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A Cypriot Cousin for Haraprasan:)

A Cypriot Cousin for Haraprasan:)
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 320, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies from the Middle East & Europe, Fauna of Cyprus island [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-16 9:03
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Favorites: 6 [view]
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Tarucus balkanicus (Little Tiger Blue) [in Turk. Balkan Kaplanı]

I would like to change my subject to give a “special” present to one of our heartfelt and beloved friends, Haraprasan Nayak who uploaded an Indian cousin of this beauty yesterday!. This image was taken after the sunset using the "Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ring-flash". Catherine also attached a WS of the same beauty taken before sunset. Thanks a lot MF! Great company on nature photography:) hehe..

TFL and Have a nice day/week!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


By the way, i also wish some peoples who do not like me or my photos anymore, please they delete me from their favorite photographers.


A very small butterfly with a wingspan of 17-23 mm.

The upperside ground colour in the male is mauve with a black margin. There are black marks in the discal area and a short black tail near the anal angle of the hindwing. The underside ground colour is white with a black margin, a black line in the postdiscal area and scattered black markings in the basal area. The submarginal area has a series of black marks on the forewing and a series of black spots on the hindwing that are highlighted with silver scales.
The upperside ground colour in the female is light brown. On the hindwing there is a series of continuous black marks along the outer margin. The underside is similar to that of the male.

Its range includes the eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East including Cyprus, central-western Asia, northwest Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

The adult butterflies are on the wing from April until November in successive, overlapping broods. Overwinters as a pupa. The larval host-plant is Zizyphus lotus, a thorn-laden shrub that is common in many lowland areas. Recorded from phrygana, maquis, forest edges and farmland (where Zizyphus lotus grows on the boundaries of fields), from sea level to 500 m. It is completely absent from the other elevations and mountain areas where the host-plant is also absent. Flies close to the ground, perches on dried vegetation or stones and feeds at small flowers around its host-plant, from which it seldom wanders. The adults even seem to prefer the flowers of this plant as a nectar source.


1. Makris, C. (2003). Butterflies of Cyprus. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. 329 pp.
2. Baytaş, A. (2008). Türkiye’nin Kelebekleri Doğa Rehberi. NTV yayınları, Doğuş Grubu İletişim Yayıncılık ve Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, 222 s.
3. Tolman, T.(2008).Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London,. 384 pp.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-16 9:32]

Hi Bayram
What a great little butterfly today!
Look fantastic with this black BG.
Colors and details are amazing!
This is a perfect shot MF!

Selam My Dear Friend,

Thank you very much for this beautiful dedication.

What a surprise this looks much similar to the common pierrot butterfly. I hope the other variants of this sp. also exists in Cyprus (such as Angled, Rounded, Elbowed etc.). Very well composed with a nice dark BG. Superb sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing. Have a nice week ahead my friend.

Bonjour mon ami Bayram,

Toutes mes excuses pour le retard dans mes visites pour vous...

Douce élégance de ce Butterfly aux ailes zébrées.
Merveilleuse présentation en harmonie avec le végétal "couleur désert".
J'admire la précision de cette sublime macro.
Toutes mes félicitations.
Amitiés et belle soirée à vous.

Hi my friend Bayram

Apologies for the delay in my visits to you ...

Sweet elegance of this zebra-winged butterfly.
Wonderful presentation in harmony with the plant "color desert.
I admire the precision of this sublime macro.
Friendships and good evening to you.

Unusual, stylish eye catching capture of this wonderful butterfly with truly artistic composition and smart background which compliment the monochrome colors of the creature perfectly well, Bayram! Technically superb approach as well! Bravo, bravo indeed!
George Veltchev

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2010-08-16 9:49]
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Hello Bayram,
you show a clear and sharp picture of the small butterfly.
I like the magnified Lycaenidae because
you can see then the nice details of their wing patterns, wing margins, legs and antennae - all very
delicate and beautiful. In my opinion the background is too dark as some details get lost.
For example, the antennae and also the hindwing tails are 'interrupted'.
Nevertheless, I like the picture.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-16 9:52]

Szia Baratom Bayram,

Splendid photo of this very nice species of Butterfly, I never see them, TFS! Have a nice week!

offf hocam offf. Müthiş bir makro. Minnacık kelebekten enfes bir çalışma çıkarmışsınız yine. Koşan kaçan uçan sizden kurtulmuyor:)
Emeğinize sağlık. Selam ve saygılar,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-16 10:30]

Hello Bayram,
Fantastic photo of this butterfly in great sharpness and details. Excellent contrasting colours. Good DOF, OOF BG, composition and POV.

hello Bayram

great work of the Flash rendering the background all dark
and with the light putting the foreground in evidence,
shot with superb focus great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-16 11:11]
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Merhaba Bayram Dostum,
This is a superb macro of this Lycaenid from your home country!
The sharpness, colours and composition are perfect. My only criticism is that though the use of flash helps with the sharpness and colours, the resulting very dark BG causes a night-time effect, which is a pity when this is a diurnal species.
But this is just my opinion!
Thanks MF and have a good week,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-16 11:16]

