Thursday, March 18, 2010

#136 Denmark...Thanks Dorthe!

The 9.50kr stamp was from 2010 Nature issue depicting a butterfly named Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas),which is a common and widespread little butterfly easily identifiable across Europe,Asia and North America.

In bright sun it is a very active little butterfly with the males setting up small territories which they will defend vigorously against rival males or indeed any unlucky passing insect. Even the shadow of a large bird passing overhead is enough to get him going. Females are pursued mercilessly and mating usually occurs low down in vegetation.

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