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Mountain Alcon Blue

Mountain Alcon 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: 2013-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-10 8:14
Viewed: 1369
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Maculinea rebeli, (Hirschke,1904)
Mountain Alcon Blue / Navy Argus

Turkish Name: Rebel’in Korubeni Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: The north eastern region of Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Central Europe, Southern Europe, Caucasus region, West Asia, Central Asia, North Asia.

Living Area: Maculinea rebeli inhabited mostly only small-scale habitats in Alpine and Subalpine limestone grasslands between approximately 1500 and 2100m asl.

Flight time: A single generation. Depending on the altitude, from late June to late July.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Gentiana asclepiadea- (Willow gentian) and Gentiana cruciata-(Star Gentian) feeds.

Description-Notes: A small butterfly. Male is deep blue with black borders; female has very broad sooty black borders, with blue restricted to basal area. Both sexes are gray-brown, with a marginal row of pale gray spots and strongly curved postmedian band of white-ringed black spots on each wing. Is very difficult or even impossible to distinguish alcon'dan Maculinea. A controversial species. 1000 meters below the first, "Maculinea alcon". 1000 meters above the first, "Maculinea Rebel" is considered as. Caterpillars are protected by ants.

Endangerment : Strongly endangered.
Endangerment Factors : The mostly small-scale habitats are overgrazing (trampling).

Wingspan: 32-36 mm long.

Origin of the name: Alkon - artist from Sicily, the hero of Ovid. In Roman mythology - known doctor.

Similar Species:
• Alcon Blue – Phengaris alcon, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
• Large Blue – Phengaris arion, (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Scarce Large Blue – Phengaris teleius, (Bergsträsser, 1779)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A Field Guide To The Butterflies Of Turkey/NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul. .70 pp.
2. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species – Mountain Alcon Blue
3. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa – Mountain Alcon Blue
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey – Mountain Alcon Blue
5. Guy Padfield's : European Butterfly Page – Mountain Alcon Blue
6. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey – Mountain Alcon Blue
7. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi Mountain – Alcon Blue
8. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page – Mountain Alcon Blue
9. Wolfgang Wagner: Lepidoptera and their ecology – Mountain Alcon Blue


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-06-10 8:40]

Hello Seyfi,
Very beautiful macro of this butterfly in splendid contrasting colours against the green environment. Great composition and fine sharply detailed. A beauty!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-06-10 9:04]

Hi Seyfi,great macro of this small lycaena,very rare in my country.Magnificent profile,correct exposure and the usual best detail and colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely little butterfly, rare in my country, fine details, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-06-10 21:49]

Good morning Seyfi

A very beautiful macro indeed,nice bokeh, fine details



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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-06-10 22:37]

Etkili poz ve pozlaması, ve fekalâde detay aktarımı ile yine seçkin bir çalışma olmuş Seyfi bey, ..
Tebrikler, selâmlar ..

nuri :)

Hello Seyfi-Excellent presentation.Details and colour of this butterfly is really excellent.Nice colour and sharpness.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-07-07 17:01]

Merhaba Seyfi
such a lovely capture of the butterfly. The spots and hairs are so lovely and lively.
Excellent presentation in good view.
love your shots.


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