Lycaena hippothoe

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 8 August 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Lycaena hippothoe (NL: Rode vuurvlinder / EN: Purple-edged Copper / DE: Lilagold-Feuerfalter / FR: Cuivré écarlate) is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. The male of this delightful species carries every colour of the rainbow on his wings. The upper wings are dark orangey red or red, with wide bluish purple streaks on the hind wing. The dark-rimmed wings have a bright purple sheen that looks spectacular in sunlight. The female (this image) looks much less colourful with predominantly brown wings, with dots on the forewing and a red belt in the lower hind wing. The undersides of the wings are greyish-brown with a touch of orange, and with black spots. Lycaena hippothoe has a wingspan varying from 32 to 38 mm. It is a butterfly of damp flowery meadows and roadside ditches. The larva lives on Rumex acetosa and Rumex acetosella.

Image: Kall (DE) - 11/06/2011

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Dan Stevens from Reading, United Kingdom

Nice macro! I like how the sharp focus of the body contrasts the subtle blur in the wings.

8 Aug 2011 8:33am

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Awesome macro shot! Love the details! : )

8 Aug 2011 8:36am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Beautiful focus!

8 Aug 2011 9:07pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/800 second
ISO 200
150 mm