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Lycaena phlaeas

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 28 October 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Lycaena phlaeas (NL: Kleine vuurvlinder / EN: Small Copper, American Copper, Common Copper / DE: Kleiner Feuerfalter / FR: Cuivré commun, Bronzé) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. The butterflies have a wingspan reaching 22 to 27 mm. 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. It is found in a wide variety range of habitats from chalk downlands, heathland, woodland clearings to churchyards and waste ground in cities and is widespread and common across Europe, Asia, and North America, and also found in North Africa south through to Ethiopia. There are between two and three 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.

Image: Wommelgem (BE) – 16/08/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Francisco from Miami, United States

Wonderfull! love the bokeh :)

28 Oct 2012 5:18am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Geweldig mooi !
Ik wens je een aangename zondag.

28 Oct 2012 9:35am

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Superb macro!

28 Oct 2012 3:11pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

You brought the summer back with this image. Superb details!

28 Oct 2012 6:48pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous macro. The detail and color is stunning.

28 Oct 2012 8:10pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


28 Oct 2012 8:42pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Priceless beauty!

28 Oct 2012 9:09pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


28 Oct 2012 11:37pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm