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Scarce Copper; Manto de Oro

Lycaena virgaureae


Male. This butterfly exhibits sexual dimorphism: male butterflies are coloured bright gold-red on the upper side of wing with a dark edge, while the females have broader orange wings with a dark design. The lower surfaces of the back wings are yellowish and have only a few black dots with characteristic white marks in the immediate vicinity of these. The caterpillars live from April until June feeding on sorrel and the butterflies fly between June and August. They then lay the eggs that hatch in April after the whole winter.


Meadows and bushes. Mountains. Parque Natural de Somiedo


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/640 sec., f/13, ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired.

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arlanda a year ago

Thanks Malcolm

Hi arlanda, please note that the 2016 Best Wildlife Photo Mission ended at the end of January 2017. We have now blocked this mission from accepting further postings. Those added later will not be eligible. A new mission for 2017 will be created soon.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah a year ago


Somiedo, Asturias, Spain

Lat: 43.06, Long: -6.16

Spotted on Aug 16, 2016
Submitted on Feb 17, 2017

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