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Amanda's Blue

Amanda's 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: 2012-06-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 700, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-14 6:44
Viewed: 2941
Points: 54
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Happy Valentines Day!

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Polyommatus amandus,(Schneider,1792)
Amanda's Blue

Turkish Name: Çokgözlü Amanda Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Except for the Aegean region. All Turkey.

Distribution in the world: Western Europe, Northern Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, the Mediterranean Basin.

Living Area: Altitude: 0-2000 meters. Forest openings, open slopes, meadows, Fences, Shrubs.

Flight time: May, June, July, August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Vicia cracca-(Tufted Vetch), Lathyrus pratensis-(Meadow Vetchling) feed on plants.

Description-Notes: Male above is bright blue, sometimes with silver tinge, with dark borders. Female is chocolate brown with black marginal spots enclosed in orange submarginal lunales on hindwing. Below male is gray, with faint marginal markings on forewing and limited amount of orange submarginal lunules on hindwing, bordered by black spots on both sides. Female is brown below, and may have some orange submarginal lunales on forewing as well. Both sexes generally have obvious , blue basal flush on hindwing.
Wingspan: 32-40 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus, (Rottemburg, 1775)
• Escher's Blue - Polyommatus escheri, (Hübner, 1823)
• Adonis Blue – Polyommatus bellargus, (Rottemburg, 1775)
• Chapman's Blue – Polyommatus thersites, (Cantener, 1835)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.88 pp.
2. O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - Amanda's Blue
3. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Amanda's Blue
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Amanda's Blue
5. Moths and butterflies of Sweden : Moths and butterflies of Sweden - Amanda's Blue
6. 4. Guy Padfield's : European Butterfly Page - Amanda's Blue



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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-14 6:46]

What a beautiful image..perfect. The species are lovely and one can see the two sexes here in detail. tfs.

Hello Seyfi
a lovely picture and perfect presentation of this two love mate.
good detail and colour.
best wishes,

hello Seyfi
this is super good
i like this composition and the great details
Nice BG and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Seen you after a long time, Seyfi.
What an eye-catching image of these mating Blues!
Well done and welcome back!

Hi Seyfi,
beautiful butterflies. Amazing colours. Very good sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Salam Seyfi,
An excellent macro with such striking colors, details & presentation. Very nicely composed with a great POV. TFS & best wishes!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-14 7:46]

Hello Seyfi,
What a great presentation! Splendid colours, fantastic sharpness and a perfect composition. Everything in this macro looks awesome!

Ciao Seyfi.
Non ho parole,magnifica complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Seyfi,
Beautiful capture of nice couple with great sharp details and lovely harmony of colours within a well balanced composition.
Best regards,

Ciao Seyfi, lovely composition for Valentine's day with nice maiting couple on beautiful flower, splendid light, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Seyfi
Good timing on the presentation. Great photo of these beautiful butterflies. Super composition with great colour and clarity.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-14 15:04]

Hi Seyfi,the most classic way on TN to celebrate the S.Valentine day,beautiful mating moment and the top of quality of details and colors,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi,
Near all the colors of a rainbow in only one photo! Very nice composition (not only shapes but also colors).
Of course, it's also the perfect subject for today!
Tfs, Philippe.

Renkler, netlik, model ve arka planı ile enfes bir kare. tebrikler Seyfi Bey. Son derece güzel ve Valentine gününe yakışır bir kare. Elinize sağlık. Selamlarımla iyi geceler dilerim.

GREAT photo Seyfi! The composition, the BG, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

Hello Seyfi

Beautiful macro with beautiful color tones,
very fine POV and the way they are framed,
great focus, sharpness, and details,
very beautiful background bokeh, TFS


Hello Mr.Sayfi,
Word or sentence is not enough for this picture.First time I visited your profile and watched outstanding pictures of butterflies.
This is an splendid picture with beautiful sharpness and flourishing of colour.Nice POV and DOF.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful picture,
Kind regards and respect,

Hello Seyfi
A beautifully perfect photo. Lovely colours for butterflies and plant. Excellent detail, setting and background. Interesting differences between the sexes.
regards yiannis

Merhaba Seyfi
Fantastic macro of this mating couple.Wonderful bright colours and excellent sharpness.A beauty for the day!
Thank you
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

Hi Seyfi

Simply fantastic!



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-16 4:31]

Hello Seyfi,
A fine couple on a beautiful flower, the perfect choice for Valentine's day! As usual excellent sharpness, good presentation and fine blurred background. Thanks!

Ciao Seyfi. Another masterpiece from you MF! Faboulouse colours stunning details against the brilliant BG.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-18 7:21]

Merhaba Seyfi,
A wonderful macro of amandus in copula.
The sharpness and natural colours are great and the composition with the Vicia flowers superb against a clean natural BG.
Well done!
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Seifi,
very cheerful and lovely capture, perfectly chosen for the day and the time of the year, when nature is at rest in the northern parts of the northern hemisphere! Fine details, perfect approach, and amazingly bright natual colours.
Thanky you!
With best regards,

Hi Seyfi,

You're capturing well this couple of the buttefly by good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see two butterfly with attractive spotted pattern. The whole is harmonized well by these butterfles, pink flower and green background.

Kind regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-27 4:02]

Salam Seyfi
this is areal outstanding shot and a marvellous composition. Exciting colors patterns and lighting. The beauty is so amazing with the ambient of light in the background so astonishing.
Excellent composition indeed,


Salam Seyfi.
Beautiful double capture of these fine blue copulating. The shot is perfectly executed with beautiful flowers and fine sharpness of the subjects.
Thanks and have a great weekend ahead.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-04-15 11:04]

Hello Seyfi,

One butterly would have been enough of an image, but with two just double the pleasure, and I love they are of two different colors. The flowers are also wonderful in rich purple and the soft texture and rich green of the background really give the butterflies and flowers a sense of 3D quality. Excellent image with great quality. My complements.


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