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Transcaucasian Fritillary

Transcaucasian 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: 2014-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-02-10 5:36
Viewed: 1354
Points: 16
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Melitaea caucasogenita, (Verity,1930)
Transcaucasian Fritillary

Turkish Name : Kafkasyalı Amannisa Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Black Sea and Eastern Anatolia-(Ardahan).

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

Living Area: Alpine and subalpine grassland. Above sea level, up to heights at about 1.700-2.500 meters. Flowery grasslands; grassy openings in areas.

Flight time: One generation per year. Mid-July to early August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Is not known. Insufficient data.

Description-Notes: Typical locality: Helenendorf- Hanlar, Azerbaijan. A very local and rare species with an extremely restricted range in Turkey. Uppersides are most similar to False Heath Fritillary; closely resembles Heath Fritillary. False Heath Fritillary: Undersides double marginal line darker; postdiscal orange fascia of underhindwing with dark dots. Heath Fritillary: Larger and brighter, Upperhindwing without dark suffusion (except for the ssp. lucifuga; there also seem to be slight differences in genitalic structure. Females make laying on the bottom side of leaves.

Wingspan: 34-36 mm long.

Similar Species:
• False Heath Fritillary– Melitaea diamina, (Lang, 1789)
• Nickerl's Fritillary – Melitaea aurelia, (Nickerl, 1850)
• Heath Fritillary– Melitaea athalia, (Rottemburg, 1775
• Assmann's Fritillary - Melitaea britomartis, (Assmann, 1847)
• Desert Fritillary - Melitaea deserticola, (Oberthür, 1909)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.130 pp.
2. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Transcaucasian Fritillary
3. Heiner Ziegler: Species Page - Transcaucasian Fritillary
4. AdaMerOs : The Butterflies Monitoring & Photography Society in Turkey - Transcaucasian Fritillary
5. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey- Transcaucasian Fritillary
6. Russian insects: Butterflies of The Russia - Transcaucasian Fritillary
7. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species- Transcaucasian Fritillary


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hallo Seyfi
great composition with nice BG and beautiful colours
sharpness and light are also very good
thanks gr lou

Hi Seyfi

Perfect image of Melitea in a very nice composition, nice lighting, very beautiful BG color, excellent sharpness, fine details and a very beautiful color pattern of wings.



Ciao Seyfi, lovely composition with fantastic butterfly on beautiful flower, great macro, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-02-10 18:07]

Hello Seyfi, Congratulations on a first!
Awesome shot!! I'm sure you had a big smile on your face when you brought this image up on your screen. Stunning colors and excellent detail in this well composed photo. Not only is the butterfly a knockout, but the flower is gorgeous also. A winner in my book!!

Hello Seyfi - I am little bit late! But now it's time to CONGRATULATE you for this FIRST POST of "Transcaucasian Fritillary". Excellent sharpness with splendid BG. Great work. Thanks for showing us such beautiful colored species first time. Regards - Srikumar

Hello Seyfi
Congratulations for this first post of such wonderful species.As usual a top class macro with impressive sharpness fantastic colors and beautiful green contrasting BG.
Thanks for share this beauty.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-02-12 10:12]

Hi Seyfi,spectacular macro another time to show us in the best way this beautiful fritillary,impressive details and bright colors,magnificent composition too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi,
attractively composed, pleasantly colourful, very clear and precise presentation of thies rare endemic mountain fritillary. Must have been an exciting moment to capture it in such a successful way. A pleasure to view. Thank you.
With best regards,

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