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Melitaea didyma - Benekli Iparhan

Melitaea didyma - Benekli Iparhan
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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: 2009-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): LEPIDOPTERA of Turkiye and Cyprus [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-24 15:18
Viewed: 4746
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello my friends,
Today's post is from Nemrut Mountain near Tatvan (Bitlis Prov.) and belongs to beautiful butterfly.
This mountain with a elevation of 2930 m a.s.l. is very interesting with its crater lakes. This volcan sleeps since the last eraption in the year 1441.
Diamater of the crater is about 7 km. Several thermal lakes present inside of the crates. On the other hand, Nemrut Lake is located in the crater. This lake is the biggest crater lake in our country and second biggest crater lake in the world. Many tourists from various parts of the world visit this marvellous places in every years. You can see two photographs of the Nemrut Crater Lake and one of thermal lakes as Workshop.
I wrote some information about the butterfly just below.

Melitaea didyma - Benekli Iparhan [TR], Spotted Fritillary [EN] (LEPIDOPTERA: NYMPHALIDAE).
M. didyma resembles to M. deserticola and M. trivia. It can be recognized by checking under parts of its wings. A light colored part presents on tips of the wings. Upper parts of males are more orange colored. Its wingspan is 30-44 mm.
It ranges in Mediterranean countries and from almost all parts of Europe to China. In Turkiye, it is relatively common all geographic parts.
The species is found from sea level to 2300 m a.s.l. It prefers dry and open grasslands and open areas in forests. You can see them in clusters on edge of small ponds in such a open area.
It flies from April to September, giving two (at least) generations based on climatic conditions.
Its caterpillars feed on plants of the genera Plantago, Veronica, Viola, Scrophularia, Linaria, and Dianthus .

You can find some information on my previous shot of M. interrupta about the genus Melitaea, represented by 12 species in Turkiye.

Dedication to my three good friends, Umar Ulyn (goatman04) from Palestine, Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) and Foozi Saad (foozi) from Malaysia and I wish all muslims Ramadan Mubarek.

Koçak, Ö., 2009, Türkiye'nin Kelebekleri [Butterflies of Turkey]:

elif, horias, parasbhalla, goatman04, anel, jlinaresp, nikosrio, roges, flashpoint, jaycee, buscape, Argus, uleko, Noisette, maurydv, anemone, cicindela has marked this note useful
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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-08-24 18:15]

Sayın Hocam,
Herşeyiyle çok güzel bir kare..Netliği, renkleriyle harika, o kadar canlı duruyor ki sanki ekrandan çıkacakmış gibi.elinize, emeğinize sağlık.
HAyırlı ramazanlar diliyorum.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-24 21:51]

Hello Ahmet
Beautiful butterfly capture with wonderful colors and excellent details, nice composition too.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-24 22:28]

Wonderful capture this Melitaea didyma.
Crystal clear, colors are bright, good POV, BG.

Merhaba Ahmet,

Today, a couple of fritillaries on TN, great!

This is indeed a fantastic macro capture of the adorable Spotted Fritillary! The sharpness and POV are just wonderful. The shallow DOF works perfect here. The blurred BG is nice and it gives great contrast to the light colored butterfly, however, the yellow flower enhances the beauty of the picture drastically. A wonderful harmony of colors do exists in your composition.
Very well done!

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

PS: Sorry, finished with my daily-point-limit, otherwise would love to award a smiley for this great work.

Hi Ahmet

Great shot of thie beauty
Excellent diagonal composition
Excellent sharpness and pattern details
Good OOF background


Salam Ahmet,

An excellent capture with brilliant colors, sharpness & fine details. Well done with great POV. TFS.

Ramadan Kareem


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-08-25 5:01]

Hello Ahmet,
A most beautiful shot of M. didyma! I like the decentred composition and especially the color-combination, which is of great beauty. For me one of the best pictures of this fine butterfly.
Thanks and kind regards

Hi Ahmet,

Awesome! ... The perfect photo to see the species! ... accompanied by an excellent note! .. thanks!

Regards & TFS!


Excellent focus and sharpness, vivid colours, natural light and well blurred BG.
Best regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-25 8:27]

Excellent composition, fine lighting and great colors. Good use of your macro lens. tfs.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-08-25 9:51]

Merhaba Ahmet,

Geri geldi! Tatil birkaç gün sonra yine burada bulunmaktadır.
Bir resim ki bugün teklif vardır mükemmel. Çok ilginç ve açıklama verilmiştir.
Ben fotoğraf kelebekler çalıştı, ama .. Sana bu kadar iyi.
Sessiz bir akşam,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-25 10:14]

Hello Ahmet,
Beautiful photo in great contrasting colours and clarity. Excellent sharp details, POV and composition.

really a special post,Ahmet
impressive sharpness and perfect exposure
in this excellent macro of Melitaea didyma ..interesting note for your trip and beautiful lanscape of thermal lake in Ws

best regards sERGIO

Sayın Hocam,
Makro lensiniz hayırlı olsun.
Lensin hakkını fazlasıyla verdiğinizi görüyorum.
Ellerinize sağlık, şahane bir kare...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-25 17:37]

Hi Ahmet,

This butterfly is very beautiful poised on the yellow flowers. A wonderful close-up of the Spotted Fritillary showing off his lovely colors and patterns. Details, clarity, background and composition are all superb.


Hello Ahmet,
superb shot of this beautiful butterfly with vivid and natural colours. I like your composition with the diagonal pose of the Spotted Fritillary. The wide opened wings are perfectly captured with great sharpness and lots of details. Nice background and informative note.
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-26 7:31]

Merhaba Ahmet Dostum,
A very fine macro of M. didyma taken from a perfect POV to show the open wings with excellent overall sharpness against a fine neutral BG and set in a very good composition.
You have used your 100mm macro well and thanks for showing us this beauty,
With best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-26 12:40]

Hello Ahmet,
A wonderful butterfly against a lovely background! Very sharp details and stunning colours. A beautiful composition too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Ahmet
a wonderful shot of this spotted fritillary, the details are very sharp, the pose is excellent, great BG, POV and DOF but what i like the most are the amazing colors
Have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-26 20:53]

Assalamaualaikum Akhi Ahmet,
such a lovely capture of the butterfly. Excellent sharpness and colours. The contrast is so lovely and pleasant, Upon reading your field work it is such challenging one.
The lake is so beautiful. Excellent shot and a great contribution too.
Hope the Ramazan put into our heart and soul the beauty of life.


Merhaba Ahmet,
a very beautiful picture of the male Spotted Fritillary taken from an ideal POV with outstanding sharpness, excellent colours and very pleasant composition with a very good contrast against the yellow flowers and neutral BG.
Best regards

Merhabalar Ahmet bey gerçekten harika bir görüntü yakalamissiniz.. Arka plan bulanıklılığı çok iyi.. renkler muhteşem tebrikler

Merhaba Ahmet, splendid maelitea with wonderful colors, excellent sharpness, fine details and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ahmet!
This one is amazing colourded, so vivid tones and so sharp details! Really great picture!
The workshops are also very interesting, termal lakes are very special type of habitat. I do not think that these lakes are important for life of this butterfly but it is always nice to see where such insect can be found :)
All the best from Lodz,

Lovely color and detail.


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