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Lycaena virgaurea

Lycaena virgaurea
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-12 11:30
Viewed: 1658
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Lycaena

Species: L. virgaureae

The Scarce Copper, Lycaena virgaureae, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae (copper or gossamer-winged butterflies). The lower surfaces of the back wings are yellowish and have only a few black dots; there are characteristic white marks the immediate vicinity of these. The species exhibits one kind of sexual dimorphism: male butterflies are colored bright gold-red on the upper side of wing, while the females have broader orange wings with a dark design. generation appears from mid-July to mid-September.

Eggs are laid on dried-out plant parts, for example on dry sorrel stems. The eggs are white in color and somewhat larger than those of other Lycaena species. The caterpillars are green and nocturnal and eat sorrel. Lycaena virgaureae is the only species of this genus whose eggs last over the winter. The butterflies feed on blossoms of such plants as the ground-elder, Eupatorium, Valeriana, and burnet saxifrage. Lycaena virgaureae lives preferably on flower-rich, dry and damp meadows in Central Europe. In Spain it is found in the Pyrenees and in the Cantabrian Mountains. In southern France it is found in the Massif Central. Its area of distribution reaches the Arctic Circle in Fennoscandia in the north; in the south it reaches north and northwest Greece. In Belgium there are a few threatened populations in the south of the country. It is not found, however, on the British Isles or the Netherlands. It can be found as far east as Mongolia. The scarce copper is found at elevations of 1,000 to 2,000 meters.

Lycaena virgaurea

Distribuzione: alpi e appennini.

Habitat: prati e radure del piano montano e cacuminale, da 700 sino a circa 2100 metri s.l.m.

Generazioni annuali: una con sfarfallamento in luglio-agosto.

Piante nutrici: Rumex crispus, Rumex acetosa, Rumex acetosella.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-12 11:55]

Ciao Roberto,una nuova prova di forza con questo arancio che e' davvero terribile da gestire,perfezione assoluta con i migliori dettagli e gran bella composizione,il rose' e' oramai solo un ricordo..ehehe...buona serata,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-10-12 11:58]

Hello Roberto,
Excellent macro capture of this beauty in open-wings with lovely composition and details.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Roberto, appena un po' sciupata ma con colori ancora brillanti, altro bel ricordo dei Sibillini, ottima nitidezza e splendida luce, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-10-12 14:23]

Hi Roberto
Nice composition.Sharp image with great colours and excellent light and details.Maybe a little bit to center but it is still an very nice presentation.
TFS Michel

Hello Roberto,
Another marvelous composition. Wonderful photo with this gorgeous species of butterflies. Perfect photo taken from a good POV. Splendid light......the colors are fantastic. The POV is very good chosen.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Roberto,
beautiful colours and composition. Excellent sharpness exactly on the butterfly. Very good depth of field and blurred background.
Have a nice weekend,

hello Roberto,
fine picture with very nice quality. good colour and composition.
best wishes,

Hello Roberto
Beautiful photo with wonderful colours and good sharpness.

beautiful species of butterfly. good lighting and framing. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-10-13 4:05]

Ciao Roberto,
Fine work ..
Sharp detail, with good DOF and natural color seen in the subject.
Have a nice weekend,

hello Roberto
super sharpness and nice light
the colours are beautiful
very nice pose of this butterfly
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Roberto,
Sembra un rubino incastonato,nella Natura,eccellente macro con molteplici dettagli,dovuti alla grande nitidezza,splendidi i colori come la elegante composizione,bellissima.
Ti auguro un buon fine settimana ciao Marco.

Hello Roberto,
A terrific close-up with striking colors, details & pose. Well composed & presented with a nice attractive POV. TFS & best wishes...MF!


Ciao Roberto, bellissima farfallina, ottima macro, colpo da grande maestro.
Complimenti e buon fine settimana.
Ciao Vanni

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