12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Beautiful visitor: Scarce Copper, Lycaena virgaureae on the photographer's hand

I was busy shooting ladybirds on tansy, but a certain copper took offense and started flying about my head like a bat, but would not settle. After an hour or so, it became annoying because the constant fluttring in face and above head is unsettling, so after asking him to sit for a portrait several times, I gave up. There's only so many times you ask an insect for portraits and then you move on, so I packed the bag and moved up an across the road. He followed. Finally in frustration, I reached out my hand and asked if he would sit for a brief portrait session and he did

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Date Taken: 06.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Milovice, Czechia
Copyright: © Mary C Legg