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Archon apollinus - Yalanci Apollo

Archon apollinus - Yalanci Apollo
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): LEPIDOPTERA of Turkiye and Cyprus [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-15 8:38
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Archon apollinus - Yalancı Apollo [TR], False Apollo [EN] is a very beautiful and small-medium butterfly from the family PAPILIONIDAE (LEPIDOPTERA), with a wingspan of 4.5-5.5 cm. The male is more pallid than the female with more reddish parts of wings.
It has been known from east of Europe; Greece and Turkiye, and also Irak, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Syria. In Turkiye, it has been recorded almost all provinces, with exception of some northern and most eastern provinces. However, it can be seen in March-April in coastal zones, whereas in April-June in inlands. It lives in open sites in forests, bushy and rocky biotops located between sea level and 1100 m a.s.l.
The larvae feed on plants of the genus Aristolochia (PIPERALES: ARISTOLOCHIACEAE); e.g. A. poecilantha, A. parviflora, A. bodamae, A. hirta, A. bottae, A. auricularia, A. rotunda, A. sempervirens, A. maurorum, and A. billardieri.
Its Turkish populations represent three subspecies:
...- A. apollinus apollinus: Most populations
...- A. apollinus lorsteri: endemic in Kastamonu Province.
...- A. apollinus nikodemusi: İstanbul (endangered form and it has not seen for last three years.

Derivatio nominis [Etymology]: The genus name "Archon (Gr. ἄρχων, pl. ἄρχοντες)" is a Greek word that means "ruler" or "lord", frequently used as the title of a specific public office. I am not sure origin of the species name "apollinus". It can be derivated from Apollonius of Perga, who was famous geometer and astronomer noted for his writings on conic sections. Similarly, the crater Apollonius on the Moon is named in his honor.

Anonymous, 2010:
Archon apollinus, in: WIKIPEDIA [visiting on March, 15th, 2010].
Koçak, Ö., 2010: Archon apollinus Herbst, 1789 - Yalancı Apollo [False Apollo], Türkiye'nin Kelebekleri [visiting on March, 15th, 2010].

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Dear Ahmet!

The picture you present us today shows a beautiful butterfly that was unknown to me. I'm glad to discover it through such a nice picture. It reflects the butterfly's characteristics very well and the fact that wings are spread out allows the viewer to get a superb overall impression.

Kind regards


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-15 9:53]

Hello Ahmet,
Very nice photo of this special butterfly. Beautiful colours and good sharpness. Also a good POV and composition.

Hi Ahmet,
It's a beautiful butterfly species appears painted by hand! how much variety of form and color in these amazing wings! good job! the background is very complex, but the result is commendable. TFS

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-15 11:21]

Hi Ahmet
Wonderful this great Archon apollinus!
Colors and details are beautiful!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-15 11:34]

Hi, dear Ahmet.
At first glance I have thought that I have met this species earlier. However, this beauty is unknown for me. You have shown all attractive features of the butterfly perfectly. Wingspread, surroundings, DOF and sharpness across the frame are perfect. TFS and warm regards.

Hi dear Ahmet,

So nice shot from this beautiful butterfly .
Amazing colours with nice light.
Well exposed

Best wishes

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-15 11:47]

Hello Ahmet
Very nice capture of this butterfly I never seen before.
Thanks for sharing

Merhaba Ahmet,
Excellent capture of this new butterfly, quite rare I suppose. The colours and details on its spots are excellent. Very good note, as usual. I hope to see it one day! TFS. Selamlar,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-15 12:29]

Hello Ahmet.
Wonderful shot of this False Apollo.Excellent lighting and composition,Fantastic colors and DOF,Superb shot.
Best regards Siggi

hello Ahmet
super picture with great details and beautiful colours
nice pose to see this butterfly very good
greeting lou

Hello Ahmet,
Nice butterfly with lovely colors, good details and POV. Well done!

Merhaba Ahmet,
at first thank you for your kind words about my picture, i am proud that you chose it as your favorite; a very beautiful macro shot of the False Apollo, superb sharpness and splendid natural colours, very good POV and nice composition.
Best regards

Ciao Ahmet, splendid butterfly with fantastic colors, fine details and superb sharpness, I never see before, thanks, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-16 5:14]

Hello Ahmet
Another excellent closed up.Good POV and razor sharp image.Detail are amasing I also like those natural colors.
TFS Michel

Bonjour Ahmet
Bravo pour la netteté et les détails de ce joli papillon. Superbe exposition .Tres jolie la composition et beau macro
Au revoir et merci...JP

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-03-16 6:13]

Very interesting and beautiful butterfly with good colors and designs, well captured. tfs.

Selamlar sayın hocam,
harika bir kare olmuş,
çok güzel bir tür kaydetmişsiniz.
Elinize sağlık. En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-03-17 1:15]

Ahmet bey selamlar,
İstanbul ve Trakya İlkbahar'a geçemedi ...
Yalancı Apollo'yu güzel görmüş ve kadrajlamışsınız.Deli dolu bir uçuş ve otların arasına pike yaparak; gözden kaybolmasıyla beni çok uğraştıran bir tür.
Renk ve detayları şık bir makro.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

Harika bir kamuflaj ustası sanırım hocam, nasılda biliyor kendi renginde toprağa yerleşmeyi; Fakat sizden saklanamamış, ne iyi de olmuş. Ellerinize sağlık, harika bir kare...

Una especie de gran belleza Ahmet y que además no conocía. Es un placer el poder observar tanta diversidad en este mundo de los insectos, donde muchos días tenemos nuevas sorpresas como en esta ocasión: Enhorabuena por la captura !!
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

A fine specimen in soft contours, in great contrast to its environment Ahmet, but still able to camouflage itself rather nicely! Well, this is pure nature for you MF...

Hello Ahmet
this butterfly have very beautiful markings and colors and his pose is perfect,
fine spose on the ground, superb luminosity and great sharpness
a brilliant shot !
Have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-18 3:54]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet,
this is something so special. Never thought such butterfly occurs in our planet. Very different and very unique.
What a discovery and what a food to my brain.
Subhanallah...what a creation and how limited my knowledge is .
Thanks for sharing this lovely creature, and you have splendidly composed it.


Hello Ahmet,

I must say that that I like very much your photo of this appolo, very beautiful colors and details, and that is not all this is one of my favorite subfamily from Papilionidae, it is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-27 13:22]

Merhaba Ahmet.
A nice capture of a fresh specimen of a male A. apollinus, a species that brings memories to me of a trip to Antalya 22 years ago!
The dorsal POV shows its features with fine sharpness and colours while it is sunning itself on the ground.
Great to see this dostum!
Tesekkür ve eline saglik,


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