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Zerynthia cerisyi

Zerynthia cerisyi
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-23
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-09 6:07
Viewed: 3300
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Zerynthia cerisyi (Godart, 1824). Male
Eastern Festoon

Zerynthia cerisyi is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae with a wingspan of 45-65 mm. It is a species found in south-eastern Europe, the Middle East, Iraq and Iran. In Cyprus it is represented by the endemic subspecies, Zerynthia cerisyi cypria (Stichel, 1907).

The adult butterflies usually start to emerge early in March (sometimes in February) and are on the wing until the beginning of June in a single generation. It overwinters as a pupa.

The larval host-plants are various species of the genus Aristolochia. In Cyprus there are two species of this genus, Aristolochia sempervirens and Aristolochia parvifolia. Zerynthia cerisyi has only been observed ovipositing on Aristolochia sempervirens. The larvae feed on the leaves and flowers of this plant and complete their development by July. Zerynthia cerisyi is a common butterfly occurring mainly in the foothills and mountain areas of central southern and western Cyprus. Occurs in a variety of habitats, such as maquis, garigue, phrygana, forests, cultivated areas and riverbeds from sea level to 1900 m. Even though it is found in the lowlands, it is much more common in the mountains, especially close to areas with running water where its host-plant Aristolochia sempervirens thrives. It is absent from the Mesaoria plain and many lowland and coastal areas.

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  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-05-09 6:21]

Fine image of this colorful butterfly in good composition, the details, as usual, are excellent. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
a superb capture in all respect. composition, colour and the sharpness is fantastic.
with best wishes.

A very interesting species on display here in your picture, Chris.
The image is exceptionally sharp and crisp. Your camera settings knock me out. Whenever I try to emulate you, I end up with a very grainy and dark picture.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Hello Christodoulos,
great capture of this beautiful butterfly with good sharpness and a nice pose on the flower. I especially like the wonderful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Ciao Christodoulos. TFS the magnificent specie. Special colours for the beauty. Razor details impressive light indeed.


Hello Christodoulos,
Gorgeous capture with excellent contrast and superb vivid colors. It is a lovely photo. The details and colors are great. I am still waiting for more butterfly species to came out from their hidding places....
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Christodoulos, great macro of fantastic butterfly, beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, great light, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Christodoulos,
really nice photo. Great sharpness and details. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-09 11:54]

Hello Christodoulos.
Beautiful presentation of this Zerynthia. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful matching colours in the photo. Taken from a very good POV in a nice composition.
Best regards Siggi

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-09 12:11]

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic photo! Very high quality.
Regards from Lesvos,

Ciao Christodoulos.
Splendida macro,non ho parole veramente molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

  • Great 
  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-05-09 14:54]

Fantastic image, Christodoulos!!
All is really perfect!! Great quality!

A splendid image with perfect detail and light.
Excellent focus and composition.
regards yiannis

Hello Christodoulos,

An excellent macro with beautiful coloartion, sharpness & details. Great POV & composition.

Very nicely done & TFS.

Regards & best wishes!


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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-05-09 20:59]

Hello Christodoulos,

Outstanding light, details and colors ! A beautiful butterfly ! TFS Tina

Hi christodoulos
Its a very sharp and briliand capture of a very colourfull and beautiful batterfly.
Nice composition with a nicely blurred background
thanks for sharing

Hi Christodoulos

Very nice composition, sharpness and colours is perfect ...Congraculation ...


Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic macro.Impressive sharpness,excellent composition,colours and lighting.Very beautiful.Congrats!
Thank You
Kind regards

  • Great 
  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-05-10 8:26]

Outstanding capture!

As usual you make perfect use of the light, and manage to get you subject against the best BG.



Ciao Christodoulos,
che dire ? ECCELLENTE FOTO, perfetta in tutto
Ciao Vanni

  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-05-10 15:12]

Hello Christodoulos,
Amazing shot of this gorgeous butterfly. Love the intricate patterns and beautiful natural colors you have so wonderfully captured. Looks like I could reach right out and touch him. Well done!!

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-11 2:18]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
A perfect shot of this lovely butterfly species. What can I add? just perfect :-)
Thanks for the note too.
Kind regards

  • Great 
  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-05-13 14:06]

Hi Chris!
A beautty!! The capture is perfect in all aspect.
Details of the butterfly are amazing and the light is simply fabulous!
Great blurred BG.
Congratulatins my friend.
ciao and nice week! Vanda

in my dreams ... wonderful capture,Chris

simply perfect picture Chris, excellent focus for this wonderful butterfly, lovely details and great light control,

un saluto, tino

Hi Christodoulos,
Nice pic of this butterfly, good composition.
Thanks for sharing & best regards, Ferran

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-17 9:37]

No comment,this is simply FANTASTIC!!! What a specie and what a pic,needs 100 points for this magnificent work! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Christodoulos

Great macro shot of this butterfly with his
acrobatic pose over his flower, fine POV,
great focus, sharpness and details,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Witaj Christodoulos,
Beautiful picture. You have very sharp all butterflies' elements. Beautiful colours and perfectly blurred background. I spy on Your Exif. I will move with Your trace probably :).
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam

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