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Holly Blue

Holly 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: 2009-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2,8 I
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-31 1:56
Viewed: 3320
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Celastrina argiolus, Linnaeus 1758
Holly Blue

Turkish Name: Kutsal Mavi Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Turkey is anywhere.

Distribution in the world: Turkey, North Africa, Europe (except Northern England and Northern Scandinavia) and in Asia, Siberia, Japan.

Living Area: Above sea level, up to a height of 1900 meters, which is found in all habitats. Forest openings, parks and gardens are the preferred areas.

Flight time: March to October in the period between the two generations by creating flies.Some years will have created three generations.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Rubus-Blackberry, Ribes-Redcurrant, Rhamnus-Cascara, Chamaecystis-bush form, Lupinus-bitter beans, Vaccinium-Tea grape, Vicia-Vetch, Cornus-Cranberry, Malus,-apple blossom Prunus-Rosaceae, Polygonum-shepherd's crook, Quercus-oak, arbutus Arbutus-containing species in the family has a wide range of foods.

Description-Notes: Other blue butterfly species prefer to fly close to the ground, and while these types of bushes and trees, usually prefer the hills. They spend the winter in the pupal stage. Despite a well-known species, the number fluctuates from year to year is considered. The reason for this in the same cycle, a kind of wasp larvae eat the direction. Therefore, every five years the number has not been a decrease, and again until the end of the fourth year, has said that large colonies formed.

Wingspan: 26-34 mm. is up.

Tiny flower : Blackberry blossom.

Captain's "European Butterfly Guide" Holly blue - Celastrina argiolus


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-31 1:57]

Merhaba Seyfi,
şaşırtıcı makro!
İlginçtir bu özel POV.
Böylece bu mükemmel BG görebilirsiniz.
Güzel bir gün,

Merhaba Seyfi,
a very beautiful macro shot of the Holly Blue taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and splendid natural colours, a very good contrast against a splendid BG, very well composed.
Tebrik enderim
Best regards

Merhabalar Seyfi bey,
Kutsal maviyi iyi bir kadraj ve güzel bir çekimle çok iyi yakalamışsınız.
Selamlar ,Murat

Merhaba Seyfi bey,
Beautiful and very well sharpened macro shot. Position of the antennae is a bit strange and gives the question if this is a living or a dead insect. Living or not, the photo's great. Tfs.
Best regards, László

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-31 3:36]

Salam Seyfi,
really na beautiful capture of this whitish butterfly. Very special and cery sharp presentation.
How lovely to see its pattern and details.
Thanks for such a lively view.


Ciai Seyfi. Very hard to obtain so godd detaisl and sharp on this little butterfly. You've done an excellent work. Best compliments.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-31 5:36]

Hello Seyfi,
Beautiful photo in very clear colours contrasting against the dark BG. Excellent sharpness and details. Good POV, DOF and composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-03-31 5:48]

Good composition and colors. tfs.

Merhaba Seyfi, great macro of lovely butterfly, splendid colors and wonderful contrast against warm BG, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Gracias por tu amable comentario Seyfi.
Tu toma de una gran delicadeza, con una luz bien controlada y unos colores extraordinarios.
Ma´nífico trabajo a mi entender.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

hello Seyfi
veru good picture with great details and beautiful colours
very good light and nice BG.
greeting lou

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-03-31 11:16]

Merhaba Seyfi,

A simple butterfly but a very good picture.
Position of the antennae is a bit strange.
Very well composition, nice blurred background. TFS.

Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-31 12:11]

Hello Seyfi.
Great macro shot, great sharpness, details and clarity, nice POV and great colours too! Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Merhaba Seyfi Bey,

Enfes bir kutsal mavi çekimi olmuş. Işık ve detaylar çok iyi.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-01 3:37]

Merhaba Seyfi,
A fine capture of a female Holly Blue resting with her wings closed. The POV, sharpness, composition and details are excellent.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-01 4:31]

Hello Seyfi,
Celastrina argiolus is not easy to photograph, because of its light color and not much contrast on its wings. You found an ideal colored background to make a good contrast to the butterfly. We also can see well the cute little "socks" of the Lycaenidae-butterfly. Thanks also for the note.
Kind regards

great macro shot, the white colors are splendid!
"keep photographing" Seyfi!

selamlar seyfi bey,
nefis bir kare,
çok şık bir tür.
elinize sağlık.

Hello Seyfi
lovely butterfly with great sharp details, his white wings stand out so well against the red BG
the yellow plant on the left corner is a great add for the this very beautiful composition
Have a good night

hello Seyfi

excellent photo of this butterfly over his flower, with fine
POV at their level, fine focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-04-01 23:12]

Hi Seyfi.
Simply charming butterfly, amazing subject at whole and terrific quality of the picture. I am impressed with brilliance of colouration and detail reproduction of the butterfly. Exposure is spot on as well as wonderful POV and composition of the shot. My warm greetings and TFS. Bravo.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2010-04-01 23:30]

Hello Seyfi
composizione molto bella ed interessante con un gran contrasto tra tonalità molto chiare, non sempre facili da gestire, e tonalità scure che contraddistinguono lo sfondo. Ottima messa a fuoco e dettagli che ci fanno apprezzare tutta la bellezza di questa piccola Celastrina.

Hi Seyfi,

nice pov and bg on this holy blue.
Fine colours.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-04-07 6:56]

Hello Seyfi
hat is a beautiful closed up.Excellent pov and pin sharp image that is well composed.Beautiful light and colors.I also liek the OOF BG
TFS Michel

A stunning Seyfi-shot, my brother!
this is so beautiful to look at!
I love dramatic colors, the perfect exposure, and the crisp presentation!

Hi dear Seyfi,
What a nice macro.
Great details with nice BG.
very well done.

Kind regards

merhaba Seyfi Bey
kutsal mavi size de çok güzel poz vermiş. renkler, detaylar ve açı çok güzel olmuş. elinize sağlık.
özellikle geçen yaz çok görmüştüm. Buralarda bu yıl için henüz sezonu açılmadı. bu güzel kelebeği tekrar görmek için bir süre daha bekleyeceğiz.
sağlıcakla kalın, iyi akşamlar.

Merhaba Seyfi bey

Diğerleri gibi yine harika bir çekim yapmışınız. arazi çalışmaları sırasında benim de rastladığım bir tür. Tüm detaylar çok güzel. Ellerinize ve emeğinize sağlık.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-25 5:42]

Hello Seyfi,
I love the Holly Blue and here it looks gorgeous against the beautiful dark background. Great sharpness and very well composed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Seyfi,

The flowers is helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Holly Blue butterfly. The sharpness of the butterfly is helped by the blurry background. The afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Seyfi - Very attractive butterfly. Color looks like almost "Quaker" Butterfly. Very nice dots on wing with splendid sharpness and details. The way you have managed such stunning BG, is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing with as usual useful NOTE. Regards - Srikumar

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