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Balkan Fritillary

Balkan Fritillary
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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: 2013-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-01 7:42
Viewed: 1499
Points: 24
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Altitude: 3150 meters

Boloria graeca, (Staudinger,1870)
Balkan Fritillary

Turkish Name: Balkan Menekşe Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Anatolia, high mountain slopes.

Distribution in the world: It flies in Greece and countries bordering to the north plus in a small area of Southwest Alps- France and bordering mountains of Italy, the central Balkan Peninsula, Turkey.

Living Area: Dry or moist grassy, sometimes stony subalpine and lower alpine habitats.

Flight time: One generation flying in Early-July and early-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Viola spp.(violets) family is fed plants.

Description-Notes: Experience local and rare. One of the smallest fritillaries-(Boloria) in Turkey. Colors and patterns of the hindwing the other " types of Boloria as " very beautiful. Very similar to Caucasian Fritillary, but underside of its hindwing is paler and less reddish. Their ranges do not overlap.
Annotation :
Endangerment factors:
Boloria graeca is locally endangerd by global warming (at lower altitudes) and always new ski runs.
Conservation status: CR-Critical

Wingspan: 40-45 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Caucasian Fritillary–Boloria caucasica, (Lederer,1852)
• Pearl-bordered Fritillary–Boloria euphrosyne,(Linnaeus, 1758)
• Small pearl-bordered fritillary– Boloria selene,(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
• Weaver's Fritillary–Boloria dia, (Linnaeus, 1767)
• Mountain Fritillary–Boloria napaea, (Hoffmannsegg, 1804)
• Cranberry Fritillary– Boloria aquilonaris, (Stichel, 1908)
• Shepherd's Fritillary– Boloria pales, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


1.Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.144 pp.
2. Butterflies of Bulgaria: Butterflies of Bulgaria - - Balkan Fritillary
3. Trakel’s: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Balkan Fritillary
4. 5.Captain's :European Butterfly Guide - Balkan Fritillary
5. Philippe Bricaire’s: Fleeting Wonders- Balkan Fritillary
6. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Balkan Fritillary
7. Butterflies of France : Butterflies of France - Balkan Fritillary
8. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa- Balkan Fritillary
9. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Balkan Fritillary


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hallo Seyfi
You have allways a very good composition
i like this picture with good BG and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-04-01 10:44]

Hello Seyfi,
Another awesome detailed macro of a very beautiful butterfly in splendid bright colours. Taken from the best POV. Great composition with a nice blurred background.

Hello Mr.Seyfi Karaman,
Precise and Useful NOTE,
Outstanding details of this close view of beautiful Butterfly.As usual a great BG with attractive colour and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Ciao Seyfi, great bmacro of fantastic butterfly, beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-04-01 12:40]

Yine imrendiren bir paylaşım üstadım; .. harika bir renk cümbüşü, kusursuz bir pozlama; .. bu işi bilyorsunuz velhasıl; .. selâm ve saygı ile ☺

hallo Seyfi
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 很新奇
光線亮麗 非常的美麗和好看
構圖美麗 背景深遂 謝謝分享

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-04-02 5:09]

Hi Seyfi,great macro of this specie very rare and not often seen on TN,absolutely perfect,what a bright colors and what a details,i like it!!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Another superb work from you Seyfi !
Stuning macro with fantastic clarity and colour.
Love it.
Best wishes,

Hello Seyfi

Great macro of this butterfly over its flower, with fine lateral POV to show
its wings patterns, excellent light, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


The focus you've accomplished perplexing by the incredible detail on the wings and body of this wonderful fritillary butterfly balkan!
Congratulations buddy ...

Hernán Bortondello

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-04-03 7:10]

Hi Seyfi,
Excellent macro photo this nice butterfly. Good details and amazing colors with nice composition.
Regards Jiri.

Another masterpiece from you Seyfi! TFS!


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