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Artvin Blue ♂

Artvin 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: 2014-07-12
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, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-29 7:13
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Points: 18
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Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) artvinensis, (Carbonell, 1997)
Artvin Blue

Turkish Name: Artvin Çokgözlüsü Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Anatolia-(Erzurum-Artvin).

Distribution in the world: Endemic.

Living Area: 900 - 2400 meters above sea level. In the humid and flowering meadows, along Coruh and Tortum Valley.

Flight time: A single generation. Late June to early-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Is not known. Insufficient data.

Description-Notes: Descibed in 2000. Very rare endemic species. This butterfly in for Turkey is endemic. Previously, Polyommatus actis is defined as a subtype. Alain Olivier et al in 2000, was raised to the level of the kind of essays. Type locality, Tortum, Erzurum, 1400 meters and the holotype is stored in natural history museums Paris.
This type is very similar in appearance Polyommatus sigbert or Polyommatus actis.
Upperside ground-colour purplish violet, much as in Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) artvinensis, often with a faintly marked discoidal spot on forewing; often with extensive blackish suffusion in the distal third of the hindwing and, as a black margin of about 2 mm wide, along the outer margin of forewing up (or nearly) to the apex: sometimes the blackish suffusion invades most of the hindwing except for the basal area, sometimes it is entirely absent on all four wings, in the latter case the veins are always lackened, especially on hindwing; fringes blackish grey basally, white distally. Underside ground-colour warm greyish brown, without any or at most a vestigial blue-green basal suffusion; all spots well developed, black with creamy ocellation; submarginal row of markings sometimes well expressed; white streak always well expressed, narrow and straight, sometimes pointed distally, rather sharply contrasting with ground-colour.- Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) artvinensis stat. nov. And Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) sigberti sp. nov., two vicariant species known so far only from Turkey (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) [Alain Olivier, Dirk van der Poorten, Jurate Puplesiene & Willy De Prins]

Wingspan: 27-32 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Sigbert's Blue - Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) sigbert, (Olivier, Poorten, Puplesiene & de Prins, 2000)
• Anatolian Navy Blue - Polyommatus(Agrodiaetus) actis, (Herrich-Schäffer,[1851])
• Bilgin's Blue- Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) bilgini, (Dantchenko et Lukhtanov-2002)
• Firdussii 's Blue- Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) firdussii, (Forster,1956)

1. Morphbank: Collection of samples - Artvin Blue
2. Trakel’s: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Artvin Blue
3. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Artvin Blue


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hallo Seyfi
very nice picture with beautiful colours and good sharpness
thanks gr lou

Hello Seyfi- Very beautiful picture of this "Artvin Blue" Butterfly. Useful NOTE with valuable links. Excellent details with splendid light. As usual nicely managed BG which is your trademark. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Regards- Srikumar

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-29 8:09]

Hello Seyfi,
Congratulations on this new species for TN.
A butterfly in splendid light and colours. Great sharpness, details and composition. Beautiful blurred background too.

Ciao Seyfi, congratulations for this first time on TN, great macro of lovely tiny butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi,
Great capture of a nice specie of butterfly. The details are superb.

Hello Seyfi,
an immaculate presentation of this attractive Artvin Blue,pin sharp details and an informative note complete a fine upload.
Regards Les.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-29 15:53]

Waaw Seyfi,a first time for a butterfly after long years of life of this website is a great great satisfaction! And the pic is the best way to discover this very rare beauty of your country,so small but caught is a top class macro,i like it!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-09-29 21:21]

Hi Seyfi
Interesting note about such a beautiful butterfly.
I have seen ones with similar appearance in my country.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-10-01 4:45]

Beautiful species, great quality and sharpness in a perfect composition. It is a very nice picture. Congratulation. Saludos.

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