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African Monarch

African Monarch
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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: 2011-11-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 700, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS
Exposure: f/5.0
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-12-28 8:39
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Happy New Year!

Danaus chrysippus, (Linnaeus, 1758)
African Monarch-Plain Tiger

Turkish Name: Sultan Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Turkey, South Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.

Distribution in the world: Southern Europe, Africa, Arabia, Tropical Asia and Australia.

Living Area: Above sea level, up to 1500 meters altitude, forest openings, meadows and wetlands populated regions of the open areas ..

Flight time: Fly from May to November, are seen more frequently after September. Warm up to the end of December according to seasonal conditions, has been observed that they flew.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Asclepias curassavica and Calotropis Procera is fed with. This plant hunters through their toxics, they do not hunt.

Description-Notes: Mediterranean belt is one of the most beautiful and large butterflies. In general, the whole of the butterfly, is dominated by the color of honey. The body is black with many white spots. A migrant butterflies. The wings are tawny the upper side being brighter and richer than the underside. The apical half of the fore wing is black with a white band. The hind wing has 3 black spots around the center. The hind wing has a thin border of black enclosing a series of semicircular white spots. The male Plain Tiger is smaller than the female, but more brightly colored. In addition, male danaines have a number of secondary sexual characteristics. African Monarch -The Plain Tiger is believed to be one of the first butterflies to be used in art. A 3500 year old Egyptian fresco in Luxor features the oldest illustration of this species.

Wingspan: 70-78 mm long.

Similar Species:
Common Tiger - Danaus genutia,(Cramer,1779)
Tropical Queen -Danaus eresimus,(Cramer,1777)
Queen Butterfly- Danaus gilippus,(Cramer,1775)
Monarch butterfly-Danaus plexippus, Linnaeus,1758)


1.Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.114 pp.
2. O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - African Monarch
3. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa- African Monarch
4. AdaMerOs: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - African Monarch


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-28 8:46]

Hello Seyfi,
Excellent photo in great sharpness, details and very beautiful saturated colours. Marvellous blurred background. Fantastic POV and composition.
A wonderful new year to you too,

hello Seyfi
very good sharpness composition with great details and beautiful colours
good BG to
Happy new Year also to you
thanks greeting lou

Hello Seyfi,
What a fabulous image. The colours and definition are just out of this world. Perfect composition and wonderful complementing background. Very well done and wishing you a happy new year too.

Fantastic, great macro, beautiful butterfly with a beautiful image, the flower is great. Wonderful colors, supert sharpness, composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-28 9:22]

Hi Seyfi,the top of perfection,impossible to make better,A beautiful monarch and a fantastic pic,a great postcard for the wishes for the new year,i like it! I wish you all the best me too and thanks to show us this beauty,Luciano

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-28 10:22]

This is a wonderful image, Seyfi!
Top sharpness and fine detail; perfect POV and light; splendid colours and very nice background. A beauty!

Excellent, clear, bright and detailed photo. Perfect beautiful specimen. Good composition.
regards yiannis

WOW didn't know there was an African Monarch! this is spectacular and seeing we don't see many butterflies right now; c o l d! this is a delightful treat! Happy new year INDEED

Great macro, POV and contrast, well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-28 11:31]

Hello Seyfi.
This is a superb shot. You have done a very good job of composing this. The background is an added bonus. Awesome, thanks.Best regards Siggi

perfect pic for the new year, TFS Ori

Fantastic photo Seyfi! Interesting subject, very good composition, beautiful BG, wonderful colours and great sharpness.
My best wishes for the New Year,

Merhaba Syfi, superb macro of fantastic butterfly, lovely blurry BG, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2012, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-12-28 13:14]

superb macro capture and composition!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-12-28 13:41]

Hello Seyfi!
Wow!!! This is a wonderful shot with an amazing sharpness and fabulous colors! Great job, indeed!Bravo! TFS
Many thanks for your lovely comments in my last pic.
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Hello Seify,
A classic butterfly shot, worthy of a constest!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-29 0:49]

Happy new year.
Beautiful composition for this lovely butterfly on these flowers, fine background too. tfs.

Hi Seyfi,
really beautiful photo. Amazing colours. Perfect composition.
Great sharpness and details. Also nice background.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Seyfi, what a beautiful shot of this butterfly. It has wonderful sharpness and detail. You did a great job capturing it. Have a great New Year, Bill

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-12-30 2:44]

Hello Seyfi,
A beautiful composition in lovely colours! Great focus on the butterfly and the flowers and I like how they stand out against the smooth bacckground.
TFS and best wishes for the New Year! Ulla

Hello Seyfi,
wow, what a fantastic picture of this beautiful butterfly with perfect sharpness and wonderful colours. I also like the lovely pose on the flower, the splendid light and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hello Seyfi

The light and warmer color tones are rendering
the photo very very beautiful, with fine POV,
superb focus great sharpness and details, TFS


Hallo Seyfi,
a superb macro shot of the African Monarch, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, very beautiful composition
Happy New Year to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Seyfi,
Another beautiful Butterfly. Superb sharpness and details complimented with excellent light balance and colours. The OOF BG is stunning my friend.
Best regards,

Hello Seyfi,
What can a say....it is a masterpiece!
A very interesting composition with lovely colors and great clarity.
You catch a perfect image no doubt.
The razor sharp details are fantastic.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-12-30 12:41]

Hello Seyfi,
A faultless capture of Danaus chryssipus. The sharpness, colours composition, BG and lighting are superb!
Thanks and Happy 2012!

Seyfi hocam Sultanın nefis bir alışması olmuş.
Ellerinize sağlık En gzel dileklerimle.
Mutlu yıllar.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-12-30 21:23]

Hello Seyfi,
Awesome shot of a butterfly that I have never seen before. It somewhat resembles our Monarchs here in the US. The markings and colors are simply gorgeous and the detail is superb. What a delight to view for the first time!!
"Happy New Year"

Salam Seyfi.

Beautiful butterfly shot with striking colors and fine sharp details. Love your composition. Thanks and Happy New Year 2012, Seyfi!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-12-31 4:25]

Hi Seyfi,
Really excellent macro work. Gorgeous light and colours with excellent detail.
Composition and background are nice too.
Happy New Year 2012.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Seyfi,

The flowers are framing well the butterfly. The macro point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the African Monarch butterfly. The late morning light is making the colors to stand out. Happy New Year 2012.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-01-01 2:00]

Hi Seyfi.
Simply splendid picture. I am amazed a lot. All is the best, subject, POV, composition, ultimate details and lovely vivid colours. Bravo, my congratulations and best wishes in 2012 Year.

Hi Seyfi, Lovely colours and fine lighting. The details and sharpness are superb and the DOF is amazing, the Buttefly stands out well from the neutral background, terrific result here Seyfi and very well done,
Best regards,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-30 4:01]

Hello Seyfi,
exciting butterfly indeed. The colors are very amazing and so fabulous. You have skilfully presented it in a superb detais and clarity.
Lovely scenery.


Hello Seyfi - Thanks for visiting my picture. Just I read your comment on my last two pictures. You have captured this Tiger Butterfly in excellent way. As usual a stunning BG, which attract me a lot. Good details and nice colour. Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE. Regards and have a nice WE- Srikumar

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