Caucasian Spotted Fritillary
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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.
• Spotted Fritillary – Melitaea didyma, (Esper, 1779)
• Lesser Spotted Fritillary – Melitaea trivia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
• Aetherie Fritillary – Melitaea aetherie (Hübner, )
• Persian Fritillary - Melitaea persea, (Kollar,
• 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
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- [2014-05-29 3:39]
Another wonderful macro of a very colorful butterfly against a beautiful blurred background. Superb sharpness, details and composition.
- [2014-05-29 3:58]
Hi Seyfi,another fantastic surprise in your gallery of rare wonders,a magnificent fritillary caught in a spectacular macro,what a details and colors,i like it!!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
A splendid photo!
super good sharpness and nice light
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou
- [2014-05-29 8:09]
Seyfi bey, doygun renkleri ve AD ile göz dolduran bir çalışma. Tebrikler, selâmlar.
Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Excellent quality image, razor sharp with amazing detail, not surprised with 36 megapixels at hand, lovely picture in every department, what a great effort here my good friend, well done,
perfect closeup, vivid colours, TFS Ori
- [2014-05-30 2:25]
Another beauty from your country. As usual best sharpness and composition. Well done again.
Ciao Seyfi. Great close up fantatstic colours perfect details.