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Scarce Copper; Manto de Oro

Lycaena virgaureae


Female. This butterfly exhibits one kind of 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; there are characteristic white marks 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.


Pine tree forest. Parque Nacional de Sierra de Guadarrama


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/500 sec., f/11, 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 Ashley, it is great to be nominated

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Lat: 40.74, Long: -4.07

Spotted on Jun 29, 2016
Submitted on Jan 26, 2017

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