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Lycaena alciphron


Lycaena alciphron
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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: 2014-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-03 12:16
Viewed: 1542
Points: 16
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Lycaena

Species: L. alciphron

The Purple-Shot Copper (Lycaena alciphron) is a butterfly in the family of the Lycaenidae or copper butterflies and in the genus of the Lycaena. The coloring of the males and the females is very different, i.e. the sexual dimorphism is very strong. The top sides of the wings are red-gold with black spots. The males fluoresce purple, while the females' top side is brown, also with black spots. The rear wings have submarginal spots. The caterpillar is nocturnal and eats Sorrel. The fully grown butterfly eats wild thyme, ground-elder, and blackberry flowers. The Purple-Shot Copper can be found in Europe, Morocco, and Turkey in heights between 500 and 900 meters. This butterfly migrates from June to July.There are three subspecies:
• Lycaena alciphron melibaeus
• Lycaena alciphron gordius
• Lycaena alciphron heracleana

L’alcifrone (sottospecie L.alciphron Rottemburg, 1775 e L. Alciphron gordius Sulzer, 1776) è presente in tutta Italia tranne la Sardegna e l’Elba Farfalla dal volo rapido e scattante , tende a restare vicina alla bassa vegetazione. Frequenta le radure le praterie, gli ambienti erbosi umidi e acquitrinosi fino al piano montano. Il maschio ha le ali di colore arancione bordate di una stria nera, con riflessi violacei più o meno evidenti e con numeorse macchie puntiformi. La femmina ha le anteriori arancione con numerose macchie puntiformi nere; le posteriori hanno una velatura bruno scura, quasi nera, con una fascia submarginale arancione. La parte inferiore delle ali,simile in entrambi i sessi, è arancione con numerose e caratteristiche macchie puntiformi nere nelle anteriori; le posteriori sono invece grigiastre con numerosi puntini neri e una fascia submarginale arancione. Univoltina. Sverna come giovane larva. Le uova sono deposte singolarmente sulle piante nutrici, del genere Rumex. Quando nascono, le larve hanno vita solitaria e si impupano direttamente sulla pianta nutrice.

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Ciao Roberto, gran bella rarità ad ali magnificamente aperte, favoloso il colore bronzeo, fantastica nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-03 13:16]

Hello Roberto,
The copper butterfly and the flower which it sits on are marvelous. Fantastic sharpness, details and very beautiful bright colours. IMO the yellow flower on the right side in the background is a bit distracting. Great DOF and composition.
Regards,
Peter

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-09-03 13:52]

Ciao Roberto

Excellent capture, splendid sharpness, fine details, excellent clarity, very nice composition, nice natural bluring BG

Rgds

Nikos

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6450 W: 89 N: 15596] (65250)
  • [2014-09-03 15:16]
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Ciao ROby,bellissima prospettiva e dettagli strepitosi,la sorella della tua amica dispar in una grande composizione,solo l'arancione mi sembra un po' caduto nel rosato,forse era passato Silvio col sagrantino qualche attimo prima..eheh..buona giornata,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-09-03 19:50]

Hello Roberto,
A wonderful presentation of this beautiful Purple-Shot Copper butterfly. The orange, browinish and black colors in it's wings contrast nicely with it's feathery light blue body. Photographed in an attractive open wing pose and displaying excellent detail this is certainly a pleasing shot to view. Well done!!
Ron

Hello Roberto,
Beautiful picture of this Purple-shot Copper. I like its composition,as well as its framing. Very good sharpness with splendid details. Well managed BG too. Good work.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards,
Srikumar

hallo Roberto
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

HI Roberto, Great pose of this butterfly on a yellow flower. The color contrasts is awesome with soft light adds to its interest. Great composition with nice DOF. Thank for sharing
Anna

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