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Caucasian Fritillary

Caucasian Fritillary
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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: 2014-07-13
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, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-01-21 2:13
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Boloria caucasica, (Lederer,1852)
Caucasian Fritillary

Turkish Name: Kafkas Menekşe Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Black Sea, Eastern Anatolia, high mountain slopes.

Distribution in the world: Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and South Russia.

Living Area: Alpine and subalpine wet mountain meadows up to 2500 meters.

Flight time: One generation flying in Mid-July to Mid-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars feed on alpine violets: Shallow violet (Viola minuta), Caucasian violet (V. caucasica), mountain violet (V. oreades).

Description-Notes: Typical locality, Georgia. Local and rare. One of the smallest fritillaries-(Boloria) in Turkey. Colors and patterns of the hindwing the other "types of Boloria as" very beautiful. Another small fritillary with orange-red upper sides and a row triangular marginal spots on both wings-but the only one in its range. Note the extensive dark basal area on hindwing. Orange, red and yellow hindwing markings are complex; but there is always a rusty basal band with a small light spot in the middle and white marginal spots. Males are more brightly colored .

Wingspan: 32-36 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Balkan Fritillary-Boloria graeca,(Staudinger,1870)
• Pearl-bordered Fritillary-Boloria euphrosyne,(Linnaeus, 1758)
• Small pearl-bordered fritillary-Boloria selene,(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
• Weaver's Fritillary-Boloria dia, (Linnaeus, 1767)
• Mountain Fritillary-Boloria napaea, (Hoffmannsegg, 1804)
• Shepherd's Fritillary-Boloria pales, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
• Cranberry Fritillary-Boloria aquilonaris, (Stichel, 1908)

Origin of the name: Caucasica (Latin, toponymic) - Caucasian.


1.Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.144 pp.
2. Trakel’s: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Caucasian Fritillary
3. Lepidoptera.pro : Butterflies of The Russia - Caucasian Fritillary
4. Russian insects: Butterflies of The Russia - Caucasian Fritillary
5. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Caucasian Fritillary
6. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Caucasian Fritillary


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hallo Seyfi

great sharpness composition with nice BG and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Salam Seyfi!
A perfect close-up of this lovely butterfly with superb details. Lovely shades of orange on wings and a superb, smooth BG. Thanks for sharing this fine shot,
Best Regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-01-21 4:20]

Hi Seyfi,fantastic macro of this rare beautiful fritillary! Bright colors and fine details in a very professional macro..as usual! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi - As usual outstanding work! Splendid soft light with attractive color and composition. I like its BG too. Thanks for sharing with USEFUL note with so many links. Regards - Srikumar

Hello Seyfi,
Amazing catch of this Caucasian Fritillary. It is a interesting image with excellent clarity and sharp details. Lovely composition.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Seyfi

Great macro of this butterfly, fine POV and framing, great focus,
sharpness, details, superb contrast between the color tones, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-01-21 19:08]

Hello Seyfi,
This is one spectacular shot and of exceptional beauty. You could not ask for finer detail and the color is gorgeous. I really like the clean blurred BG and perfect exposure you managed to obtain. Awesome image!!

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2015-01-21 20:26]

Hello Seyfi,
Fantastic macro of this beautiful butterfly. Impressive sharpness, details and colours and contrasts. The green background enhances the beauty of the orange butterfly.
Thanks for the share,

Super gud foto. Remarkable details n depth of field.


Hello Seyfi

Perfect image of Boloria, excellent composition, excellent sharpness and details, beautiful wing colors and pattern. Thanks for sharing



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