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Argynnis pandora

Argynnis pandora
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): LEPIDOPTERA of Turkiye and Cyprus [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-05 17:29
Viewed: 4050
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My Aladağlar trip series continue with a large butterfly species, Argynnis pandora (Denis et Schiffermüller, 1775) - Bahadır [TR], Cardinal [EN].
It is a member of the family Nymphalidae. Its size 65-80mm.
I prepared fallowing information about this species by using various sources, mentioned on the text.
Another shot of same individual is submitted as workshop
A. pandora ranges in South and Central Europe, the Middle East including Turkiye, North Africa where extremly common, the Caucasus, Southern Russia, Iran and north and east of Turkistan. It inhabits in 500-1500m a.s.l. but it was recorded in 2600m a.s.l. in North Africa (from Captain's European Butterfly Guide and www.funet.fi).
It flies in forest meadows where it is strongly attracted to thistles - from tall purple varieties to stemless yellow ones depending on availability. The males can be territorial and will form territories based on a branch of a tree at the edge of woodland. Here he will chase butterflies as they pass along the woodland margin. This branch is normally 2 or 3 meters above head height where they are just out of reach of the camera.
In Europe it is difficult to distinguish in flight from related species the Silver Washed, Niobe, High Brown and Dark Green Fritillaries (Argynnis paphia, A. niobe, A. adippe and A. aglaja) although it is rather duller and greenish. Close inspection will reveal a green shading (of varying extent) on the upperside although in some populations this appears to be much reduced, such as in Crete. The rich water-melon pink underside forewing patch is the key diagnostic feature. Some of the females in North Africa are enormous (from Matt's European Butterflies).
It feeds on Viola species.

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These are beautiful tones of colors, composition and details. What a lovely specie that you captured here. Even if it is confounding well with its environment we can clearly see lovely patterns because of this good exposure. This is very well done! Thanks,

Hi Ahmet,
Very beautiful butterfly!
Excellent nuance and sharpness.
Soft and nice composition!
José Roberto

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-05 22:49]

Hi Ahmet

A well composed shot. The muted colours work very well and the detail is great.


Dr yine güzel bir kelebek. Netlik çok iyi olmuş. Mustafa

Hi Ahmet,
A beautiful butterfly. Nicely composed with excellent details and a fine Bg. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Oops...:) :) all gone. ha ha

This is a lovely shot...well composed and nicely sharp. I particularly like it that you captured detail in the eyes and proboscis.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-09-06 6:39]

Merhaba Ahmet bey çok şık bir çalışma tebrikler. .

merhaba ahmet; cok hos bir kelebek macrosu ,cerceveside cok hos olmus hangi programı kullandın.tebrikler

Ahmet merhaba , güzel bir tür , fotoğrafta başarılı , eline sağlık . Not : şu çerçeve programını banada yollarmısın , teşekkürler .

Merhaba Ahmet,
Bu kelebek ters ışığı seviyor
Sade arka plan renk uyumu ve kadrajı ile başarılı

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