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Large Tortoiseshell

Large Tortoiseshell
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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: 2012-06-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 700, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-02 5:48
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Points: 48
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Wing tips, like burnt caramel ..

Nymphalis polychloros, (Linnaeus,1758)

The Blackleg Tortoiseshell / Large Tortoiseshell

Turkish Name: Karaağaç Nimfalisi Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Turkey is anywhere.

Distribution in the world: Central Europe, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Fore-Asia, Central Asia.

Living Area: Above sea level, the altitude of 1700 meters.

Flight time: Two generation. March-June and June-July.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Salix caprea-(Goat Willow) Ulmus-( Elm) campestris, Arbores fructiferae- (Fruit Trees), Pyrus communis- (European Pear), Pyrus communis-(European Pear), Prunus- (Cherry), Salix-(Willow), Populus- (Poplar) plants are fed up with.

Description-Notes: Europe, in many parts of the industrialized forestry and the use of insecticides has Nymphalis polychloros blamed the fall. Adults, lies in hibernation. In the spring, they fly again. Ocher-brown uppersides are heavily spotted with black, broad dark submarginal band contains a blue spotband on hindwing. Both wings have jagged outher margins. Note that large black basal marking on hindwing is bordered on outside by white. Undersides are dark, especialy in basal area. Wing are six tree bark.

Wingspan: 55 - 60 mm long.

Similar Species:
• False Comma – Nymphalis vaualbum, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
• Small Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae, (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Scarce Tortoiseshell – Nymphalis xanthomelas, (Esper, 1781)

Etymology: Polychloros- poly = many. chloros = green.


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.124 pp.
2. O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - Large Tortoiseshell
3. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Large Tortoiseshell
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Large Tortoiseshell
5. Adrian Hoskins : Learn About Butterflies - Large Tortoiseshell
6. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Large Tortoiseshell


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-02 5:55]

Hello Seyfi,
Fantastic presentation of this tortoiseshell. Pin sharp with a lot of details. Splendid contrasting colours against the beautiful background. Taken from an excellent POV.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-02 6:36]

Beautiful Tortoiseshell on lovely flowers, good composition..take care of pp work to avoid the blotches in the background. tfs.

照的太美了 看的夠清楚

Hello Seyfi
Superb photo, perfect exposure of this dark butterfly, excellent detail and focus.
Lovely background with flowers.
regards yiannis

Hello Seyfi

Nice use of fill in flash to get a beautiful contrast going between this real crispy caramel of a butterfly and the yellow BG. Nicely done.

Hello Seyfi,
Fabulous picture with stunning sharpness and good composition.
best wishes,

Salam Seyfi,
An excellent capture with beautiful deep coloration, details & sharpness. Very nicely composed & presented with an attractive POV. Nice work & TFS. Salam & best wishes!


hello Seyfi
great sharpness and good details
i like the colours very much
thanks greeting lou

Hello Seyfi

Great macro of this dark butterfly doing
great contrast with its clear background,
fine POV at its level and framing, great focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-02 9:01]

Hi Seyfi,fantastic exposure to take so well the details of the dark side of this specie,great contrat whit this magic and soft background,a great memory wating the new in the next month.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of dark side of lovely butterfly, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi,
Very well composed presentation of a nice butterfly with fine details and clarity.

Hallo Seyfi
The The Blackleg Tortoiseshell butterfly is indeed a beauty and how lovely is the position in which you have captured it. The colours in the whole image is beautiful and the overall presentation so pleasant. Your image is super sharp. You are a great photographer that knows how to handle your equipment and bring forth the best with your camera. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Seyfi.
Splendida macro complimenti per i meravigliosi colori,eccellente la nitidezza con ottimi dettagli,molto bella la composizione ben curata.
Ti auguro una buona domenica ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-03 18:45]

Hello Seyfi,
What a beautiful butterfly you have presented to us. The exposure is right on the money and colors are true and natural. Outstanding image!!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-02-04 9:41]

Hello Seyfi
Beautiful close up.Excellent point of view and razor sharp image.Detail are just outstanding and the composition and colours are just great
TFS Michel

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-02-04 10:09]

Hi Seyfi,
wonderful presentation of the dark side of N.polychloros,
outstanding details, lovely composition,perfect BG !
Best regards !

Just a show of colours MF Seyfi! Impressive details on wings weft. Perfect sharp!


Hi Seyfi. I don't think I've seen wings like this before. I'm guessing it's to look like tree bark. Very cool shot. Nice soft background. Wonderful focus ona wonderful subject. TFS Trevor

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-05 5:43]
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Hello Seyfi,
A great luminous picture of this interesting butterfly. Perfect focus on N. polychloros and a most beautifil fine background.
I see that you have taken the picture in Antalya. I will be there the last week of March:-)
Kind regards

Hi Seyfi,

You're capturing well this butterfly by a good composition, good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the butterfly with feather like a fossil. I saw firstly this kind of species with mixed color of black, brown and green. The whole is harmonized well by a good contrast between clear front and blurred background with gentle colors.

Kind regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-07 9:16]

Hello Seyfi,
A very fine macro of polychloros taken with top sharpness and fine colours with a great contrasting BG in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,

GREAT photo Seyfi! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent! The lighting and the BG are fantastic!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-16 18:53]

Merhaba Seyfi
such a lovely presentation. The color contrast is so splendid. The details is so magnificent, with tiny hairs seen around the wings. The soft background really enhance the composition.
Very well done.


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