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Couple de Pyrgus sidae

Couple de Pyrgus sidae
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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: 2017-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-02-14 8:28
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Points: 10
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Pyrgus sidae, (Esper,1784)
Yellow-banded Skipper

Turkish Name: Sarıbandlı Zıpzıp Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Turkey is anywhere.

Distribution in the world: Turkey, western Spain, Southeastern France, Italy, the Balkan Peninsula, Ukraine, Crimea, Moldova, Iran, the Trans-Caucasus, the North-West Asia, the Urals, Kazakhstan ..

Living Area: Diverse, but especially riverbanks and damp places. It inhabits mountainous arid slopes with patches of steppe vegetation and dry-bush shrubs, occasionally occurs on steppe subalpine meadows up to 2400 metres..

Flight time: For a year one generation is developing. Late April to early August, but mid-May to July in most of the interior.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, feeding on the plants grow Cinquefoils (Potentilla species).

Description-Notes: Be the best way to distinguish is to look at the bottom of the wing. Orange yellow, sometimes with two rows at the bottom of the wing-band is a species easy to distinguish. Uppersides are sooty Brown to black ; note the two white spots at forewing costal magrin between rectangular discoidal spot and three subapical spots and extensive dusting of basal gray scales. The caterpillar hibernates. A sedentary local view .

Wingspan: 24-28 mm long.

The origin of the name: Sida is the beloved wife of Orion. She was very beautiful, many believed that she was like an immortal goddess. Puffed up, the young Sid dared to compete in beauty with the queen of the gods, the majestic Hero. For this insolence the wife of Zeus overthrew her in Tartarus (V. Savchuk)

Endangerment : In Provence and Spain Pyrgus sidae is restricted to a few sites and is certainly endangered (habitat loss), but it is still widespread in the east (e.g. Greece, Turkey).

Similar Species:
• Safflower Skipper - Pyrgus carthami, (Hübner,1813)
• Alp Grizzled Skipper - Andromedae Pyrgus (W Allengren,1853)
• Olive Skipper - Pyrgus serratulae (Rambur, 1839)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.188 pp.
2. Lepidoptera Caucasi : >>http://www.babochki-kavkaza.ru/index.php/hesperiidae-/14-pyrgus-sidae-/82--pyrgus-sidae.html
3. EuroButterflies »Matt Rowling : >> http://www.eurobutterflies.com/sp/sidae.php
4. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey :>> http://www.adamerkelebek.org/GozlemFoto.asp?Durum=7&CinsId=9&TurId=140&FamilyaId=8
5. Lepiforum.de :>> http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Pyrgus_Sidae
6. Wolfgang Wagner:>> http://www.pyrgus.de/Pyrgus_sidae_en.html
7. Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey :>> http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Sar%C4%B1%20Bantl%C4%B1%20Z%C4%B1pz%C4%B1p
8. Moths and Butterflies of Europe: >>http://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPages/PyrguSidae.htm


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-02-14 9:55]

Hi Seyfi,your pics are always a step ahead and this is a new amaing example! What a great way to celebrate the love day,fantastic mating of these skippers very rare to find,and the quality is another time the best as possible. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Seyfi,

The flower is helping tp frame the butterflies. The point of view is showing the details of the Pyrgus sidae butterflies. The light is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2018-02-15 8:16]

It is a great picture of these hespéridos. Great qualitty and composition.
I like it.

A beautiful mating pair, Seyfi.
Very sharp and colourful image against a smooth background.

Dear Seyfi,
a pleasure to see this well portrayed couple of the colourful yellow skipper from last summer at this time of the year! Very nice also to read about the origin of their scientific name. Scientists of the late 18th century were masters of enriching the perception of nature with phantasy by citing antique myths and fairy-tales. Thank you!
With best regards,

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