Hello Bayram,´
This is a lovely capture of a beautiful species that I didn't know was found on Cyprus! I'm not to keen on black backgrounds but I must say that this speies looks very nice here! I like its pose and details are very sharp. Very well composed too!
TFS and best wishes Ulla

Hi Bayram
This is one of the most beautiful butterfly I ever see!
Great details and colors!
Black of the BG are lovely in contrast with this white little beauty!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-16 12:31]

Hello MF Bayram,
A beautiful shot of this lovely Little Tiger Blue. Colors and clarity are both superb. I love the perfect dark background and the wonderful composition.Best regards Siggi

Dayi super! tam usta isi olmus. siyah karanlik arka fonda cok estetik bir makro olmus. Ellerine saglik. Iyi aksamlar, selamlar.

İyi akşamlar sevgili arkadaşım,
I remember this beauty and the nice sunset on this beautiful place! Fantastic capture with great sharpness and colours. You will find as workshop the same beauty taken just before sunset. İyi geceler,

Merhaba Bayram
A truly dramatic entrance of this beautiful butterfly! Who dares saying butterflies are boring?!?

I do like the dark background very much - like in a theater the great diva alone on the stage - with all the spotlight on her - before delivering the great aria...

Your perfect photographic technique achieved perfection, and it is an absolute privilege to view your work.

Thank you so much for bringing this image to TrekNature!
İyi geceler
İyi bir hafta dilerim

Buena presentación para esa pequeña maravilla de gran elegancia. Bien trabajada la luz con una imponente y realista composición. Enhoraabuena.

Merhaba hocam,

Balkan kaplanınız çok güzel bir türmüş. Özellikle arkadaki simli gibi görünen lekeler çok hoş duruyor. Elinize sağlık,

Günaydın Hocam. Enfes bir makro çalışma olmuş. Farklı teknikler ile iki poz görmek de çok güzel olmus. Cathy ninki de çok güzel. Emeğinize sağlık.

Hi Bayram,
here we did the same thing: using the flash for a small butterfly. In your case as in mine the effect is to give the impression of night. But the colors come out so well and in your case the glittering of just a few scales, a wonderful effect. You present an interesting species. Thanks once more for your as ever careful description and bibliography of what you present.

I don't call you by your title "Prof" although you are one and even have your students look over your shoulders :-) Titles sound strange on friendly TN.

Have a good day. My best egards from rainy Switzerland

Hello little bro Bayram,

an exellent taking macro shot with good pov and details.
Good use drom the flash to getting dark bg.
Fine colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-16 23:39]
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AaaH!!What a fantastic macro and what a beautifull lyceaneide,my prefered family!Impressive contrast whit the black background and the best quality of sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Merhaba Bayram hocam,

Küçük güzelliğe ait çok büyük, harika bir makro olmuş.
Arka siyah zemin sayesinde, kanat sonundaki göz alıcı parlaklık daha bir belirgin olmuş.
Çok net ve seyir zevki veren bir çalışma.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık Üstad.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

Muhteşem makro olmuş Bayram hocam. Karanlık bastırdıktan sonra kelebeği görmeniz bile büyük iş.
Elinize sağlık.

Hellow Bayram,
What amazing contrast and such clarity on your subject.Well presented and I like your frame work,well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-17 5:04]

Hello Bayram,
For this so pleasant butterfly-shot you have earned a lot of compliments and I will add mine too. It's a fabulous shot of a striking looking Lycaenidae, amazing especially to see these blueish scales on the edge of the wings shine in such a beautiful way. I also like the contrast with the dark background. Chapeau!!
Kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-17 6:07]

Lovely species, no doubt but I liked the one in WS with evening light, beautiful. tfs.

Hi Bayram,

A nice change from you, and nicely done. Excellent sharpness and detail, a very attractive image.


Ovvv.. hocam muhteşem olmuş. Halka flaşla harika detaylar çıkmış. Emeklerinize sağlık.

hello Bayram
this is a very nice shot
great sharpness and good details
i like the colours of this butterfly
greeting lou

Bayram canim kardesim.. ne kadar guzel cekmissin bu kelebegi.
Gumus susleri de cok tatli. Ellerine saglik..
Hepimizden selamlar..

Merhaba Bayram
very beautiful image of this black and white butterfly in a nice pose
great composition, framing and POV
excellent details on the wings and body
Have a good night

Ciao Bayram, beautiful macro with lovely butterfly, great comntrast against dark BG, fine details, beautiful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo MF Bayram,
a superb capture of the Little Tiger Blue, perfect flash exposure with a very good contrast against a dark BG, fine detail, a very nice composition, very well done.
Best regards

Ciao MF BBB. Never seen this small treasure in perfect details and sharp. Amazing the black BG. TFS!


Hello my friend Bayram. This little black and white butterfly sure looks like the cousin here - The Common Pierrot.
The upside down perch is beautiful against the muted background. Details are fabulous as always and the composition is the work of a craftsman.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day - Jusni

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