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An odd fritillary for IVAN (74)
boreocypriensis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Hi friends,

Before leaving Izmir to the way of Antalya («ığlıkara, Elmalı), I would like to share some shots from «ığlıkara Nature Reserve that you can understand where we will go. This area is the perfect natural habitat of the cedar tree (Cedrus libani) and many types of juniper, poplar and silver birch, with a total of 32 species of trees growing in 11 hectares. The park covers nearly 16,000 hectares, with 400 species of plant including 116 in the region between 1050 - 2200m altitude. Wild boars, hyenas, jackals, badgers, martens, foxes squirrels, moles and a small number of bears and lynxes also inhabit the area, plus a variety of birds and reptiles (Such as endemic viper, Vipera anatolica. Please see attached landscape (see Workshop) which Iíve captured during our last trip to there!

Here you can see an odd and problematic fritillary which Iíve captured it in our last trip with Catherine to the same place at approx. 2000 m asl. First time I saw a fritillary having black stripes instead of spheric spots on the upperside submarginal area of the forewings. Although it resembles Melitaea arduinna (Freyer's Fritillary, in Turk. TŁrkistanlı İparhan) (click on the link to see more about species). Interestingly, i saw so many of them in that area. Therefore, I could not imagine that this situation is an aberration.

As an expert on butterflies, although he do not like dedications, I would like to dedicate this interesting fritillary to our friend Ivan (Argus). I am sure he will share his valuable suggestions on this issue with us too. Hope you could like this gift Dostum!

TFL and I wish good luck to everyone during my absence on TN
Cheers,

©Bayram G÷«MEN, All Rights Reserved.

PLEASE DO NOT DEPLETE YOUR POINTS FOR MY SHOTS! BECAUSE I DO NOT VISIT AND COMMENT YOUR SHOTS AS PAYBACKS!

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boreocypriensis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
A view from Ciglikara Nature Reserve
Edited by:boreocypriensis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)

A view from Ciglikara Nature Reserve

A huge Cedrus libani is seen here:)
Equipent: Nikon D5000, Sigma 50-500mm lens (at focal length of 50 mm)
Settings:f/8, 1/1000 seconds, iso 400
Date taken: same.