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An odd fritillary for IVAN

An odd fritillary for IVAN
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 200, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies from the Middle East & Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-30 1:40
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Favorites: 4 [view]
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Hi friends,

Before leaving Izmir to the way of Antalya (Çığlıkara, Elmalı), I would like to share some shots from Çığlıkara Nature Reserve that you can understand where we will go. This area is the perfect natural habitat of the cedar tree (Cedrus libani) and many types of juniper, poplar and silver birch, with a total of 32 species of trees growing in 11 hectares. The park covers nearly 16,000 hectares, with 400 species of plant including 116 in the region between 1050 - 2200m altitude. Wild boars, hyenas, jackals, badgers, martens, foxes squirrels, moles and a small number of bears and lynxes also inhabit the area, plus a variety of birds and reptiles (Such as endemic viper, Vipera anatolica. Please see attached landscape (see Workshop) which I’ve captured during our last trip to there!

Here you can see an odd and problematic fritillary which I’ve captured it in our last trip with Catherine to the same place at approx. 2000 m asl. First time I saw a fritillary having black stripes instead of spheric spots on the upperside submarginal area of the forewings. Although it resembles Melitaea arduinna (Freyer's Fritillary, in Turk. Türkistanlı İparhan) (click on the link to see more about species). Interestingly, i saw so many of them in that area. Therefore, I could not imagine that this situation is an aberration.

As an expert on butterflies, although he do not like dedications, I would like to dedicate this interesting fritillary to our friend Ivan (Argus). I am sure he will share his valuable suggestions on this issue with us too. Hope you could like this gift Dostum!

TFL and I wish good luck to everyone during my absence on TN

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.



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Ciao Bayram, lovely dedication to our friend Ivan, beautiful butterfly with fantastic colors, I never see this specie, thanks, wonderful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-30 2:32]

Hello Bayram Dostum!
Thanks for your kind thoughts!
Yes I think this unusual fritillary could be an Anatolian version of Melitaea arduinna, a fine male captured with technical excellence and fine natural colours against a nice OOF natural BG.
The lines on the front wing markings may even indicate a sepate species, especially if you found several like it.
Thanks and enjoy Antalya. We would very much like to go back there sometime as we were last there over 22 years ago.

Hello MF Bayram
bellissimo esemplare di Melitaea dai colori molto vividi che la mettono in risalto nel migliore dei modi sullo sfondo neutro che dona una gran profondità alla composizione. Eccellente messa a fuoco su tutto il piano della farfalla con dettagli che ce ne fanno apprezzare tutta la bellezza. Una gran bel lavoro come sempre. Thanks

Selam my dear friend,
A very nice capture of this beautiful Freyer's Fritillary. A perfect dedication for Ivan. Very good composition and sharp details. Have a nice fruitful tour. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Bayram.
An excellent shot with beautiful coloration, great sharpness & fine details. Very beautiful and poetic description the place and the dedication to Argus. Well done. Paolo

Hello little bro,

an amazing butterly, its like flying fire.
Great pov and details with fine colours.
Have a good trip and take care.


Ciao BBB. Nice gift fo Ivan with exciting colours and contrast. Very good details too. Have nice days MF!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-08-30 4:37]

Hi Bayram.
My best wishes for your trip. I like both shared pictures. The place where you have pictured this beautiful butterfly is amazing. Presentation of this insect is splendid too. Colours are awesome. Sharpness and details of the butterfly as well as blurriness of the BG are superb too. POV is also great. Well done.

This may be a variation on the usual Fritillary, but the picture itself is a great creation from you, Prof Bayram.
The details on the wings are immaculate and nothing else distracts the attention from the subject.
Thanks and regards.

Hocam kelebeklerde bile yeni tür çıkartırsanız şaşırmam.
Sizin gibi değerli bir bilim adamı ancak böyle işlere imza atabilir. Ortadoğuya katkılarınız yadsınamaz.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-30 5:37]

Hi Bayram
hat is an excellent closed up of this butterfly.Great sharpness with excellent detail.Colors are outstanding and as usual great educative text.
TFS Michel

Bayram hocam. Umarım kelebek eksperleri bu değerli gözleminizi dikkate alırlar. Muhteşem bir kelebekmiş. Emeklerinize sağlık.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-30 6:07]

Hello Bayram,
A wonderful last capture before you're off on your excursion! Great sharpness and fantastic bright colour. I like the rather unusual markings on the wings!
TFS and all the best, Ulla

Bayram hocam tam Bahadırla gitme hazırlıkları yaparken, TNe bakalım dedik. Giderayak bile boş durmuyorsunuz:)
Muhteşem bir gözlem ve bulgu. Çığlıkara fotosu da baya güzelmiş. heyecanlandım ben de.
Elinize sağlık.

