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Scarce Copper

By NigelKiteley
Thanks for all the votes and comments on the Marbled Fritillary, very much appreciated as always.

This little stunner is a male Scarce Copper. I have wanted a good open wing shot of this amazing little butterfly ever since Piluca showed me them 3 years ago, and finally i nailed one in the meadow in Miraflores.

Flying home this afternoon and tomorrow i'm meeting up with Ray Seagrove and Tomcat to try and find Purple Emperors, though looking at the weather forecast that's going to be quite a challenge!

Tags: Butterflies Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Scarce copper

Voters: franken, NaturesHaven, MattB1987 and 40 more

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2012 10:14AM


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NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
18 Jul 2012 10:14AM
I like your composition..........SmileSmile
18 Jul 2012 10:23AM
Pin sharp. I really like the composition.
footloose 7 1 England
18 Jul 2012 10:39AM
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2012 10:48AM
Another brilliant shot, Nigel - good luck with your quest.
bps11 5 England
18 Jul 2012 11:02AM
I really like the framing in your image as well as the wonderful detail and dof captured.....congrats!
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
18 Jul 2012 11:22AM
Bang on mate......Don't forget your fish paste for those Emperors Wink

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2012 11:43AM
Another Iberian gem Nigel

Folks from all over the country at Fermyn yesterday, but nowt showed, apart from high up in the tree topsSad
Just wasn't warm enough in the morning

As it stands at the moment, the forecast is none to good for tomorrowSad

Spoke with Ray briefly yesterday - meet up opposite the glider club, by the best ride for the BF's. Take the turn for Lyvedon New Bield, just after the main entrance to Fermyn Woods, off the A6116

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
18 Jul 2012 11:45AM
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2012 11:55AM
Wonderful............. A butterfly flowerGrinGrin
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2012 12:19PM
Beauty beyond belief.

Regards Nathan
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2012 3:09PM
Gorgeous! Well seen and first class presentation. IB
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
18 Jul 2012 3:25PM
This is gorgeous - what a stunning colour!
maggie9 9 45 2 Scotland
18 Jul 2012 4:09PM
such intense orange
love the composition

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
18 Jul 2012 8:30PM
Absolutely top drawer Nigel, the colour and detail are immaculate, I'm not surprised you were chuffed to bits to catch this little beauty basking with open wings. I hope you know what you've let yourself in for going on a photoshoot with the infamous Tomcat, don't say I didn't warn you!WinkGrin
Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
18 Jul 2012 8:51PM
Cracking image, Nigel.
DerekL 13 191 24 England
18 Jul 2012 9:15PM
Super image Nigel as usual.
Like the colours and composition.
I think you'll find the English butterflies are all wearing Pakamacks at the moment - lol

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
20 Jul 2012 10:38PM
fantastic capture! I have put the spot on my wishlist for Spetember Smile
fishiee 14 478 3 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 10:15PM
This one's a real stunner! Pristine butterfly and love the curved flower stem. The soft tones of the vbackground really make the butterfly jump out!

I have seen these a lot in Switzerland and like you have always wanted a good open winged shot but no joy as yet. They are either roosted or hyper. Not found them in between! Also, when it's hot and they do settle it's always with wings three quarters open which isn't nice for a decent photo. This one looks a very co-operative subject!

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