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Small Copper

Small Copper
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z740
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/724 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-18 13:11
Viewed: 3025
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken in my favourite butterfly hunting spot, a field next to the River Mole. This time I saw a Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas.

Males are territorial, often choosing a piece of bare ground or a stone on which to bask and await passing females. They behave aggressively towards any passing insects, returning to the same spot when the chase is over.

Though it remains a common and widespread species, the Small Copper declined throughout its range during the twentieth century

It occurs in a wide variety of habitats: chalk grassland, moorland, heathland, coastal dunes and undercliffs, woodland clearings, and unimproved grassland. This species may be found also in small patches of land such as set-aside fields, roadside verges, railway embankments, allotments, churchyards, and waste ground, even in cities. Warm, dry situations are especially favoured.

The Small copper caterpillar feeds on Dock. Unlike a lot of other species the young caterpillar eats the surface of the leaves. This fits in with the area as there were plenty of Dock plants around.

carper, SkyF, liquidsunshine, elroyie, ellis49, marhowie, horia, jeanpaul, metcher has marked this note useful
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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-18 13:59]

Hi Karan,

This is a cutie. I like the pattern in the wings and the light is super! My compliments.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-18 14:04]

very nice copper Karan,
well taken shot, good composition, fine details good point of view and a good dof, very good job.
gr. jaap

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-18 14:22]

Hello Karan,
this is beautiful; stands out beautifully from the B/G. Excellent POV. Nice sharp details and great colors.

Nicely captured Karan,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and good notes. It seems your hunting ground has a good variety of b'flies.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

The colours are very good and composition is good, it is pity that your camera don't have shallow DOF.

Hi Karan,
this is a lovely buttefly you have capture.
The details are very good, nice colours and well composed.
I like the DOF, the butterfly standout nicely from the BG.
Well done.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-18 21:01]

Hi Karan
Nice shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, DOF and POV.
Well done mf


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-19 3:26]

Hi Karan

A really beautiful shot!
The focus on the butterfly is spot-on and the DOF is great.
Splendid colors and good lighting enhance the picture even more. Great POV, framing and composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-19 7:35]

Hi Karan,

What a nice and colorful photo! Details and focus are sharp. POV & composition are very good. I like the yellow and the combination of black and red on top of that. Well done & TFS!


Hello Karin, excllent colors, details, very crisp, nicly composed and great POV , Nice work, TFS Kyle

Bonsoir Karan
C'est un macro magnifique que tu nous as envoyé.la composition est très belle les couleurs sont claires et vives de ce beau papillon avec un très beau BG.
Bravo et merci....JP

What a lovely well balanced photo, the butterfly really stands out against the background and the yellow flowers add a warm glow, well done.

Really sharp, and a good POV showing us all of the best part of the wings. Some may prefer a view from the front showing us the head but I like this. Good DOF as well, getting most of the flowers in focus as well as the butterfly.

Very good exposure and sharpness. Nice details and colors.

Hallo Karan,

This is an excellent photo of a Small Copper butterfly! I like your composition and POV! The colors are great and the BG really makes the butterfly stand out! Great note too! A very good job and a complete post! TFS!


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