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Geranium argus

Geranium argus
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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: 2013-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-13 7:02
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Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polyommatus eumedon, (Esper,[1780])
-Aricia eumedon
-Eumedonia eumedon
-Plebejus eumedon

Geranium argus

Turkish Name: Çokgözlü Geranyummavisi Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Marmara, Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: The total range extends from central and northern Europe via Turkey, the Urals, Tien Shan and Altai to Mongolia. Island-like occurrences are known from northern and eastern Spain, southern France, central Italy to Sicily and the southern Balkans.

Living Area: The altitudinal distribution extends depending on the latitude of sea level to 2400 m against, in Fennoscandia to a maximum of 1300 meters. Habitat are both dry and wet, often interspersed with bushes or trees, flower-rich meadows and tall herb communities with adequate stocks of caterpillars forage crops.

Flight time: The adults fly in one generation, depending on the altitude, from mid-May to mid-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: food plants of the caterpillars are sangineum Geranium , Geranium sylvaticum , Geranium tuberosum , Geranium palustre , Geranium pratense and geranium cinereum . The caterpillar eats before the winter only to the unripe fruit, wintered small and eats then also on the leaves. She lives in symbiosis with Lasius alienus , and Myrmica - and Tapinoma species.

Description-Notes: Uppersides of both sexes are dark brown, usually with submarginal orange lunules on hindwing. Grayish brown with pale submarginal band of orange spots and a postmedian band of white -ringed black spots on both wings. Hindwing has conspicuous blue basal flush. Majority of individuals have a straight white stripe connecting hindwing discoidal spot to submarginal band on hindwing

Wingspan: 24-34 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Northern Brown Argus– Aricia artaxerxes, (Fabricius, 1793)
• Brown Argus– Aricia agestis, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
• Spanish Argus– Aricia morronensis, (Ribbe, 1910)
• Blue Argus – Aricia anteros, (Freyer, 1839)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A Field Guide To The Butterflies Of Turkey/NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul. .80 pp.
2. Marion and Michael Kurz and Zeller, Christof: Natural History Information System - Geranium argus
3. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Geranium argus
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Geranium argus
5. Butterflies of Bulgaria: Butterflies of Bulgaria - Geranium argus
6. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Geranium argus
7. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species- Geranium argus
8. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Geranium argus
9. Schmetterling - Raupe: Butterflies of Germany - Geranium argus
10. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Geranium argus



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Hello Mr.Seyfi,
Precise and useful NOTE.OOutstanding BG with excellent detailed picture of this beautiful Butterfly.I like its colour and POV too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-13 8:34]

Hello Seyfi,
Wonderful macro of this butterfly in splendid colours and great sharpness. Beautiful composition with an excellent blurred background.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-13 9:10]

Hi Seyfi,magnificent capture of this small polyommatus,very rare and taken with spectacular sharpness and perfect colors,very elegant composition too and a perfect exposure of the white of daisy petals.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2014-05-13 11:12]

Merhaba Seyfi Bey,
nadide türün güzel fotoğrafı..tebrikler.

Ciao Seyfi, lovely little butterfly on nice Daisy, beautiful blurry BG, superb sharpness, splendid light, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi,
Your are a true artist in taking pictures with such amazing details. Excellent piece of work.....A top quality image! The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely contrast of this beautiful butterfly against the green environment.Very nice composition.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-05-14 14:47]

Seyfi bey, yine temizliği ve renk doygunluğu ile nefis bir aktarım; .. kutlarım.

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