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Callophrys rubi

Callophrys rubi
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5809 W: 89 N: 14919] (62551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-15
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-04-15 8:27
Viewed: 5447
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dedicata a Maurizio che oggi mi ha portato fortuna.

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Callophrys

Species: C. rubi

The Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.
The Green Hairstreak is a small butterfly, which is still widespread across most of the UK, although many colonies have been lost in recent years. Widespread across Europe and North Africa and eastwards through Asia well into Siberia. The upperside is a uniform dull brown with two paler patches on the male's forewings made up of scent scales. The undersides are a bright green with a thin white line, often reduced to a faint row of dots or even missing altogether. They never rest with their wings open.It has what is probably one of the largest range of foodplants of any British butterfly. Early butterfly collectors thought that the only foodplant was Bramble (blackberry) Rubus fruticosus hence its scientific name, but as its habits became better understood the list grew and will probably continue to do so. Depending on the habitat it will use Common Rock Rose Helianthemum nummularium, Bird's-foot trefoil Lotus corniculatus, Gorse Ulex europaeus, Broom Cytisus scoparius, Dyer's Greenweed Genista tinctoria, Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus, Dogwood Cornus sanguinea, Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica, Cross-leaved Heath Erica tetralix and Bramble. This range of foodplants means that it is able to use a range of habitats including chalk downland, heathland, moorland and woodland. The eggs are laid singly and the caterpillars are green with yellow markings along the back. Like other members of the family they are rather sluglike. They are not known to be tended by ants like some lycid larvae but the pupae, which are formed at ground level, emit squeaks which attract ants and it is thought that ants will always bury any that are found. Green Hairstreaks overwinter as pupae and have one brood a year.

Callophrys rubi (Linnaeus 1758) Tecla del rovo.
Questo bel licenide è caratterizzato da una livrea superiormente bruna, cui contrasta il verde delle parti inferiori. Le ali posteriori mostrano, di sotto, una serie non sempre completa di piccoli punti bianchi postdiscali. Breve accenno di appendici caudali.Dalle crisalidi svernanti, in aprile emergono gli adulti che daranno luogo ad una sola generazione. I bruchi sono corti e verdi, con due linee di disegni obliqui verdi-giallastri; la testa è bruna, retrattile. Frequentano Leguminose, sia arbustacee come Cytisus o erbacee come Lotus; altre piante larvali sono le eriche, l'alaterno e il rovo.Vastissimo l'areale: dall'Europa alla Siberia ed oltre; presente anche in Nordafrica. Diffusa ovunque in Italia, dalla pianura ai 2500 m.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1081 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-04-15 8:38]

Ciao Luciano,
here, you were confronted with extremely difficult light conditions which you managed very well.
The yellow petals show only small patches of over-exposure while you were able to avoid under-
exposure of the forewing. Focus and sharpness are excellent.
Best wishes, Peter

Ciao Luciano,
finalmente hai catturato la Tecla del rovo, che c'è un po' ovunque anche se non abbondante, ma che è difficile da vedere quando è posata e quando vola sparisce facilmente alla vista per questa sua doppia colorazione, ottima definizione, hai dovuto combattere con il forte contrasto di luce e anche con la luce secca del sole alto, per cui almeno nel mio video vedo una forte saturazione dei colori, dovuta comunque anche all'utilizzo della fotocamera con ottica grandangolare che alza il contrasto, o forse è un soggetto particolarmente verde, complimenti di nuovo per l'eccellente cattura.
Ciao maurizio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-15 9:42]

Hello Luciano,
great, this green Callophrys is lighted so that every individual metallic scale lights up. Well done,best regards Siggi

Ciao Luciano, fantastica, questa non l'ho vista mai dal vivo, speriamo che mi porti fortuna, bellissima la tonalità di verde e molto ben ripreso anche il fiore giallo, macro di gran qualità, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 991 W: 27 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-15 9:48]

Hello Luciano
Nice capture but interesting colors.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-15 10:42]

Hi Luciano. I dont think i have see a butterfly with such green colours. You have taken it with sharp focusing and fine detail. It stands out from the yellow flower. Your POV lets us have a good view of the head and body. well done TFS.

Hi Luciano,

an good pov and capture from this beautiful butterfly.
fine colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5084 W: 166 N: 13009] (48434)
  • [2009-04-15 11:58]

Hello Luciano,
Great to see how you managed the difficult light conditions in this photo. Great colours left. Excellent sharp details in the butterfly. Good POV and pose which shows us the butterfly as a whole. Nice central composition.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1000 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-04-15 12:06]

Slav Lûcîano,
Very impressive picture.İnteresting and and nice colors.Diferrent and beautiful butterfly.
Regards from Mesopotamia.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2461 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-15 12:53]

Hi Luciano,

I have never seen a butterfly of this color before!! He shows off so well against the yellow flower. Marvelous colors, details and textures.


Ciao Luciano. Mai vista neanche io. I colori sono eccezionali e li hai esaltati alla grande.


bonjour luciano
je n'avais encore jamais vue un papillon d'un vert si intense, les couleurs de toute la photo sont très jolies, c'est vrai que certaines parties des pétales jaunes sont un peu surexposées mais ça n'enlève rien à la beauté de l'image
les détails sont superbes de même que la composition
Amitiés Jacqueline

Salut Luciano,
Superbe composition, avec une excellente netteté et des couleurs bien rendues.
Je n'ai pas encore eu la chance de voir ce superbe papillon. C'est rare le vert chez les papillons. J'imagine que cela doit lui servir de camouflage. A la prochaine,

Ciao amico Luciano, an excellent macro capture of this pretty butterfly having great metallic dark green colour with wonderful composition and superb details.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-15 17:41]

Hola Luciano.
Bellos colores de la Mariposa y la flor en este fino Macro. Alta nitidez e iluminacion que en conjunto con el encuadre hacen una muy bella imagen.
Saludos Luciano.

Excellent capture of this beautiful butterfly. You have a really good quality pic here!
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3043 W: 3 N: 8701] (40526)
  • [2009-04-16 5:33]

Bonjour Luciano,
Il semble que ce petit papillon tout vert et tout mignon se montre surtout en Italie maintenant. Belle capture, image bien colorée avec un choix de fleur idéal de la part de Callophrys rubi. Magnifique et plein de vie.
Un grand merci

hello Luciano
beautiful picture with good details and sharpness
greeting lou

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2009-04-16 10:18]

Luciano though the shot has noise but the dteails are superb. The noise may be due to sharpness but lovely compositon Ganesh

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-04-16 13:42]

Bonjour Luciano !
Wow, j'ignorais qu'il existait des papillons verts en Europe ! J'adore sa couleur verte, un peu métallisée, mais j'aime aussi la pose du papillon sur la belle fleur jaune, la composition, le POV. The note is interesting to read, too. Very well done !

Contrasting colours work well here Luciano...Perhaps it is that eye for Italian Yellow which you and Silvio have..or maybe it;'s just a great shot..I shall go for the later..

BEH lUCIANO...la qualita' della foto non e' del livello di quella di Maurizio,ma mi devo complimentare per la cattura di questa verde Lycaenide che purtroppo non ho ancora visto.....
ciao sERGIO

Hello Luciano,
Great capture of Green Hairstreak with excellent details, sharpness, POV, composition & framing. TFS. Have a nice weekend too.

Hi Luciano,
Very nice to see a green Hairstreak, one of my favourite European butterflies. Difficult light, yes, resulting in shadows on the forewing and also some noise in the BG. I've made a workshop to try and change these aspects a little. Maybe it works a bit. Thanks.

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