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Balkan Fritillary

Balkan 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: 2014-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, 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
Date Submitted: 2015-06-17 11:43
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Points: 28
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Boloria graeca, (Staudinger,1870)
Balkan Fritillary

Turkish Name: Balkan Menekşe Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Anatolia, high mountain slopes.

Distribution in the world: It flies in Greece and countries bordering to the north plus in a small area of Southwest Alps- France and bordering mountains of Italy, the central Balkan Peninsula, Turkey.

Living Area: Dry or moist grassy, sometimes stony subalpine and lower alpine habitats.

Flight time: One generation flying in Early-July and early-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Viola spp.(violets) family is fed plants.

Description-Notes: Experience local and rare. One of the smallest fritillaries-(Boloria) in Turkey. Colors and patterns of the hindwing the other " types of Boloria as " very beautiful. Very similar to Caucasian Fritillary, but underside of its hindwing is paler and less reddish. Their ranges do not overlap.
Annotation :
Endangerment factors:
Boloria graeca is locally endangerd by global warming (at lower altitudes) and always new ski runs.
Conservation status: CR-Critical

Wingspan: 40-45 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Caucasian Fritillary–Boloria caucasica, (Lederer,1852)
• Pearl-bordered Fritillary–Boloria euphrosyne,(Linnaeus, 1758)
• Small pearl-bordered fritillary– Boloria selene,(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
• Weaver's Fritillary–Boloria dia, (Linnaeus, 1767)
• Mountain Fritillary–Boloria napaea, (Hoffmannsegg, 1804)
• Cranberry Fritillary– Boloria aquilonaris, (Stichel, 1908)
• Shepherd's Fritillary– Boloria pales, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


1.Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.144 pp.
2. Butterflies of Bulgaria: Butterflies of Bulgaria - - Balkan Fritillary
3. Trakel’s: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Balkan Fritillary
4. 5.Captain's :European Butterfly Guide - Balkan Fritillary
5. Philippe Bricaire’s: Fleeting Wonders- Balkan Fritillary
6. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Balkan Fritillary
7. Butterflies of France : Butterflies of France - Balkan Fritillary
8. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa- Balkan Fritillary
9. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Balkan Fritillary


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-06-17 12:19]

Hi Seyfi,your specie are always rare,like your post on TN..hehe..this is another great surprise,absolutely beautiful and absolutely perfect,very bright colors and fine details everywhere,a top class macro,no doubts.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-06-17 12:30]

Hello Seyfi,
Clear and saturated capture, with beautiful colours and great BG.
Very nice presentation.Regards Sigi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-06-17 19:05]

Hello Seyfi,
A spectacular shot of this gorgeous Balkan Fritillary. The wing markings are like an abstract mosaic painting, an array of gorgeous colors arranged in an eye catching pattern. The detail is superb and I like the clean BG.
Picture perfect image!!

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-06-17 21:52]

Hi Seyfi

Fantastic macro of Boloria graeca in an very nice composition, nice bokeh, useful information.



Hello Seyfi,
Excellent capture with outstanding details and clarity. This is a wonderful and rare specie in my region.
Thanks for sharing!

This is a new species of Fritillary for me, Seyfi.
Very impressive close-up image with outstanding details and colours on the wings.
Thanks for sharing this great image.

Hello Seyfi,
Osadharon....ak kothate! Ki sundor protita ongso bojha jache r rong er bahar seto na bolai val! Apurbo.....e ak jano rong er sathe alor melbondhon.
Valo laglo chobita dekhe,
Somoy ta valo katuk,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-06-18 11:18]

Hello Seyfi,
Wonderful macro in superb sharpness and details, beautiful colours, background and composition.

Hello Seyfi
the Green BG is superb and highlight the butterfly very well,
fine details on the hairy abdomen
lovely pose on the top of this plant
Have a good night

Hi Seyfi,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details of the Balkan Fritillary butterfly. It is clear and sharp. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice dya.


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2015-06-19 15:15]

Amazing wing pattern and colour on this species.
Eye-catching image.
Precise point of view and focusing.

Merhaba Seyfi, great macto of fantastic butterfly, rare in my country, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2015-06-23 9:12]

Great picture of this beautiful butterfly.

Hello Seyfi

WOW ! Great macro of this butterfly, with very beautiful rich
color tones and contrast between them, excellent light,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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