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Large Blue

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: 2012-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 700, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-25 9:28
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Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Phengaris arion, (Linnaeus,1758)
Large Blue

Turkish Name: Büyük Korubeni Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: The north eastern region of Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Asia,

Living Area: Grassy places with flowers, especially Thyme (Thymus) the larval food plant. Usually dry habitats which, presumably, suites species of the the ant genus Myrmica on which the larvae also feed. See the section on Behaviour below. Frequently amongst bushes or woodland edges.

Flight time: A single generation. Flight from June to August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Thymus serpyllum – (Wild thyme) and mints-(Lamiaceae)
Additional Information: This butterfly, has an interesting life cycle. The larval foodplant is Wild Thyme and the caterpillars needs Red Ants. After the third moult, the caterpillars fall to the ground and wait to be discovered by the ants. As soon as an ant starts to nuzzle a caterpillar, the latter exudes a drop of sweet liquid, which is eagerly lapped up by the ant. 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. BBC's Life in the Undergrowth documentary series - Youtube

Description-Notes: This rare butterfly is either extinct or endangered in most of its European range. The male upperside is bright sky-blue, with a broad black border an an arc of wegde-shaped, black post-discal spots on the forewing. The post-discal spots are small or absent on the hindwing and the outer border may consist only of small black spots. Both wings have white fringes. The female is similar, but she has larger post-discal spots and the hindwing generally has a complete black border. The undersides are greyish brown with large black spots, those in the post-discal area of the forewing being distinctly elongate or oval. The wings are often quite shiny and there is a faint clarblue flush at the base of the hindwing.

Wingspan: 33-42 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Alcon Blue – Phengaris alcon, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
• Dusky Large Blue- Phengaris nausithous, (Bergsträsser, 1779)
• 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. O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - Large Blue
3. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Large Blue
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Large Blue
5. Silvia Reiche’s : European Butterfly Page - Large Blue
6. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Large Blue
7. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Large Blue
8. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species- Large Blue



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hallo seyfi
great sharpness composition with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Seyfi,
As usual a fantastic capture with amazing details, colors and exceptional background. the contrast against the blurry background is great. Excellent in all aspects.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-04-25 9:50]

An excellent picture Seyfi! This larg blue is great. Nice composition and super sharpness. Congratulation.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-04-25 9:52]

Teknik açıdan oldukça başarılı sunum açısından son derece zarif; .. kutlarım Seyfi bey .. Selâmlar.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-25 10:42]

Hello Seyfi,
Exceptional beauty this macro. Fantastic sharpness, details, composition, POV and splendid colours against a gorgeous background.

Hi Seyfi,
another nice photo of the butterfly. Beautiful background. I like these greens. Perfect sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Seyfi,
An outstanding capture with great sharp details and love natural colours.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-25 12:43]

Hi Seyfi,
Excellent capture with nice colours,perfect
composition and fantastic sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-25 15:06]

Hi Seyfi,another great surprise in your gallery of rare wonders of the butterflies world,spectacular capture in a nice composition and whit the best details and colors,a specie really new for me!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2013-04-25 16:24]

Excellent Compositon and an outstanding photo.

Hello Seyfi

Excellent photo of this butterfly, with a fine
POV and the way it is framed with its flower,
beautiful soft light and color tones, TFS

P.S. Recently I have done a butterfly photo.


Nice image with beautiful colours and good sharpness.


Hi Seyfi,

The butterfly is well placed in the frame. The point of view is allowing me to see the details and colour of the Large Blue butterfly. The good luminosity is making the colours to stand out. Have a nice day.


Hello Mr.Seyfi,
Excellent picture of this specie.I like its focus and POV.sharpness and light were excellent.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,

Hello Seyfi,
fantastic clarity, colour and composition.
best BG colour.

Salam Seyfi.
Another beautiful butterfly shot from you my friend. Lovely details and the buttery smooth background is so pleasing.
Kind regards,

Ciao Seyfi. Impressive details/shartp fantastic colours against the brilliant BG. Another professional pic from you. TFS the interesting Lycanidae.


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-05-01 15:18]

Hello Seyfi,

Gorgeous photo of the beautiful butterfly. The quality of the photo is really good, it feels amost 3D and it might fly away if I reach out to my monitor.


Hi Seyfi,

You're capturing well this butterfly by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the butterfly with black pattern to yellow feather. You catched well the moment that the butterfly is stopping on the tip of a flower's stalk. The whole is harmonized well by beautiful color combination.

Kind regards,

Hello Seyfi
Superb photo, excellent composition, perfect detail and colours.
Wonderful to see this butterfly, very interesting note too.
regards yiannis

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-31 9:55]

Hi Seyfi.
Amazing in all respects image. Subject I simply sweet, lights and colours are great, details of the butterfly and plant are ultimate and BG is simply splendid. Bravo. Great job.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-07-26 3:42]

Salam Seyfi
another classical view in special composition. The graphical style of hanging branch from the corner i lively and catchy.
Well presented in splendid light control and color rendition.


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