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The Ionian Emperor

The  Ionian Emperor
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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: 2015-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-16 8:30
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Points: 16
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Thaleropis ionia, (Eversmann, 1851)
The Ionian Emperor

Turkish Name: Anadolu Şehzadesi Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Aegean and Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Central Anatolia, Northeastern Anatolia, East Anatolia, Southeast Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran and Northern Iraq.

Living Area: Habitat of Thaleropis ionia, rocky slopes with sparse Quercus, Celtis, Acer, Crataegus trees and river and stream valleys, open forest at elevations between sea level and about 2.500 meters according to locality.

Flight time: One generation or in two flying in June-late September, depending on altitude.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Food plants of the caterpillars, are reportedly mainly Celtis toumefortii, though willows-(Salix spp.) have also been mentioned

Description-Notes: Typical locality, Turkey, Amasya ("Amasia"). Local and rare. Relatively small for brushfoot. Identified by its protrudet forewing apex, four small white forewing supapical spots, two rounded brown spots within forewing cell that sit on top one another, and a median band of rounded brown spots on hindwing. Note the silvery white hindwing basal area below and a dark brown bar that extends from leading margin to hindwing center.

Origin of the name: Ionia (historical and toponymic) - a historical region in Asia Minor.

Wingspan: 35-50 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Freyer's Purple Emperor – Apatura metis, (Freyer, 1829)
• Lesser Purple Emperor – Apatura ilia, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
• Purple Emperor – Apatura iris, (Linnaeus, 1758)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.116 pp.
2. Lepiforum.de : http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Thaleropis_Ionia
3. Lepidoptera Caucasi : http://www.babochki-kavkaza.ru/index.php/nymphalidae/204-thaleropis-ionia-/168--thaleropis-ionia.html
4. Moths and Butterflies of Europe : http://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPages/ThaleIonia.htm
5. Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey : http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Anadolu%20%C5%9Eehzadesi
6. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey : http://www.adamerkelebek.org/IcerikDetay.asp?IcerikKatId=3&TurId=247



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Hello Seyfi,
Lovely colorful specie indeed. Excellent details. As usual a perfect image with amazing clarity and focus. I like the contrast against the green blurry background.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-16 9:55]

Hi Seyfi,nothing is common in your gallery and this is another magniifcent surprise.A very rare butterfly in a lovely composition and impressive sharpness despite the difficult location between the flowers,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi

Excellent macro of this butterfly, fine POV at its level,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Very nice macro shot of this butterfly. Lovely color. Sharp and nice composition. Well done!!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-01-17 12:20]

Hello Seyfi,
A very attractive butterfly with beautiful markings and colors. Nicely focused showing good detail. Looks great against the dark green BG. Exposure is right on the money. Well done!!

What an exotic species of Butterfly, Seyfi!
The lateral point of view gives a clear impression of the colours on the wings.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-01-25 5:00]

Hi Seyfi,
Very nice shot of a beautiful butterfly.Fantastic contrast against the green background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Seyfi,
Beautiful butterfly; The Lonian Emperor. Very nice captured against beautiful BG. As usual eye catching composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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