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Loew's Blue

Loew's Blue
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Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2418] (10664)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 700, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-03-22 15:05
Viewed: 2362
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Altitude: 2350 meters.
Plebejus loewii, (Zeller, 1847)
Loew's Blue

Turkish Name: Çokgözlü Gümüş Mavi Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Outside of the Marmara and Aegean shores, all the regions.

Distribution in the world: In Europe only Aegean islands. Turkey. Caucasus, Armenia, Iran and Afghanistan.

Living Area: Palaearctic areas. This butterfly, dry rocky grasslands, flowery roadsides, and woodland openings.

Flight time: Low altitude end of Late May-June, Eastern Anatolia, is seen as the beginning of June and August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, "Astragalus"-(Milk-vetch) type plants fed.

Description-Notes: In a medium sized butterfly. Male is bright metallic blue above with narrow black borders; female is brown, often with two or three black hindwing marginal spots encircled with orange lunules. Below, only a few of black submarginal spots near hindwing anal angle are capped in orange one of which has a metallic blue center.Note the blackish submarginal spots on forewing. Below, male's forewing submarginal band lacks any orange, which easily distinguishes it from Zephyr Blue and Eastern Brown Argus.

Wingspan: 32-36 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Silver-studded Blue – Plebejus argus, (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Reverdin's Blue – Plebejus argyrognomon, (Bergsträsser, 1779)
• Eastern Brown Argus - Plebejus eurypilus, (Freyer, 1851)
• Zephyr Blue – Plebejus hesperica, (Rambur, 1839)
• Zephyr Blue – Plebejus pylaon, (Fischer von Waldheim, 1832)
• Idas Blue - Plebejus idas, (Linnaeus, 1761)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.72 pp.
2. O.Kocak's:Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - Loew's Blue
3. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species- Loew's Blue
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Loew's Blue
5. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa- Loew's Blue


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Hello Seyfi

Beautiful butterfly macro, with very fine POV
and framing, beautiful light and color tones,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 281 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-03-22 17:48]

Hello Seyfi,
You can't beat the quality of this beautiful image. This little Blue has been captured in super fine detail and gorgeous vivid yet natural colors.
Your choice of an f7.1 aperture resulted in some really nice DOF. Love the framing and clean blurred BG.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-03-22 22:13]

beautiful blue species. offcentered photograph is more powerful way to present a butterfly like this. nicely framed. good work.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-22 22:45]

Hello Seyfi,
A very fine macro of a species rare in Europe. Excellent sharpness, natural colours and composition that show the closed wing position in a fine way.
Thanks and have a nice weekend,

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely little butterfly, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-23 8:21]

Hello Seyfi,
Excellent macro in great sharpness, details and a very good choice of composition. Splendid colours, including the background.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-03-23 8:38]

Fine composition for this lovely blue..excellent colors and details. tfs.

hallo Seyfi
super,super good sharpness
great details and beautiful colours
good light and good BG
thanks greeting lou

Salam Seyfi,
An excellent macro with fine colors, details & pose. Great composition & presentation. TFS & with best salam!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6553 W: 89 N: 15640] (65417)
  • [2013-03-23 9:55]

Hi Seyfi,another very rare surprise from your country and from a very high altitude,i like the decentralized composition,magnificent details and colors as usual.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi
Perfect photo, excellent detail, light and background. A beautiful butterfly with lovely colours.
regards yiannis

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-03-23 12:54]

Hello Seyfi,
Superb work ! Outstanding details and focus, colours and POV ! Lovely BG , TFS Tina

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-03-24 2:28]

Salam Seyfi
very lovely capture with well defined aspects. The subject is excellently clear and pretty . With the details of perched fruits it look very attractive in the soft green background.
Really a pleasant view.


Hello seyfi

Nice high contrast sharp picture of this Lycaenid beauty in perfect focus, presented in your own typical style..


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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8640)
  • [2013-03-25 3:30]

Merhaba Seyfi Bey,
loew çokgözlünün harika çekimi,konağıyla nefis olmuş,tebrikler..

Salam Seyfi.
This is another powerful delivery of beautiful butterfly from your upload. Lovely perch and details from closed wings is smooth silenced background.

Hello Seyfi.
simply beautiful capture with superb detail, colour and composition.
best wishes,

Hello Seyfi-Another beauty here.Excellent work.details and tone is really attractive.Thanks for such beautiful picture.Kind regards-Srikumar

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