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Heath Fritillary

Heath Fritillary
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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: 2013-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-02-08 4:05
Viewed: 1520
Points: 30
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Mellicta (Melitaea) athalia, (Rottemburg,1775)
Heath Fritillary

Turkish Name: Amannisa Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Thrace, Marmara, Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Central Anatolia, western Black Sea, Central Black Sea, Eastern Black Sea, Eastern Anatolia, Southeastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world Western Europe, Northern Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Asia, West Asia, Central Asia.South Siberia, and Japan.

Living Area: Located at an altitude of 2400 meters above sea level, sometimes slightly grassy meadow near forest and shrubbery.

Flight time: Depending on local conditions, usually in a single generation, Early June-early July.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Diverse, including plantains-(Plantago sp.), speedwell-(Veronica sp.) and foxgloves-(Digitalis sp.)

Description-Notes: Type Locality, Umgebung Paris [Environs of Paris, France]. Three species-[False Heat Fritillary, Nickerl's Fritillary, Transcaucasian Fritillary] are mainly orange or brown above, with a network of black veins and cross-lines of variable density that give them a distinctly reticulate pattern. Heath Fritillary's deep orange uppersides are very variable. Hindwing has a prominent cream (sometimes silvery) median band; basal area is orange with several irregular creamy spots. There is a submarginal row of cream spots between a cream margin and orange postmedian band, all of which are edged with black. Caterpillars molt 5 times in total, and they spent about 11 months as the caterpillar.

Wingspan: 34-42 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Grisons Fritillary - Melitaea varia, (Meyer-Dür, 1851)
• Transcaucasian Fritillary - Melitaea caucasogeniaita, (Assmann,1847)
• Assmann's Fritillary - Melitaea britomartis, (Assmann,1847)
• Provençal Fritillary - Melitaea deione (Geyer, 1832)
• False Heath Fritillary - Melitaea diamina, (Lang, 1789)
• Nickerl's Fritillary - Melitaea aurelia, (Nickerl, 1850)
• Meadow Fritillary - Melitaea parthenoides, (Keferstein, 1851)

1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.130 pp.
2. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Heath Fritillary
3. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey- Heath Fritillary
4. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa- Heath Fritillary
5. Russian insects: Butterflies of The Russia - Heath Fritillary
6. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Heath Fritillary
7. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Heath Fritillary
8. UK Butterflies: UK Butterflies - Heath Fritillary


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-02-08 6:04]

Hello Seyfi,
Striking sharpness for this M. athalia shot, a butterfly-species we can find in our alpine regions too, where it is in decline. Typical shot of yours, with a vey fine blurred background.
Kind regards

Hallo Seyfi
A gorgeous image and as always such a pleasure to look at your neat and tidy presentation. This is a fantastic shot. The detail and sharp focusing is first class. Very good colours. you have captured the markings so well. It is a real work of art! Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Hello Mr.Seyfi,
Another well detailed picture.Needless to say about its colour and sharpness,because it's excellent.I like green BG which helping to concentrate and cherish the beauty of this species.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-02-08 10:01]

Hello Seyfi,
What a beautifully marked butterfly you have photographed, it reminds me of a stained glass window. The colors are vivid yet natural and the clean BG keeps you focused on the subject. Exceptional detail and just the right amount of exposure. Great work!!

hallo seyfi
great sharpness and good composition
the BG and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-08 11:11]

Hi Seyfi,absolutely fantastic this macro! Magnificent close up of this fritillary,what a detail and what a colors,a perfect masterwork! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Seyfy, great macro of lovely butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-02-08 12:08]

Hello Seyfi,
Gorgeous macro of this butterfly. Superb sharpness, details and splendid bright colours. The background is very beautiful too. Taken from a very good POV.

perfect portrait, TFS Ori

Hi Karaman!
Perfect shot; colors, sharpness, focus, every things looks great.Thanks for this lovely presentation,
Best regards

Hello Seyfi,
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 非常的漂亮
光線亮麗 花朵也很清楚也很搭配
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Seyfi,
marvellously precise, delightfully coloured, artistically well composed presentation of M. athalia, a real pleasure to look at.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hi Seyfi,
excellent composition and presentation. Beautiful colours. Perfect sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2014-02-09 9:47]

Hello, perfect in all respects. A first rate image. Congratulations. Your exposure is spot on and the details in th butterflies wings is sharp and crisp.

Hello Seyfi

Great macro of this butterfly, with fine lateral POV showing its
wings patterns, excellent light, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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