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Caucasian Spotted Fritillary

Caucasian Spotted 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: 2014-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/8
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-17 8:24
Viewed: 1710
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Melitaea interrupta, (Kolenati, 1846)
Caucasian Spotted Fritillary

Turkish Name : Kafkasyalı İparhan Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Black Sea and Eastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Turkey, the Caucasus-Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran.

Living Area: Alpine and subalpine grassland. Above sea level, up to heights at about 800-3,000 meters. Flowery grasslands; grassy openings in areas.

Flight time: Depending on the height, a year developing a generation or two. Late June-late August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, especially Mullins plantain (Verbascum spp.) and Plantains (Plantago spp.) type feed.

Description-Notes: Typical locality: Transcaucasia - Caucasus. Similar to Spotted Fritillary, with which it reportedly hybridizes. Note that submarginal spots above are often crescent-shaped not rectangular or rounded, especially on hindwing. On underside of hindwing, some blackened veins are often visible, especially as they cross orange postmedian. band; in other spotted Fritillaries these veins are yellowish.

Wingspan: 40-44 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Spotted Fritillary – Melitaea didyma, (Esper, 1779)
• Lesser Spotted Fritillary – Melitaea trivia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
• Aetherie Fritillary – Melitaea aetherie (Hübner, [1826])
• Persian Fritillary - Melitaea persea, (Kollar,[1849]
• Desert Fritillary - Melitaea deserticola, (Oberthür, 1909)

Origin of the name: Interrupta (Latin) - intermittent, torn. The name is given by figure lower side of the rear wings.


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.134 pp.
2. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Caucasian Spotted Fritillary
3. Heiner Ziegler: Species Page - Caucasian Spotted Fritillary
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Caucasian Spotted Fritillary
5. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey- Caucasian Spotted Fritillary
6. Russian insects: Butterflies of The Russia - Caucasian Spotted Fritillary
7. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species - Caucasian Spotted Fritillary


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-17 8:31]

Hello Seyfi,
Fantastic presentation of this butterfly in superb sharpness and details. What a beautiful markings on the wings. Splendid clear colours against a nice contrasting plain background. Great POV and composition.

Hello Seyfi,
Excellent sharpness and details of this Fritillary. Very nice captured against such beautiful BG. I like its color too. Great work....
Thanks for sharing,

hello Seyfi
une magnifique macro, le fond vert uni,est bien géré.
Les couleurs et les dessins sont de belle qualité.

Hello Seyfi

Excellent macro of this butterfly, fine lateral POV showing its beautiful color tones
and patterns, beautiful light, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well donr my friend, ciao Silvii

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-17 13:25]

Hello Seyfi,
What a superb macro shot of this beauty with great DOF/POV and details on the wings. Realy perfect shot in all around.Regards Sigi

En turuncu renkli kelebekleri seviyorum seviyorum sanırım. Keskinliği ve renk doygunluğu ile çok güzel bir kare. Kompozisyon da hoş olmuş:) Selamlar.

Good quality portrait of this colorful butterfly. regards

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2015-08-18 2:03]

Kafkasyalı harika..elinize sağlık Seyfi bey.

You've looked in great shape; Seyfi. Congratulations on this fabulous foreground of this interrupta Melitaea. My hug from ARGENTINA.

Hernan Bortondello

hallo Seyfi
great sharpness picture with nice details and good BG
the colours are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

Hello Seyfi
another superbly sharp shot, the colors are simply fantastic,
the butterfly is so well highlighted against the green BG
Have a good night

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-18 19:23]

Hello Seyfi,
You must have been very pleased when you brought this image up on your computer, it's a real eye catcher of a shot. The vivid colors are so beautiful and the patterned markings are like a mosaic painting. Sharply focused against a nice clean BG.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2015-08-19 9:54]

Hi Seyfi
Very good picture of this butterfly.
Good sharpness and Great background

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-19 13:29]

Hi Seyfi,another great surprise in your gallery of rare wonders of your country,magnificent capture of this rare melitaea,only a bit blurred on the top,but taken very close and with fantastic colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Seyfi,

The flower is helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details of the Caucasian Spotted Fritillary butterfly. The good luminosity is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-08-24 20:53]

Hi Seyfi
Perfect exposure and fine details.
The background makes a neat composition.


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