia, reaching east as far as Mongolia.

Living Area: High-altitude butterfly. Average height of 1600-2700 meters. Subalpine tall grasslands. The mountain slopes, woodland edges, and flowery clearings on hillsides.

Flight time: For the year One generation. July-August months between.Depending on the climate and conditions that have been observed flying until the middle of September.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Mainly sheep sorrel, but probably other docks (Rumex spp) with plant species in the genus.

Description-Notes: Wings of gold and white spots are the most prominent feature in bright-orange color on the wings of male individuals. Male is stunning, with gleaming coppery red-orange wings and black borders.The remote even noticeable. Female individuals, the kind with wings above brown spots are easily distinguished. Female is not as shiny and is heavily marked with black spots. Both sexes are yellow-brown, with a wavy red submarginal line and variable number of and flowery clearings on hillsides.

Wingspan: 32-34 mm long.

The origin of the name: Virga + aurea (Greek) - "golden thread".

Similar Species:
• Large Copper-Lycaena dispar (Haworth, 1803)
• Purple-shot Copper-Lycaena alciphron, (Rottemburg, 1775)
• Sooty Copper-Lycaena tityrus (Poda, 1761)
• Purple-edged Copper-Lycaena hippothoe,(Linnaeus, 1761)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.48 pp.
2. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi – Scarce copper
3. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page – Scarce copper
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey – Scarce copper
5. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species – Scarce copper
6. Wolfgang Wagner: Lepidoptera and their ecology – Scarce copper
7. UK Butterflies: UK Butterflies – Scarce copper
8. Butterflies of Europe : Learnaboutbutterflies– Scarce copper
9. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa – Scarce copper


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hallo Seyfi
Great shot with beautiful colours and good BG
super sharpness and good composition
thanks gr lou

Merhaba Seyfi,
Very nice shot, even the butterfly is a little too close to the edge of the frame. Beautiful sharpness, DoF, golden color tones. With just a little more space behind the insect's back this photo would easily be a masterpiece. Impressive!
Best regards, László

One of the amazing poster lights and details are just excellent

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-11-21 10:35]

Hello Seyfi

Perfect image, excellent clarity, excellent sharpness and details, very nice composition, nice lighting. 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)
  • [2014-11-21 11:08]

Hi Seyfi,every time a great surprise! Another rare specie,that lives in Italy too but that i never seen,fantastic pic made in a very professional quality and in a beautiful decentralized composition,i like it!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-11-21 11:18]

Hello Seyfi,
Very beautiful photo with a composition a bit out of balance. The butterfly is placed a bit too much to the right. Great sharpness, details and splendid clear colours against a nice blurred background.
Enjoy the weekend,

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely butterfly, wonderful colors, fine details, superb sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-11-21 13:23]

Delicate image with a minimalist composition to the end. Good job, friend Seyfi.

Hernán Bortondello

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-11-22 7:40]

Seyfi bey, herzamanki gibi temiz ve göz dolduran bir saptama. Renkler doğal, pozlama ve kadraj oldukça etkili.
Kutlarım üstat.

nuri :)

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-11-22 13:16]

Hi Seyfi
Great shot of this beautiful specimen.
Perfect focus, nice colors.

Iyi akşamlar Seyfi,
Biz fotoğraf bir dizi çok güzel bir kelebek yayınlanmıştır ise serbest zaman. Bu görüntü favori resim listemde alır.
I missed a while, during which time you posted some great pictures with lovely butterfly species.
Son kez ben 1998 yılında Istanbul'daydı. Belki de başarılı bir kez ziyaret sal.

Hello Seyfi - As usual an excellent BG. Beautiful presentation of this Butterfly. Very good details and sharpness. I like this attractive composition. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE- Srikumar

Hi Seyfi,
you seem to be a butterfly-man and in fact you have a really nice collection of wonderful pics.
best regards

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