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Lycaena virgaureae - male

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 21 September 2012 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 (this image) are colored bright gold-red on the upper side of wing, while the females (see this link) 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: Maloja (CH) – 15/07/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/400 second F/14.0 ISO 1600 150 mm

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Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom


21 Sep 2012 5:56am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een schitterende foto! Prachtige scherpte, belichting en kleuren. Mooi werk! Ik wens je een aangename dag.

21 Sep 2012 8:17am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Une fois de plus, magnifique

21 Sep 2012 12:40pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States


21 Sep 2012 1:18pm

Anita Pena from Bretagne, France

Oh ! superbe compo avec une telle couleur.

21 Sep 2012 1:34pm

philippe from moselle, France

fantastique !!!

21 Sep 2012 3:58pm

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butterfly by philippe

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
ISO 1600
150 mm