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Dusky Large Blue

Dusky Large Blue
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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: 2013-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-28 10:32
Viewed: 1372
Points: 26
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Phengaris nausithous, (Bergsträsser, 1779)
Dusky Large Blue

Turkish Name: Esmer Korubeni Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: The north eastern region of Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Central Europe to West Siberia, with isolated populations in Spain, Bulgaria, Caucasus and North East Turkey.

Living Area: Wet grassland and damp sedge meadows with Sanguisorba officinalis. Often between 1800-2800 meters.

Flight time: One generation from Mid- July to mid-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Great burnet-(Sanguisorba officinalis)

Additional Information: This butterfly, has an interesting life cycle. Young larvae feed on Sanguisorba officinalis until they are adopted by ants of certain species of genus Myrmica, after which they develop in the ant nest (Tolman & Lewington 1997). The ant becomes very excited and coninues to milk the caterpillar for a while and eventually carries it back to its nest. Caterpillars not found by ants within one or two days will die. The caterpillar stays in the nest throughout the winter and pupates there in spring. After emering from chrysalis into butterfly, the butterfly had to leave the ants nest quickly. Life cycle - Youtube

Description-Notes: A very local and rare species with an extremely restricted range in Turkey. The whole life cycle revolves around the great burnet ( Sanguisorba officinalis ), takes place in the here and the pairing. Like Large Blue. Though spots on forewing are smaller and less conspicuous. Both wings are dark cinnamon brown below with a postmedian band of black spots that are roughly unifıorm in size. Note the absence of any obvious submarginal markings. A protected species, that is highly sought after by collectors and only found in highly threatened, often small habitats. It appears to have declined significantly mainly due to habitat drainage coupled with increasing likelihood of droughts.

Wingspan: 34-37 mm long.

Origin of the name : Navzitoy (Greek mythology) - the first king of the island of Phaeacians Scheria father Alcinous.

Similar Species:
• Alcon Blue – Phengaris alcon, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
• Large Blue – Phengaris arion, (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Scarce Large Blue – Phengaris teleius, (Bergsträsser, 1779)
• Mountain Alcon Blue – Maculinea rebeli,(Hirschke,1904)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A Field Guide To The Butterflies Of Turkey/NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul. .70 pp.
2. Guy Padfield's : European Butterfly Page - Dusky Large Blue
3. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Dusky Large Blue
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Dusky Large Blue
5. Butterflies of Bulgaria: Butterflies of Bulgaria - Dusky Large Blue
6. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Dusky Large Blue
7. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Dusky Large Blue
8. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species- Dusky Large Blue
9. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Dusky Large Blue
10. Schmetterling - Raupe: Butterflies of Germany - Dusky Large Blue



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Hello Mr.Komsis,
Beautiful picture.Nice water droplets on its bodt with splendid colour and details.I like its composition too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-03-28 10:47]

Hello Seyfi,
Wonderful macro of this butterfly in fantastic sharpness, details and splendid colours. The background looks great. Awesome composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-28 10:52]

Hi Seyfi,absolutely great this capture of this rare small lycaeneide! And with the drops of morning dew inside is too better! Fantastic sharpness,great exposure,fine details and very nice decentralized composition,very very well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.Komsis,
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 很新奇
光線亮麗 果實也很漂亮 搭配其來非常的漂亮 也很好看
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Seyfi

Beautiful macro of this butterfly over its flower,
with fine POV, wonderful light and color tones,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


hallo Seyfi
super good picture with nice details and beautiful colours
great shot
thanks greeting lou

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-03-28 18:21]

It's sweet how you show this Phengaris nausithous ... What made ​​you beautiful composition with butterfly resting on purple inflorescence of Sanguisorba officinalis, covered with drops of dew!

Congratulations, Seyfi; friend!

Hernán Bortondello

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely butterfly om beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Seyfi,

You're capturing well this butterfly a good composition, a good focus and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the butterfly with black dotted pattern into brown feather which is stopping on the tip of the stalk. It's also effective in this image for the stalk which bent. Beautiful and poetic photograph!

Kind regards,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-03-30 7:10]

Hi Seyfi,
Fantastic close-up of nice butterfly. Gorgeous colours and sharpness details and with very
nice composition. Nicely blurred background.
Excellent drops of dew.
Regards Jiri.

Marvellous....dew on the butterfly n the flower making sense of the photography... no words to explain.



Hello Seyfi
Superb macro with great colour and sharpness.
Like the composition also.
Best wishes,

Just perfect MF Seyfi. Another masperpiece from you!


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