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Greek Mazarine Blue

Greek Mazarine 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: 2011-06-11
Camera: Nikon D 700, Nikkor AF-S 105mm VR f/2.8G + TC14EII, B+W F - Pro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-21 6:51
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2009-01-20 - 2011.01-20
Was three years. How quickly time passes

Polyommatus bellis , (Freyer, 1845)
Eastern Mazarine Blue
Cyaniris bellis
Greek Mazarine Blue

Turkish Name: okgzl Gzel Mavi Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Thrace, the Aegean, Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Central Anatolia, the western Black Sea, the Eastern Black Sea, Eastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, North Africa, the Front Asia, Transcaucasian .

Living Area: Abundant flowering meadows are common.

Flight time: Flies from May-June-July to August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: The butterfly's caterpillars, Lotus cornuculatus (gazelle horn), Trifolium pratense (red clover), feeds on plants.

Description-Notes: "Semiargus" family, are versions of the much discussed. A medium-sized butterfly. Because it is a kind of showing a lot of diversity, defined as a subspecies of Polyommatus semiargus. Sub-orange markings are as Mazarine Blue, much smaller.

Remarks on Systematics Note : subspecies of the White population that Bellis (Freyer, [1842]) (Hesselbart et al., 1995). Type Location - Turkey. Some authors have a different kind of separate (Lviv, morgue, 2007), consider this taxon P. ISPO semiargus small ochreous spots lower wing. We collected butterflies showed signs typical of ssp. Bellis, and for the ssp. semiargus switch between them both. This fact does not confirm the independence of Polyommatus Bellis.

Wingspan: 32-38 mm long.

Similar Species:
Mazarine Blue - Cyaniris semiargus (Rottemburg,1775)
Iolas Blue-Iolana iolas (Ochsenheimer, 1816)
Pontic Blue-Polyommatus coelestina (Eversmann, 1843)


1. O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - Eastern Mazarine Blue
2. EuroButterflies - Matt Rowling: Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Greek Mazarine Blue
3. AdaMerOs: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Greek Mazarine Blue
4. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa- Greek Mazarine Blue


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-21 7:09]

Hello Seyfii,
Waht a beautiful photo! The light and colours are splendid. Excellent in all aspects. Compliments!

Superb photo, excellent detail, nicely coloured soft background. Good point of view and perfectly focused.
A perfect photo. regards yiannis

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-21 8:20]

Hi Seyfii,
Excellent macro shot. Nice colours, very good composition and excellent detail.
Perfect background.

Hallo Seyfi
Once more a stunning macro from your hand and lens. I especially find the marking on the antennas and on the paws remarkable and super sharp. Actually the whole image is super sharp, and as Peter said: Excellent in all aspects. Really a praiseworthy image. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

so good lighting, beautiful composition in great photo performance!
regards Seyfi

Great macro Seyfi! Very good composition, fantastic BG, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness! Congratulations for your three years in TN!!

Ciao Seyfi, congratulations for your three years on TN and thanks for all your beautiful photo, superb macro of lovely little butterfly, nice blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-21 9:01]

Hi Seyfi! Nothing better to celebrate your 3rd year on TN.A magnificent macro whit fantastic details and colors,and all in a very brilliant green background,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Seyfi,
I love these warm colours :)
Perfect composition. Great sharpness and details. Really exciting portrait.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-21 11:32]

Hello Seyfi.
Beautiful colors and patterns on this butterfly .The details are very very sharp, and I like your composition very much.Best regards Siggi

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-21 11:36]

Hello Seyfi,
congratulations for your three years in TN!
This is a FANTASTIC image with great sharpness and fine detail; the colours are wonderful and the background is splendid; perfect POV and beautiful light. Really well done!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-21 11:45]

Beautiful shot! yes ! Excellent in all aspects! A real masterpiece! Bravo and thanks for sharing!
Nice w-end dear Seyfi and thanks for your lovely comments in my last pic.I appreciated it!

hello Seyfi
congrat with your 3 year s on TN
with super picture's so as now
The sharpness and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou
sorry no more mile's

Hello Seyfi,
A top quality image from all aspects. In my opinion everything is perfect in this capture. Congratulations!

SPLENDID MACRO!!!! NEVER evah tire of looking at these beauties, especially when demonstrated like this! Actually the background is a color i most dislike, yet your composition is refactored magnificently!

Hi Seyfi,

The butterfly is well placed in the frame. The close-up point of view is showing the details and colors of the Greek Mazarine Blue butterfly. The late afternoon light is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Seyfi,
Excellent image of a lovely butterfly.
Outstanding composition with perfect focus and sharp details.
The clarity, colors and and POV are great.
Fantastic blurry background!
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Seyfi,
Lovely picture of this little butterfly captured very well with fine details & splendid colors.
The green BG is marvelous. Well done & TFS.

Ciao Seyfi. Absolute masterpiece MF! One of you best indeed.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-26 1:18]

Salam Seyfi,
such a fine work in presenting this lovely butterfly. so pretty in features and so pretty in details. The soft green background is so pleasing to eyes and the butterfly is lovely.
Very well done job.


Hi Seyfi, Absolutely fabulous quality image of this fine Butterfly my friend, superb sharpness and clarity, splendid lighting with good use of fill in flash, lovely natural colour tones, excellent work here Seyfi and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-27 9:48]

Merhaba Seyfi,
Congratulations on reaching three years on TN! I hope you continue to be active on TN for a long time to come!
A top quality macro of P. bellis, taken with superb sharpness, natural colours and great DOF in this pleasing composition.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Salam Seyfi.
Glorious capture of this butterfly in closed wings. Lovely sharp details with colors so well rendered in the frame.
Beautiful image with strong lens my friend.

Hello Seyfi,
A very beautiful sharp photo of this butterfly, great composition, fantastic sharpness details against a perfect background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Hello Seyfi

Beautiful photo of this butterfly, with fine POV
and framing, excellent focus sharpness and details,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2012-01-31 13:45]

Una gran sinfona de colores Seyfi, con una "limpieza" y luz desbordantes. Un gran trabajo.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-02-01 8:53]

Hi Seyfi.
Simply blameless picture of a small beauty. You managed to reproduce every hair, every colour shade and every feature of the butterfly. I also impressed with simply subject and pleasantness of the whole image, including delicate nice colours and smoothness of the BG. Bravo.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-12 5:14]

Hello Seyfi,
Already three years, thanks so much for your precious contributions. One of them is for sure this posting. A species which I didn't know until now presented with this very well taken shot. Perect sharpness to show all details of the wings of this cute Lycaenid. May be the green in the background looks a little bit unnatural.
Kind regards

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