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Lycaena virgaureae - female

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 27 October 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Lycaena virgaureae (NL: Morgenrood / EN: Scarce Copper / DE: Dukatenfalter / FR: Cuivré de la verge-d'or, Cuivré satiné) is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. The lower surfaces of the back wings are yellowish and have only a few black dots; there are characteristic white marks the immediate vicinity of these. The species exhibits one kind of sexual dimorphism: male butterflies (see image posted on 16/10/2011) are colored bright gold-red on the upper side of wing, while the females (this image) have broader orange wings with a dark design. In a field full colour - flowers, butterflies, birds... - a male perched on a flower head 20 meters away will instantly catch the eye. It is a common butterfly in high mountains although it is found in lower areas less commonly. It flies in the northern half of Spain, and from the Alps eastwards and from Greece to Scandinavia.

Image: Val Bregaglia (CH) - 20/07/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Een schitterend vlindertje, en wat een kleur zeg!
een mooie compositie, goed scherp en door die rustige achtergrond is het prachtfoto geworden!

27 Oct 2011 8:36pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Magnifique et de très beaux coloris ...bravo

27 Oct 2011 10:10pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/80 second
ISO 200
150 mm