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Caucasian Spotted Fritillary

Caucasian Spotted 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: 2013-07-13
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, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-29 1:56
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Melitaea interrupta, (Kolenati, 1846)
Caucasian Spotted Fritillary

Turkish Name : Kafkasyalı İparhan Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Black Sea and Eastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Turkey, the Caucasus-Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran.

Living Area: Alpine and subalpine grassland. Above sea level, up to heights at about 800-3,000 meters. Flowery grasslands; grassy openings in areas.

Flight time: Depending on the height, a year developing a generation or two. Late June-late August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, especially Mullins plantain (Verbascum spp.) and Plantains (Plantago spp.) type feed.

Description-Notes: Typical locality: Transcaucasia - Caucasus. Similar to Spotted Fritillary, with which it reportedly hybridizes. Note that submarginal spots above are often crescent-shaped not rectangular or rounded, especially on hindwing. On underside of hindwing, some blackened veins are often visible, especially as they cross orange postmedian. band; in other spotted Fritillaries these veins are yellowish.

Wingspan: 40-44 mm long.

Similar Species:
Spotted Fritillary Melitaea didyma, (Esper, 1779)
Lesser Spotted Fritillary Melitaea trivia ([Denis & Schiffermller], 1775)
Aetherie Fritillary Melitaea aetherie (Hbner, [1826])
Persian Fritillary - Melitaea persea, (Kollar,[1849]
Desert Fritillary - Melitaea deserticola, (Oberthr, 1909)

Origin of the name: Interrupta (Latin) - intermittent, torn. The name is given by figure lower side of the rear wings.


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.134 pp.
2. Babochki-kavkazas: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Caucasian Spotted Fritillary
3. Heiner Ziegler: Species Page - Caucasian Spotted Fritillary
4. AdaMerOs Kelebeks : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Caucasian Spotted Fritillary
5. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey- Caucasian Spotted Fritillary
6. Russian insects: Butterflies of The Russia - Caucasian Spotted Fritillary


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-29 3:39]

Hello Seyfi,
Another wonderful macro of a very colorful butterfly against a beautiful blurred background. Superb sharpness, details and composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-29 3:58]

Hi Seyfi,another fantastic surprise in your gallery of rare wonders,a magnificent fritillary caught in a spectacular macro,what a details and colors,i like it!!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi,
A splendid photo!

hallo Seyfi
super good sharpness and nice light
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-05-29 8:09]

Seyfi bey, doygun renkleri ve AD ile gz dolduran bir alışma. Tebrikler, selmlar.

nuri :)

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Seyfi,

Excellent quality image, razor sharp with amazing detail, not surprised with 36 megapixels at hand, lovely picture in every department, what a great effort here my good friend, well done,

Best Regards,


perfect closeup, vivid colours, TFS Ori

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-05-30 2:25]

Hello Seyfi,
Another beauty from your country. As usual best sharpness and composition. Well done again.

Ciao Seyfi. Great close up fantatstic colours perfect details.


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