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Lycaena dispar

Lycaena dispar
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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: 2014-05-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-03 9:18
Viewed: 1088
Points: 14
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Ripropongo la Licaena delle paludi. Questo maschio ad ali aperte combatte con il forte vento. Ed io che mi affanno per scattare.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lycaena

Species: L. dispar

The Large Copper (Lycaena dispar) is a European butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. The British subspecies of this butterfly (dispar) has been extinct for over 144 years (since 1864). Most of our knowledge of its life cycle and ecology comes from studies of the similar subspecies (batavus or batava) found in The Netherlands. The species can be identified by the silvery hindwing undersides, from the large specimens of the related, more common, drier habitat species Lycaena virgaureae and Lycaena hippothoe. This is one of the butterfly species classified as a priority for protection and re-introduction in the UK under its national Biodiversity Action Plan. The species has been in severe decline in Britain due to the great reduction of fen habitat due to expansion of the human population. In the rest of the Western Europe, the draining of wetlands and building and agricultural activity on shallow riverbanks has caused a strong decline. In Eastern Europe, undeveloped riverbanks and deltas are a habitat for the species, though even there it is somewhat threatened due increasing human influence on these areas. There have been several reintroduction attempts to sites in both Britain and Ireland, but these have all ultimately failed. Research is now being conducted to see whether a further attempt is worthwhile in more extensive habitats available in the Norfolk Broads.

Lycaena dispar (HAWORTH, 1803), è una specie di farfalla europea della famiglia Lycaenidae. La specie può essere distinta dalle specie simili Lycaena virgaureae e Lycaena hippothoe, più comuni in habitat più secchi, tramite la colorazione argentea della faccia inferiore delle ali posteriori. Nell'Europa occidentale, la bonifica delle zone umide, la cementificazione e l'attività agricola nelle aree di golena ha causato un forte declino di questa specie. Nell'Europa dell'est, le aree golenali non ancora sviluppate e i delta fluviali costituiscono habitat per questa specie, anche se è comunque minacciata dalla crescente attività dell'uomo in queste aree.

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 15 -21 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: Italia settentrionale e centrale.
Habitat: specie igrofila, si rinviene nei prati umidi del piano basale sino a 500 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: tre, con sfarfallamento in aprile - maggio, giugno - luglio e agosto - settembre.
Piante nutrici: Rumex crispus - Rumex obtusifolius

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Hello Mr.Roberto,
Another excellent picture of this attractive coloured Butterfly.This Large Copper is really looking beautiful.Good details and splendid sharpness.Like its POV and composition too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-05-03 9:49]

Hi Roberto! Great picture of this species! It is the first time for me to see one like this. What a beautiful wings and very good presentation. Congratulation and saludos.

Ciao Roberto, prima o poi mi ci porti nella tua riserva di dispar, tanto se continua a piovere così anche da noi ci vengono le paludi, gran bella macro, colori favolosi, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Roberto, Super shot with this rare species. Great light and colours with details. Awesome colour contrasts. Thank for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-03 16:03]

Ciao Roby,non e' mai facile dosare questo forte arancione,hai fatto un lavoro stupendo,grande sotto ogni termine di valutazione,e pure col vento di oggi..sei grande!! Buona Domenica,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-05-04 17:38]

Hello Roberto,
Love the rich deep orange colors of this butterfly. Outlined in black and edged in a silvery fringe, the wings are definitely an eye catcher. Excellent detail due to your sharp focus and good DOF.
Great work!!

Bravo Roberto :
j'aime (comme on dit sur facebook ;-)

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