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Anatolian Tawny Rockbrown

Anatolian Tawny Rockbrown
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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: 2014-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2,8 I, B+W UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-07 6:39
Viewed: 1438
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pseudochazara mamurra , (Herrich-Schäffer, [1844])
Anatolian Tawny Rockbrown / Buff Asian Grayling

Turkish Name : Osmanlı Yalancı Cadı Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Central Anatolia, South, East and Northeast Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Turkey, Armenia and Iran.

Living Area: It inhabits rock slides, climbing areas open dry steppe stony slopes, sometimes with thickets of dry-loving shrubs from 900 to 2500 meters.

Flight time: One generation. July to August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) are fed with.

Description-Notes: Type locality: Turkey. This is a hot dry habitat specialist. Nominate subspecies found in the northeast has deep orange forewing and heavily mottled hindwing that looks much darker ocher-brown than its relatives. Irregular median line, gray wavy postmedian band and dark wavy submarginal line may be all conspicuous. Subspecies Pseudochazara birgit (Mainly south-central Anatolia) and Pseudochazara schakuhensis (Turkey- Van and Hakkari) have paler orange forewing and lightly mottled hindwing with less obvious markings. In all populations, hindwing eyespot and whitish fringes are lightly checkered.

Wingspan: 50-54 mm long.

Origin of the name: Mamurra (Latin, historical) - Mamurra Roman horseman nazhivshy under Caesar vast fortune, but it quickly squandered (Nekrutenko, 1990).

Similar Species:
• Klug's Tawny Rockbrown - Pseudochazara pelopea, (Klug, 1832)
• Moroccan Grayling - Pseudochazara atlantis (Austaut, 1905)
• Grecian Grayling - Pseudochazara graeca (Staudinger, 1870)
• Lydian Tawny Rockbrown - Pseudochazara lydia (Staudinger 1878)
• Baluchi Rockbrown - Pseudochazara thelephassa (Geyer, [1827])
• White-banded Grayling - Pseudochazara anthelea (Hübner, [1823-1824])
• Persian Rock Brown - Pseudochazara schakuhensis (Staudinger, 1881)
• Tawny Rockbrown - Pseudochazara mniszechii (Herrich-Schaffer, [1851])


1.Baytas A., 2007. A Field Guide To The Butterflies Of Turkey/NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul. .174 pp.
2. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey- Anatolian Tawny Rockbrown
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Anatolian Tawny Rockbrown
5. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Anatolian Tawny Rockbrown


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-11-07 6:51]

Hello Seyfi,
Another extremely beautiful macro in splendid colours and superb sharpness and details. Great composition and blurred background.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Seyfi, lovely composition with beautiful butterfly on nice flower, great macro, excellent sharpness, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi - Beautiful Butterfly this Rockbrown. Well captured. I like its colour. Well managed details and sharpness. As usual well balanced BG and useful NOTE. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE- Srikumar

Hello Seyfi,
A fine macro shot,the details and colours are nicely sharp and very clear against a very suitable blurred BG.
Regards Les.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-07 9:07]

Hi Seyfi,absolutely perfect the pic and absolutely beautiful this specie,very very rare,i never seen before and never heard this strange and long name,a very useful post made in the usual top class and quality,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hallo seyfi
super good sharpness and good details
the colours are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-11-07 11:08]

Herzaman olduğu gibi şaşırtıcı netlik ve sunum olmuş üstat; .. şaşırtan bir diğer unsur da Türkçe adı bence, .. nereden buluyorsunuz bu adlandırmaları ? ☺ .. Tebrikler selâmlar.

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-11-07 12:42]

Hello Seyfi

Perfect macro, very nice composition, excellent sharpness and details, very nice BG. Thanks for sharing.



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-11-07 18:58]

Hello Seyfi,
Your butterfly looks very peaceful as it sips nectar from the thistle bloom. You managed to capture it in fine detail while keeping the exposure just right. The intricate markings and patterns in it's wings are certainly a thing of beauty. I really like the clean BG and attractive composition. Well done!!

bravo!good work

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