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Pale Clouded Yellow

Pale Clouded Yellow
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Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-11-12 7:42
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Colias hyale, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pale Clouded Yellow

Turkish Name: Orman Azameti Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Northeast Anatolia high altitudes.

Distribution in the world: Temperate Europe (Missing in Portugal, South Italy, the Balkans, Greece), West Russia to North Kazakhstan, South Siberia, Mongolia.

Living Area: Rough, flowery places and dry hillsides, roadsides, fields of alfalfa. The mountains rising up to 2,000 meters.

Flight time: Two or three generations per year. Mid June to mid-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Clovers(Trifolium), vetches(Vicia), and other legumes(Fabaeceae) caterpillars fed.

Description-Notes: Type locality : Europe. Pale Clouded Yellow is a small butterfly of the "Family Pieridae". Rare butterfly in Turkey. This fast-flying butterfly. Very similar to Berger Clouded Yellow, but forewing apex is slightly more pointed.

Wingspan: 48-58 mm long.

The origin of the Latin name: Gia Lai (Greek mythology) - one of the nymphs of Diana, goddess of vegetation.

Similar Species:
• Berger [Southern] Clouded Yellow – Colias alfacariensis, (Ribbe, 1905)
• Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow – Colias erate, (Esper, 1805)
• Clouded [Dark] Yellow – Colias croceus, (Fourcroy, 1785)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.40 pp.
2. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi – Pale Clouded Yellow
3. Trakel’s: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey – Pale Clouded Yellow
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey – Pale Clouded Yellow
5. Butterflies of France : Butterflies of France – Pale Clouded Yellow
6. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species – Pale Clouded Yellow
7. UK Butterflies: UK Butterflies – Pale Clouded Yellow
8. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page – Pale Clouded Yellow
9. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa – Pale Clouded Yellow
10. Heiner Ziegler: Species Page – Pale Clouded Yellow


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-12 7:54]

Hi Seyfi,another rare beauty that i never seen in my country,great capture as usual,the Yellow is well exposed and very bright,fantastic detail too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi - Very well captured this Pale Clouded yellow butterfly. Excellent BG. Nice light and sharpness. I like its composition too. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of fantastic butterfly on beautiful flower, lovely blurry BG, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Seyfi
very nice composition and good light
the colours are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-11-12 21:51]

Hello Sayfi

Great macro of Colias hyale, excellent clarity, excellent sharpness and details, very beautiful colors, very nice composition and BG color.
Thanks for sharing



Good work.Well back ground.

A beautiful butterfly and fantastic capture Seyfi


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-11-15 10:25]

Hello Seyfi,
Not as good as usual this shot, but it shows an interesting Colias-species, which we have in our mountain-areas too. Presenttaion and composition are very typical of yours.
Kind regards

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