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Black Hairstreak

Black Hairstreak
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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: 2013-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-10-24 6:19
Viewed: 1996
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Satyrium pruni, (Linnaeus, 1758)

Black Hairstreak

Turkish Name: Kara Sevbeni Kelebeği-(Erik Sevbenisi)

Distribution in Turkey: Thrace – Kırklareli.

Distribution in the world: Turkey. Widespread across central and eastern Europe, but is absent from the Iberian peninsula, the Mediterranean coast, France, Netherlands and most of Finland and Sweden. Southern Siberia, Korea to Japan.

Living Area: Altitude: 200-750metres. The habitat requirement is dense, mature but not moribund, blackthorn thickets. Forest edges, warm scrub on sunny slopes.

Flight time: For the year develops a generation. Late May – Early-July.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Prunus spinosa-(Blackthorn), Prunus domestica-(Plum) plants are fed up with.

Description-Notes: Typical locality, Europe. Rare and elusive butterfly. Generally, the higher trees, sheltered, south-facing and sunny resting places. To be fed, white flowers are coming for a short time. This is difficult to see why. Hindwing thoroughly covers the edge of the black spots on both sides of the tape orange and white lines appear on their outside. This is the edge of the orange, black and white spots on the forewing band is lacking and grayed out. Either side, just below the orange band traversing the entire wing is white striped bow. Wing with a black appearance and the lower edge of the rear wing has three red spots. The slightly larger female is lighter in color and has on the top of the front wing an orange wipe that lacks the male.

Wingspan: 34-39 mm long.

Similar Species:
• White-letter Hairstreak- Satyrium w-album,(Knoch, 1782)
• Blue-Spot Hairstreak– Satyrium spini,(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Etymology: " Prunus , genus name of stone fruit plants. " . S PULER 1 (1908: 53R):


1. Trakel’s: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Black Hairstreak
2. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Black Hairstreak
3. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Black Hairstreak
4. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Black Hairstreak
5. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species - Black Hairstreak
6. Guy Padfield's : European Butterfly Page - Black Hairstreak
7. UK Butterflies: UK Butterflies - Black Hairstreak


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Hello Seyfi
What an excellent picture of this beautiful butterfly.
superb sharpness and perfect colour.
best wishes,

Hello Mr.Seyfi,
I like this BG very much.Excellent light management.Butterfly is well sharpen with nice colour.Like its majestic pose on white flowers.Good details and placement.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Seyfi,
I am impressed by the magnificent sharpness and details of this image. The composition is wonderful. Very nice colors and outstanding clarity. Lovely contrast. A top quality image.

Hello Seyfi,
Stunning presentation of this rarely seen Lycaenidae with very good point of view, excellent sharpness, great fine details, and brilliant colors. I like the green blurry BG as well. Very well done, my friend, and thanks. Have a nice day!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-24 7:08]

Hello Seyfi.
Well done! And you've now got a superb close capture of the Black Hairstreak in a fine pose. Excellent sharpness and colours! A fine green background too to set it off. Congratulations!Regards Siggi

hallo seyfi
great sharpness and good details
the BG and colours are beautiful

thanks greeting lou

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-10-24 8:08]

Merhaba Seyfi Bey,
Eriksevbeninin çok güzel sunumu, teşekkürler..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-24 8:25]

Hello Seyfi,
Very beautiful macro of this butterfly in brilliant sharpness and details. Taken from a very good POV in a pleasing composition. Splendid natural colours with a great blurred background.

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

Ciao Seyfi. Stunning details and brigh colours for the old one. Grat compo.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-24 14:05]

Hi Seyfi,magnificent capture of this specie,very very rare in my country,a bit old but always beautiful,no comment about the quality always perfect.Have a nice weekend and thanks,LUCIANO

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-10-24 14:12]

Seyfi bey yine (en azından bizim buralarda) ender bir nevî, yine nefis bir aktarım. Pozlama ve kanattaki detaylar fevkalâde duruyor. Tebrikler, Selâmlar.
nuri :)

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-24 18:11]

Hello Seyfi,
Looks like this little Hairstreak had a little mishap with his lower wing. Still a beautiful specimen which posed perfectly for your lens. I've always liked the black and white marking on their antenna, kind of like tiny black and white candy canes.

Even though your subject is a bit worn out, its image atop a flower is exceptionally sharp and beautiful, Seyfi.
Impressive POV that shows the details and colours on the wings very clearly.

Hello Seyfi
照的清晰 漂亮的灰蝶
翅膀顏色清晰光亮 真是美麗
花朵也很漂亮 襯托的很好看
構圖美麗 背景深遂綠意盎然

awesome frame...superb clarity and color...there is an angel on the flower. great capture.


Good picture , with lovely colors! Exposure and details are spot on . I feel little more space ( directional ) on the left would have been pleasant , but its my personal opinion , lack of that space in no ways reduce the impact of this beautiful picture

Çok güzel kompozisyon ve açı türde öyle.Aras civarı mı Seyfi hocam.emeklerinize sağlık.saygılarımla selamlar.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-25 5:33]

Salam Seyfi
again another impressive shot and wonderful composition of colors and clarity.
Splendid details.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-25 11:19]

Hello Seyfi,
This Satyrium pruni seems to have been attacked by a bird or another predator, but is still well alive. As usual well taken shot with excellent sharpness and a fine blurred background.
Thanks a lot

Hello Seyfi
Beautiful photo! Very good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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