12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Large Copper, Lycaena dispar

Milovice is more known as the site of the old Soviet Army cantonment just north of Prague, but today is a wilderness for butterflies. At the north end of the old military camp is a butterfly reserve. After many years of searching, this summer I discovered the Large Copper in the area. In 1994 the L dispar was listed as endangered and today is registered with IUCN as Near Threatened.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Milovice, Czechia
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Copyright: © Mary C Legg