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Amasian Satyr

Amasian Satyr
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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: 2014-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2,8 I, B+W F - Pro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-03-22 9:29
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Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Satyrus amasinus, (Staudinger,1861)
Amasian Satyr

Turkish Name: Beyaz Damarlı Piri Reis Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Turkey is anywhere.

Distribution in the world: Asia Minor to the Middle East-Turkey, Transcaucasia-Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan.

Living Area: Stony steppe-clad slopes up to 1000 to 2000 meters of altitude.

Flight time: July-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Poaceae (grass) type plants fed.

Description-Notes: A large butterfly. Type Localite, "Amasia" [Amasya, Turkey]. Male above is lighter brown than all other satyrs; forewing has two eyespots. Female is like Anatolian Satyr, but is much smaller, with less strongly serrated hindwing outer margin. Below, with white veins and overall pattern resembles Caspian Satyr, but forewing contains two eyespots (one in Caspian Satyr) and has mottled gray outer margin (mottled orange in Caspian Satyr). Also both submarginal and median gray bands on hindwing are relatively more conspicuous.

Wingspan: 58-68 mm long.

Origin of the name: Amasinus (toponymic) - Amasya - the area in Turkey.

Similar Species:
• Anatolian Satyr - Satyrus favonius, (Staudinger,[1892])
• Great Sooty Satyr - Satyrus ferula (Fabricius,1793)
• Iran Satyr - Satyrus iranicus (Schwingenschuss, 1939)
• Black Satyr - Satyrus actaea, [Esper (1781)]
• Barhatnitsa Effendi - Satyrus effendi (Nekrutenko, 1989)
• Dryad- Minois dryas, (Scopoli, 1763)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.176 pp.
2. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Amasian Satyr
3. Russian insects: Butterflies of The Russia - Amasian Satyr
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Amasian Satyr
5. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Amasian Satyr
6. Jonathan Agius : Jonathan Agius's Satyrinae of the Western Palearctic - Amasian Satyr


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Hello Seyfi,

What an excellent presentation of this Amasian. Splendid color and details, as well as great composition. Very well managed BG too.
Thanks for sharing with informative NOTE,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Hello Seyfi,
Gorgeous photography as usual. The details are excellent.
Beautiful colors. Pin sharp image......The weather was cold in the past few weeks and it was no chance for butterflies....
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)
  • [2015-03-22 12:31]

Hi Seyfi,another great surprise in your gallery of rare wonders,i never seen this specie before,very interesting post and fantastic quality of sharpness and colors,the composition too is truly beautiful! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

hallo Seyfi
great shot with nice composition and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Merhaba Seyfi
Fantastic macro from Your summer archives.Great lateral POV perfect composition wonderful colors and impressive sharpness.Congrats!
Have a good week and thank You.
Best wishes

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-03-22 18:15]

Hello Seyfi,
A nice presentation of this beautifully marked butterfly. I'm sure the earth toned colors help to keep it hidden from predators when perched on a tree. Tac sharp focus allowing us to view it's unique markings in fine detail. Excellent exposure and very good DOF. I like the blurred BG.

Hello Seyfi

Great macro of this butterfly, with fine POV and framing,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2015-03-22 23:29]

Merhaba Seyfi Bey,
güzel bir amasyalı sunumu,çok teşekkürler.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2015-03-23 3:20]

Hello Seyfi,
Another interesting species shown by this typical shot of yours.
Kind regards

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-03-24 17:40]

Hi Seyfi
Interesting and beautiful species. Picture of amazing quality.
Perfect framing, light and focus.


Hi Seyfi,

The flowers are helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details of the Amasian Satyr butterfly. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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