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Lycaena phlaeas


Lycaena phlaeas
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5809 W: 89 N: 14919] (62551)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2017-06-14
Categorias: Insects
Câmara: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposição: f/3.2, 1/800 segundos
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Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2017-06-16 13:38
Visto: 473
Pontos: 12
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Lycaena

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.

Descrizione
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.

Biologia
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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Critiques [Translate]

Hello Luciano,
One of the most beautiful butterflies specie in my country....
Excellent details and colors.
Marius.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2660 W: 278 N: 4874] (19693)
  • [2017-06-16 19:35]

Hello Luciano,
A wonderful shot of this beautiful little Copper. Nicely posed on a white clover blossom while displaying excellent detail. I like your low POV and the way you isolated the butterfly from the BG. I have yet to see any of these tiny butterflies here in Ohio.
Ron

Ciao Luciano, gran bella macro, magnifici colori, ottima nitidezza e dettagli al top, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful picture, no doubt if we look at its focus, details as well as exposure. But in my opinion this picture could have been more attractive if you captured it in vertical formation and in such way you could maintain a stunning strong composition as well as could get rid left portion BLANK SPACE.
But it is also looking quite well.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards,
Srikumar

Bonjour Luciano,

La fleur aide au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Cuivré commun. La bonne luminosité rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.

Pierre

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2017-06-24 11:10]

Siemano Luciano
Beautiful colours, super the composition and the background.
I am greeting.
Slawek

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