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Chazara briseis larnacana 2

Chazara briseis larnacana 2
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-25
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 11 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-01-14 5:49
Viewed: 4267
Points: 48
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Chazara briseis larnacana (Oberthür, 1909). Male
The Larnaca’s Hermit

Chazara briseis (Linnaeus, 1764) (The Hermit) is a species of southern Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia to China. The subspecies occurring in Cyprus is the endemic Chazara briseis larnacana (Oberthür, 1909).

Chazara briseis larnacana is a butterfly with a wingspan of 55-65 mm. The upperside ground colour of the male is dark brown, with a cream-coloured postdiscal band with two indistinct ocelli on the forewing. The underside ground colour is light grey. On the forewing there is a wide, cream-coloured postdiscal band with orange shading and two ocelli. There is also a black mark in the cell. On the hindwing there are two wavy grey-brown bands; the discal one is disjointed while the postdiscal one is continuous.
The female is usually larger than the male and has larger, more conspicuous, ocelli both on the upper and underside. Usually the discal band on the underside of the hindwing is continuous. In some female specimens, the cream colour is replaced by orange-brown and the grey with grey-brown. This form, known as ‘pirata’, is very common in Cyprus.

The adult butterflies emerge in May and are on the wing until November in a single brood. Overwinters as a larva. Oviposits on various plants of the Poaceae family. Recorded as ovipositing on dry grass in autumn, before the arrival of seasonal rain.

It is a very common butterfly, found throughout Cyprus. In May it is very common in lowland areas, but less common in areas above 500 m. In the summer the numbers in the lowland areas steadily decrease while in the mountains there is a corresponding increase. Recorded in phrygana, garigue, maquis, valleys and forests, from sea level to the summit of Troodos. Rests in shade, with wings closed. Frequently alights on the ground and particularly favours steep-sided banks of hillside tracks, from which it is easily disturbed. Feeds mainly on flowers of plants of the Compositae family such as Ptilostemon chamaepeuce and Onopordum cyprium.

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Ciao Christodoulos, great macro of lovely butterfly on a beautiful flower, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-14 6:24]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another example of your perfection. Brilliant photo!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-14 6:33]

Lovely portrait and superb colors, beautiful species. tfs.

hello Christodoulos
this is a super shot with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos!
Wonderful! Really wonderful! Lovely composition and amazing sharpness and BG! TFS
Have a nice w-end!

Hello Christodoulos,
great capture of this butterfly with very good sharpness and nice details. I also like the fine light, the beautiful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Ciao Christodoulos. Impressive DOF. Razor details and sharp. The best managment of light and colours. Best regards.


Hi Christodoulos,
amazing photo of this butterfly. Also amazing flower. A lot of details. Perfect sharpness and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Christodoulos
The Larnaca’s Hermit butterfly is indeed a beauty and how lovely is the position in which you have captured it. The colours in the whole image is beautiful and the overall presentation so pleasant. Your image is super sharp. You are a great photographer that knows how to handle your equipment and bring forth the best with your camera. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up of this butterfly with fine POV
and framing, beautiful light, great focus sharpness
and details, beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-14 13:38]

Hello Christodoulos.
Beautiful captured of this lovely butterfly, very nice details sharpness, great composition and beautiful colours.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-14 16:21]

Simply fantastic,impossible to comment the absolute perfection!!!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Super macro, the detail is fantastic. Beautiful combination of colours. Excellent composition.
regards yiannis

τεχνικά πάρα πολύ καλή, όμορφη σύνθεση και θέμα!
καλή σου μέρα Χριστόδουλε

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-15 4:45]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent, nice colours good composition and perfect sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Christodoulos,

The flower is helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details and colors the Larnaca’s Hermit butterfly. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-15 8:22]

Hi Chris!
Marvellous macro shot! Impressive sharpness: the butterfly seems to be on my desk!
Great blurred BG, which makes the sibject stand out very well.
ciao! Vanda

Hello Christodoulos,
Excellent photography, excellent sharpness, colors and POV.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Is that a form of thistle or the special Mediterranean flora which is common to that specific area? The butterfly looks fine on its perch. Well done!

Hello Christodoulos,
Each macro from you, is a master piece MF!
"Excellent" is the word fro this!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-01-16 4:05]

Preciosa y muy parecia a una que tenemos en España. Buena luz, colores y nitidez. Congratulation. Un saludo.

Christodoulos, this is such a stunning photo of this butterfly. Excellent detail and sharpness. Have a great week, Bill

Hello Christodoulos,
An impressive sharp photo of this butterfly, lighting and colours are beautiful and a perfect background, another superb work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Beautiful butterfly and shot, well done!


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