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The Lycaenidae or copper butterfly are a large family of butterflies, also known as the gossamer-winged butterflies. They comprise about 40 % of all known butterfly species. Subfamilies include the blues Polyommatinae, the coppers Lycaeninae, the hairstreaks Theclinae and the harvesters Miletinae.
Lycaenids feed on various kinds of food including ferns, conifers, fungi, lichens, cycads, homopterans and ant larvae.
Not all Lycaenidae butterflies need ants, certain members of this family can not complete their lifecycle without the association of a particular ant. The term used to describe this is a myrmecophilous (living symbiotically with ants) relationship. Eggs are laid on a certain plant on which the larva feeds for the first three instars, however, on the fourth instar the larva leaves the plant, falls to the ground and is adopted by an ant colony. It becomes a parasite for the ants, the caterpillars pupate inside the ants nest and the ants continue to look after the pupae. Just before the adult emerges the wings of the butterfly inside the pupal case detach from it, and the pupa becomes silvery. The adult butterfly emerges from the pupa after 3-4 weeks, still inside the ant nest. The butterfly must crawl out of the ant nest before it can expand its wings.
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- [2006-07-14 14:12]
Very nice capture.POV,clear details,sharpness,use of light,framing and composition are wonderful.
- [2006-07-14 15:09]
an excellent picture of - I think - Lycaena phlaeas. Colours and details are brilliant. The background appears a little bit to prominent.
- [2006-07-14 22:14]
Very beautiful photo of this butterfly.The DOF and sharpness are excellent.Well composed .TFS
Nice shot Cemil,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.
- [2006-07-19 14:55]
Very good shot!
Looks more like a Lycaena phlaeas, not that specie.
Take a look at:
Very good POV, colours and details!
Good DOF too!
- [2006-07-21 10:48]
merhaba cemil bey
sizdeki butterfly fotolari da bayagi guzelmis dogrusu. her biri ozenle hazirlanmis, not kisimlari bilgilendirici. netligi, detaylari ve DOF etkisi oldukca basarili bir calisma