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Clouded Parnassius

Clouded Parnassius
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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/14.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-12-21 14:41
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* * * Merry Christmas to everybody * * *

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Parnassius mnemosyne, (Linnaeus,1758)
Clouded Parnassius

Turkish Name: Dumanlı Apollo Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Extremely local in Aegean and Marmara regions and much of central Anatolia; widespread elsewhere.

Distribution in the world: Scattered, local populations in the Pyrenees, Central Massif, the Alps, mountainous areas in Italy, Sicily, the Balkans and Greece, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Baltic States. Its range extends across the Caucasus to the Middle East and eastwards across Iran, Afghanistan and Middle Asia to West Siberia.

Living Area: 200 - 3.000 metres or even higher. Open woodland of all types, wooded steppes and subalpine and alpine grassland.

Flight time: One generation flying from May till August depending on altitude.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Grasses, especially Corydalis spp. plants are fed with.

Description-Notes: Type Locality: Finland. Is a rare butterfly. A relatively large white butterfly with prominent black veins, two black spots on forewing cell and transparent wings. Female's wings are slightly grayer. Note the distinctly concave hindwing trailing margin. The forewings are whitish and transparent and have two black spots. There are some black veins. The underside is a copy of upside. In the middle of the wing there is one black spot and some black veins. There is a dark zone around the body. The egg hibernates. In spring, as soon as it has hatched, the small caterpillar starts its search for a suitable foodplant.

Wingspan: 54-64 mm long.

Major Threat(s) : This species is especially threatened by changes in the management of semi-natural grasslands and woodland. Both intensification of use and abandonment will have a negative impact on this butterfly.

Similar Species:
• Small Apollo - Parnassius phoebus (Fabricius, 1793)
• Apollo- Parnassius apollo, (Linnaeus,1758)
• Black-veined White - Aporia crataegi, (Linnaeus,1758)
• False Apollo- Archon apollinus, (Herbst,1798)

Mythological: Mnemosyne (Greek mythology) - Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory, the mother of the nine Muses, daughter of Uranus and Gaia.


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul..20 pp.
2. Babochki-kavkaza’s : Lepidoptera Caucasi - Clouded Parnassius
3. AdaMerOs : The Butterflies Monitoring & Photography Society in Turkey - Clouded Parnassius
4. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Clouded Parnassius
5. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Clouded Parnassius
6. Lepiforum.de : Help for determining the proven European butterfly species - Clouded Parnassius
7. Trakel’s : Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Clouded Parnassius
8. Butterflies of France : Butterflies of France - Clouded Parnassius
9. Butterflies of Bulgaria : Butterflies of Bulgaria - Clouded Parnassius
10. The IUCN Red List : Threat Species - Clouded Parnassius


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-12-21 14:44]

Hi Seyfi,spectacular choice for the Christmas postcard! One of the most beautiful butterfly in a top quality capture!!! The sharpness and the exposure are fantastic,thanks a lot for this new great post and all the best to you and your family for the Christmas days! Luciano.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-12-21 19:39]

Hello Seyfi, and "Merry Christmas" to you also.
A wonderful presentation of this fine looking female Clouded Apollo. The butterfly is in sharp focus and shows excellent detail. Nicely framed and displaying good exposure. The veined wings are very attractive and appear to be very delicate in texture, almost paper like. Well done!!

Hi Seyfi!
Superb macro with lovely colors all around. Perfect sharpness and details. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello Seyfi

Excellent image of Clouded Apollo, a very nice post for Christmass wishes. Excellent sharpness, perfect details, very beautiful color and patern of wings, very nice composition, nice lighting. Merry christmass to you.



Hello Seyfi - Merry Christmas To you and your family too. Outstanding picture of this butterfly. Excellent details. Really beautiful...Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

Hello Seyfi,
I missed a while, but I see that you posted some great pictures of butterflies.
Merry Christmas to you too....The details and colors are very nice.

Hello Seyfi

Merry Christmas also for you.

As usual excellent and very beautiful macro photo of a butterfly with its flower,
excellent POV, very beautiful light, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-12-23 19:34]

Hi Seyfi
Simply a perfect work. The details cannot be best!


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-12-24 3:13]

Hi Seyfi,
Another very nice photo.
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.
Wish You Merry christmas.

Ciao Seyfi, great view of beautiful butterfly on lovely flower, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, I wish for you and your family a fantastic 2015, Happy New Year, ciao Silvio

Hi Seyfi,

The flower is helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details of the Clouded Parnassiu butterfly. Thew good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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