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Great Black Grayling

Great Black Grayling
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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: 2010-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 105mm VR f/2.8G + TC14EII
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-26 12:19
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brintesia circe (Fabricius,1775)
Great Banded Grayling, Great Black Grayling

Turkish Name: Kara Murat Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey:Be seen everywhere in Turkey.

Distribution in the world : Southern Europe, the Caucasus region up to, Iran, and indicates the Himalayas spread.

Living Area: Above sea level, can be seen up to the heights of 2000 meters. Steppe environments, poor prefer forests. In general, they live on the tree. The chances are seen only sporadic tree steppe communities.

Flight time: May to October in the single generation flies.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Lolium, Anthoxanthum, Bromus, Sesleria, Festuca plants and feeding on the family develops.

Description-Notes: This is a strikingly large, impressive and powerful butterfly which very often rests on tree trunks with its wings closed. The black uppersides with white stripe are conspicuous in flight and resemble those of admirals but there's no confusion possible as the flight patterns are so different The undersides are also totally different in appearance.
Although the wings off the tree trunk and branches are usually resting. The trees and the right to provide full compliance in terms of occurrence is very difficult unless bakmadıkça or move. A good master of camouflage.

Wingspan: 60-68 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Syrian Rock Grayling - Hipparchia syriaca(Staudinger, 1871)
• The Woodland Grayling - Hipparchia fagi (Scopoli, 1763)
• Rock Grayling - Hipparchia hermione hermione (Linnaeus, 1764)

Sorceress in Greek mythology. Storage power of the sun and the moon behind the clouds, which can convert people to animals, destroying enemies of a witch poisonous drinks. Helios (Sun), the sea nymph and daughter of Okeanos'un Perseis'in daughter. Aeetes, Pasiphae'in brother. Odysseus in Homer's epic, beautiful Circe, Odysseus turns his friends wine içirerek pig. God Hermes, Odysseus runs to help and giving him an herb that prevents the pig.

Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.P.168
O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - Great Black Grayling
felixthecatalog : Great Black Grayling


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Ciao Seyfi. Very good light and contrast. Lovely compo.


Merhaba Seyfi, splendid butterfly on a wonderful flower, excellent sharpness, beautiful natural colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Merhaba Seyfi,
a very beautiful macro shot of the Great Banded Grayling, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, a very pleasant composition
best regards

Excellent portraits of the flower and the butterfly. regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-26 13:50]

Hello Seyfi,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly in very nice colours and good sharpness. Excellent DOF and composition.

Hi Seyfi,
perfect sharpness and point of view. Excellent depth of field. Very warm colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-26 16:26]

Hi Seyfi,this specie live in my country too but it's very rare to find.A beautiful pic whit an impressive quality,i like a lot the composition and the great sharpness.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-03-26 16:32]

Beautiful composition you show us here.
Precise angle of view and exposure.
Vivid colour and contrast.

Hello Seyfi
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Excellent! Great pose, pin sharp with great detail!

Hi Seyfi,

Nice picture of this butterfly.
Beautiful composition & the design on the wings too.
The green BG is stunning. Well done & TFS.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-27 7:57]

Well captured image of this fine species, good colors and composition. tfs.

hello Seyfi
great sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-27 10:30]

Merhaba Seyfi,
A superb capture from last summer of B. circe. The composition with the Rubus flowers, the sharpness, natural colours clean BG and lighting contribute to an excellent portrait of this Satyrid butterfly.
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Seyfi, wonderful composition in this scene, very good sharpness and splendid natural colors, I see that you use the 105mm with extension, I also have experimented!
regards Nasos

This is fabulous, a truly outstanding image. Great capture with wonderful detail and definition. Good composition and a pleasure to view, Very well done indeed.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-28 12:56]

Hello Seyfi.
Wonderful macro shot of this Great Black Grayling with great colors,sharpness and splendid composition.
Best regards Siggi

hi seyfi - a very good capture and managed the lighting amazingly. the sharpness is also awesome. tfs

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-30 5:34]

Salam Seyfi,
again such a stunning capture in excellent contrast. you skillful composition of the colours really make the view so attractive and powerful.
I like the softness of the green bokeh and the strong pattern of the wings.
so exciting and pleasant to look.


Hello Seyfi
superb capture of this Great Banded Grayling, beautiful profil view, fine details and colors, great DOF and blurred BG
TFS and have a good night

Preciosa y con un gran parecido a las Hipparchhias spp.
Hábil ángulo de disparo y acertado fondo.
Saludos Seyfi:
J. Ignasi.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-04-01 11:47]

Hello Seyfi,
A very fine composition showing this dark butterfly against the light pastel background. Great sharpness and beautiful colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Seyfi
This is a beautiful image of a lovely, dark coloured butterfly. It displays really well against the green backdrop. I also like the flower with its unopened flower buds and would have put it in my them called "additional dynamics" but unfortunately some of my themes went haywire and this is one of them. In a theme or not, it remains a special image and is indeed a great macro. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Seyfi

Beautiful composed butterfly photo, with fine POV,
excellent focus sharpness details, beautiful light,



Hi Seyfi,

The flower is framing well the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details and colors Great Black Grayling butterfly. The afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-05-13 1:02]

Hello Seyfi,
One of my prefered butterflies! I unfortunately missed the picture. One we don't see often in my country and which is for me a quite mysterious and a little bit witchy butterfly. Very good lateral view and pose of the B. circe in front of a pleasant green background.
Kind regards

Hi Seyfi,
clear and well detailed presentation, well composed, too. Impressingly large Kanetisia circe may not often be seen visiting flowers.
I used to meet those butterflies quite often in the steppe locations around Vienna, but they were either sitting on the ground or hiding in the grass. This year, unfortunately, the species seems to be rare here, maybe due to the wet summer conditions we are having this year.
Thank you! With best regards,

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