|The common copper butterfly, Lycaena phlaeas. Click to enlarge.|
Its forewings are orange with black spots and a gray border; underneath they are similar but lighter colored. The hind wings are gray above with orange patches at the rear; underneath they are lighter gray with black spots and a zigzagged orange line at the edge. As is typical for members of the butterfly family Lycaenidae, the common copper has black-and-white ringed antennae and its eyes are outlined with white.
|Striped antennae and white-ringed eyes!|
Whence do you come?
I know not, I ask not,
Nor ever had a home.
Where do you go?
Where the sun shines,
And where the buds grow.
Beautiful capture Julie. You are so right about these beauties being easily missed. I only was able to record my first this spring. They are so strikingly stunning with open wings. Love the MG!ReplyDelete
Thank you :-)Delete
They are indeed fast and hard to follow!