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Ripart's Anomalous Blue

Ripart's Anomalous Blue
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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, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-03 2:08
Viewed: 1365
Points: 18
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Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) ripartii, (Freyer, 1830 )
Ripart's Anomalous Blue

Turkish Name: Ripart`ın Anormal Çokgözlü Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Central Anatolia, southwestern Anatolia, Northwest Anatolia, Eastern and Northeastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Southern Europe, Spain, France, Italy, Macedonia, Greece and the Balkans,South Poland, Asia Minor and the Crimea, South-West Siberia, the Altai Mountains and Kazakhstan.

Living Area: 100 - 1800 meters above sea level. Dry hillsides with little vegetation.

Flight time: Develops in one generation. June to August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Sainfoin (Onobrychis spp) and emerging caterpillars fed. Caterpillars overwinter the first age, buried in the litter. During development in custody of ants.

Description-Notes: A rare butterfly. Both sexes have dark brown uppersides with brown fringes. Beige - brown ground color; faint hindwing submarginal spots; barely visible forewing submarginal spots; a distinctive white streak on hindwing that often enlarges distally; postmedian spots that are clearly ringed with white on both wings; and forewing band of postmedian spots that strongly curve outwards. Note the fine and elongated forewing discoidal bar; hindwing discoidal spots is strongly reduced or nearly absent.

Wingspan: 30-32 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Higgin's Anomalous Blue - Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) nephohiptamenos , (Brown & Coutsis, 1978)
• Forster’s Anomalous Blue - Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) eriwanensis, (Forster,1960)
• Gallo's Anomalous Blue - Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) galloi, (Balletto & Toso, 1979)
• Piedmont Anomalous Blue - Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) humedasae, (Toso & Balletto, 1976)
• Lebanese Anomalous Blue - Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) alcestis, (Zerny, 1932)
• Persian Anomalous Blue - Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) demavendi, (Pfeiffer,1938)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.100 pp.
2. Trakel’s: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Ripart's Anomalous Blue
3. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Ripart's Anomalous Blue
4. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Ripart's Anomalous Blue
5. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa - Ripart's Anomalous Blue
6. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Ripart's Anomalous Blue
7. Guy Padfield's : European Butterfly Page - Ripart's Anomalous Blue
8. Butterflies of France : Butterflies of France - Ripart's Anomalous Blue
9. Butterflies of Bulgaria : Butterflies of Bulgaria - Ripart's Anomalous Blue


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Seeing this Blue for the first time, Seyfi.
Really impressive point of view with great details on the wing in view.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Seyfi - It' s really amazinh how many Blue species exist! This one is a real beauty. Nice colour on its wings. Well captured and presented. Stunning BG as usual with good details and sharpness. Like composition too. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE - Srikumar

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of rare little butterfly, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-03 10:34]

Hello Seyfi,
Another splendid macro in very clear colours and good sharpness. Taken from a perfect POV with a nice plain background. Excellent composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-10-03 10:56]

Excellent picture of this beautiful one! The combination with the flower and the background is perfect. Great sharpness, color, details and deep of field. Congratulation and thank you for sharing it. Saludos.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-03 11:47]

Hi Seyfi,another rare and magnificent butterfly,your pics from Turkey are always original talking about the species,great macro in a decentralized composition made with the best detail and colors,very well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi

Perfect image of this rare lycaenid, very interesting information too, excellent composition, excellent clarity, fine details either both antennae, very nice natural colors, nice BG color. Thanks for sharing.



hallo Seyfi
this is super good
i like this pose and the good sharpness
also the colours are beautiful
thanks gr lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-10-05 2:06]

Hello Seyfi,
Another beautiful butterfly-picture from you. A cute Lycaenid which I didn't know until now. It looks quite alike our Polyommatus damon.
Kind regards

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