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Sooty Copper

By NigelKiteley
Many thanks to everyone who voted and commented on the Damon Blue, and especially to Paintman, TonyDy, BRabbitt. Irishkate, and Tomcat for the UA's, all are very much appreciated.

Here's a female Sooty Copper warming up in my favourite meadow in Miraflores.

Off out in search of roosting Common Blues shortly, catch up later this evening.

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

Voters: Willmer, paskinmj, Brian_Scott and 32 more

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16 Aug 2012 5:15PM
Lovely detail, nice composition.

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 5:20PM
Beautiful shot.
fishiee 14 478 3 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 5:38PM
Excellent shot of a stunning butterfly Nigel! I've seen Sooty Coppers before but never with tails like that. I've checked the book and online and don't see any others with tails, yet everything else looks good for Sooty Copper and the only copper I see with tails is the Grecian Copper which is nowhere near Spain (and doesn't really look like this anyway). Do they all have tails like this there?

Maybe it's a seperate subspecies?

Awesome open wing shot wither way!
howdog 9 25 1 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 5:49PM
Spot on macro Smile
fishiee 14 478 3 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 5:49PM
Or Lesser Firey Copper is close in appearance but not in terms of location. Italy is a bit closer than Greece though!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
16 Aug 2012 6:08PM
A magnificent close up capture Nigel, the detail and colours are sublime.
16 Aug 2012 7:10PM
What a beautiful shot and lovely colours
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 7:28PM
Another fine shot Nigel

Background is spot onSmile

An interesting debate from JohnWink

What with the climate being on tilt, owt could turn up anywhere within reasonGrin

TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 7:37PM
Another beauty, Nigel - obviously a successful trip!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 7:57PM
A rather stunning macro photograph Nigel, which captures this rather handsome 'Sooty Copper' so very well, stunning natural colour, gorgeous detail and markings.

Regards Nathan
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 10:17PM
Everbody's knowledge of butterflies is wonderful -
and this is a wonderful macro with every detail captured to perfection.
With attention drawn to the tails - this is a beautiful creature.
9 10 10 England
16 Aug 2012 11:17PM
My knowledge very limited but I do know that the image is exquisite.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
17 Aug 2012 11:47AM
yes, this is splendid. And how nicely it is posing for you!!
francisg 14 705 1 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 1:04PM
an excellent shot . We haven't had many butterflies this year, Mainly due to the long periods of bad, wet weather we are getting.

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