Kelebek karesi de çok güzel hocam ama beni daha çok Çığlıkara manzarası etkiledi:) benim için iyi bir doping oldu. Harika bir yere benziyor. Akşam 11 gibi sizdeyim hocam.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-30 6:25]

Beautiful butterfly and amazing observations made, lovely image and useful notes. tfs.

A splendid macro you dedicate to Ivan, Big Bro!
I love the classic presentation.

Selam dayi, giderayak yine yaptin yapacagini:) hehe..
Manzara da muhtesemmis. insanllah istediklerinizi de bulursunuz. Iyi yolculuklar. Selam ve sevgiler..

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-30 6:42]

Szia Baratom Bayram,
Your photo it is excellent, and the description too, TFS!Have a nice Day and week!

hello Bayram
a super sharpness picture with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-30 8:50]

Hello Bayram,
Fantastic, what a beauty. Wonderful in colours! Nothing to criticize. Very nice dedication to Ivan.

Merhaba Bayram,
Excellent capture of this uncommon Melitaea. Your photo is perfect for the colours, sharpness and classical composition. I took also some shots of this species, but not really sharp. The 2 specimens I took lack also the spots on the upperside submarginal area. Maybe is it a local subspecies? Have a nice trip dear friend,

Bayram ne guzel bir bulgu..cok da guzel bir kelebek.
yolun acik olsun canim kardesim.. selametle..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-30 11:31]

Hello MF Bayram.
a very fine capture of this Melitaea arduinna in a nice pose, very beautiful DOF against a beautiful blurred BG, the details are stunning as well as the natural colors.
Best regards Siggi

Hallo MF Bayram,
a great dedication to our friend Ivan; a fantastic macro shot of Melitaea arduinna, marvellous brilliant colours, superb sharpness, excellent POV, a very pleasing close composition with a very beautiful BG, very well done.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-30 15:28]

Hi Bayram,a perfect dedication to the most expert of insect of Tn...and a great gift for all,this fritillary is taken at the best,whit a warm orange and great details....seem suspended in the nothing! Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Well done, Bayram.

I was thinking about Schopenhauer and his opinion about art. Through art you can leave behind all your prejudices as a person. Some kind of Plato statement if I'm not mistaken.
Must be some kind of dandelion effect, I guess.

Anyway a very good image indeed, aesthetically as well as scientifically.


Bayram Bey merhabalar,Kıbrısta görme imkanımız olmayan bu güzel kelebek için teşekkürler.

İparhanınız çok şirinmiş. Bu Elmalı iparhanı herhalde.
Elinize sağlık,

Merhaba Bayram
you captured here a very beautiful butterfly, perfect pose and excellent details
i like the tight crop and he totaly blurred BG
color saturation are just right
TFS and have a good night

Hello Bayram,
I am traveling again and it is a rare ocazion for me to have acces to TN. This is a very capture with such lovely colours and excellent details. Nice composition and POV.

Selamlar sayın hocam,
harika renkler ve nefis bir hediye olmuş,
elinize sağlık.
Karstan selamlar.

Hi Bayram,
thats a splendid picture. I appreciate your detailed description of the Çığlıkara Nature Reserve a lot. This is valuable information from a true expert! You dedicated the picture to Ivan, excellent!
Best regards

Merhaba Bayram hocam,

Müthiş ateş renk tonları.
Üstten bakış açısı ve net çekim, kanat iç detaylarını harita gibi tam olarak ortaya çıkmasını sağlamış.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla.

Bayram hocam süper bir kelebek. Kelebekçileri hareketlendirdiğinizi varsayıyorum:)
Emeklerinize sağlık.

Hello Bayram,

Magnifique capture de ce butterfly aux couleurs d' AMBRE.
Extraordinaire netteté, quel bonheur pour nous d'avoir votre talent pour offrir à notre regard, ceci. Grands détails soyeux, finesse sublime.
Merci et veuillez m'excuser pour le retard pris sur vos posts (un ennui de santé pas encore résolu, mais celà va).
Amicalement. Yolande

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-18 1:15]
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Ters ışık,renkler....yine 4/4 lük bir kelebek makrosu.
Selamlar Dostum,Ellerine sağlık..

Hello MF Bayram.
Very nicely captured butterfly from dorsal pov. I like the symmetry in full spreading wings and details are first class.
Nice upload and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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