Survivors - 3
|Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat)
|Date Taken: 2015-11-13|
|Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2015-11-17 16:35|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Still warm and sunny day in northern Italy, and many species of butterflies are still visible in the fields, something uncommon in mid-November.|
Species: L. phlaeas
The Small Copper, American Copper or the Common Copper, Lycaena phlaeas, is a butterfly of the Lycaenids or Blues family. It is a common and widespread little butterfly easily identifiable in the UK. (There are similar species in continental Europe.)
The upperside forewings are a bright orange with a dark outside edge border and with eight or nine black spots. The hindwings are dark with an orange border. Some females also have a row of blue spots inside the orange border and are known as form caeruleopunctata. The undersides are pattenered in a similar way but are paler. The black spots on the forewings are outlined in yellow and the dark colouring is replaced by a pale brownish, gray. The hindwings are the same brown/grey colour with small black dots and a narrow orange border. The caterpillars (larvae) are usually green, but some have a purple stripe down the middle of the back and along each side.It is widespread and common across Europe, Asia and North America, and also found in North Africa south through Ethiopia.
It can be found almost anywhere in south/central England and Wales although never, it seems, in large numbers. Its distribution becomes more patchy in northern England, Scotland and Ireland.It is found in a wide variety range of habitats from chalk downlands, heathland, woodland clearings to churchyards and waste ground in cities.In bright sun it is a very active little butterfly with the males setting up small territories which they will defend vigorously against rival males or indeed any unlucky passing insect. Even the shadow of a large bird passing overhead is enough to get him going. Females are pursued mercilessly and mating usually occurs low down in vegetation.The eggs are laid singly on the underside of foodplant leaves and the young caterpillar feeds on the underside of the leaf creating "windows" by leaving the upper epidermis of the leaf untouched. Pupation takes place in the leaf litter and the pupa is thought to be tended by ants. There are between two and three broods a year, fewer further north. In exceptionally good years, a fourth broods a year, fewer further north. In exceptionally good years, a fourth brood sometimes occurs in the south and adults can still be seen flying into November. The species overwinters as a caterpillar.
Lycaena phlaeas (Linnaeus 1761) Argo bronzeo.
Licenide dalle ali anteriori rosso-dorate, con fascia marginale scura e macchie nere. Le ali posteriori sono brune con margine posteriore rossiccio e dentellato; portano, inoltre, un abbozzo di appendici caudali. Inferiormente, la livrea è di tonalità fulva con macchie nere orlate di giallo sulle anteriori e colore bruno-grigiastro sulle posteriori, con sparsi piccoli puntini neri.
In genere due o tre generazioni, talvolta anche quattro in dipendenza dalle condizioni climatiche. Il bruco, lungo non più di 15 mm, si presenta tozzo e col corpo verde percorso lateralmente da due linee rossastre. Si nutre di Poligonacee (gen. Rumex e Polygonum); quelli dell'ultima generazione svernano e riprendono lo sviluppo e la conseguente ninfosi nella primavera successiva.
Distribuzione ed ecologia
Diffusa con alcune sottospecie dalle regioni orientali nordamericane al Giappone. Quella europea, presente in tutto il continente, oltre che in Nordafrica, è una delle farfalle più comuni, spingendosi dalla pianura ad oltre i 2000 m. Nel territorio la si osserva facilmente nelle radure boschive e nelle campagne coltivate.
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This shot + composition is very nice Luciano.
je voulais juste aller au lit quand j'ai découverte ta photo, elle est superbe , surtout les couleurs me plaisent bien et la lumière accentue les teintes, le papillon nous montre ses ailes dans toute sa spendeur,
- [2015-11-17 23:19]
Very impressive image of Lycaena floeas, excellent composition, great sharpness and details and fantastic lighting, very nice blurring BG.
- [2015-11-18 0:10]
A beautiful image of this beautiful butterfly, impressive sharpness details, point of view and composition are excellent, perfect depth of field and lovely colours, very well captured.Regards Sigi
- [2015-11-18 2:51]
Excellent picture of this butterfly in superb sharpness and details. Very beautiful saturated colours and a nice composition.
Beautiful colored butterfly. Well captured; splendid sharpness and details. Well managed BG too. Good work...
Thanks for sharing,
- [2015-11-18 7:18]
Composition, colours and details are superb as usual.
Beautifully cut background.
- [2015-11-18 8:21]
delightful take of the species Luciano, .. perfect expo and detail rendering as usual
Ciao Luciano, altra bella sopravvissuta, ma ora arriva il freddo, bella macro, non è facile beccarla così bene ad ali aperte questa qui, bravo, buona serata, ciao Silvio
- [2015-11-18 18:48]
You beautiful little Copper looks like it is surveying the big world in front of it and contemplating on what it's next move is going to be:) A wonderful presentation while showing excellent detail and just the right amount of exposure.The way the lighting is reflecting off it's wings really brings out the often hidden colors.