Dusky Large Blue
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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.
• 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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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,
- [2014-03-28 10:47]
Wonderful macro of this butterfly in fantastic sharpness, details and splendid colours. The background looks great. Awesome composition.
- [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
光線亮麗 果實也很漂亮 搭配其來非常的漂亮 也很好看
Beautiful macro of this butterfly over its flower,
with fine POV, wonderful light and color tones,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS
super good picture with nice details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou
- [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!
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
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!
- [2014-03-30 7:10]
Fantastic close-up of nice butterfly. Gorgeous colours and sharpness details and with very
nice composition. Nicely blurred background.
Excellent drops of dew.
Marvellous....dew on the butterfly n the flower making sense of the photography... no words to explain.
Superb macro with great colour and sharpness.
Like the composition also.
Just perfect MF Seyfi. Another masperpiece from you!