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The Hungarian Glider

The Hungarian Glider
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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: 2015-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-12-25 5:09
Viewed: 1876
Points: 18
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* * * Merry Christmas to all the friends of Treknature! * * *

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Neptis rivularis, (Scopoli, 1763)
The Hungarian Glider

Turkish Name: Süzülen Karakız Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Anatolia - Northeast Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Siberian, Southern Switzerland, Northern Italy, Eastern Austria, North of the Balkan Peninsula, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Southeastern Poland, Ukraine, the Caucasus, southern Siberia and through the China and Japan.

Living Area: This species is found in damp deciduous, river and stream valleys, open forest at elevations between sea level and about 2000 meters according to locality.

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

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Food plants of the caterpillars are mainly rosaceous shrubs of genus Spiraea spp.

Description-Notes: Typical locality, Austria. Like its name suggests, the butterfly as an elegantly “Glide” flight. This butterfly and also lived on the leaves of a tree is difficult to capture. Local and rare. The uppersides are velvety black with a white band across each wing, broken and not regular in the forwing. The undersides are rusty browen with white markings similar to those on the uppersides. The hindwings are markedly rounded. Resembles Southern White Admiral , but is smaller, has more rounded wings and stockier appearance, and well-developed medial band of elongated white spots on hindwing. It can be separated from Southern White Admiral by absence of both black submarginal spots and silvery basal area on hindwing. Butterflies feed on nectar of flowering shrubs.

Origin of the name: Meadowsweet - one of the caterpillar food plants. Latin epithet rivulus translated brook.

Wingspan: 42-48 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Southern White Admiral – Limenitis reducta, (Staudinger, 1901)
• Poplar Admiral – Limenitis populi, (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Lorquin's Admiral – Limenitis lorquinii, (Boisduval, 1852)
• White Admiral – Limenitis camilla, (Linnaeus, 1764)
• Common Glider – Neptis sappho, (Pallas, 1771)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.118 pp.
2. Lepiforum.de : http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Neptis_Rivularis
3. Lepidoptera and their ecology»by Wolfgang Wagner : http://www.pyrgus.de/Neptis_rivularis_en.html
4. Lepidoptera Caucasi : http://www.babochki-kavkaza.ru/index.php/nymphalidae/105-neptis-rivularis---/170--neptis-rivularis.html
5. Moths and Butterflies of Europe : http://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPages/NeptisRivul.htm
6. EuroButterflies »Matt Rowling : http://www.eurobutterflies.com/sp/rivularis.php
7. Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey : http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=S%C3%BCz%C3%BClen%20Karak%C4%B1z
8. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey : http://www.adamerkelebek.org/GozlemFoto.asp?Durum=7&FamilyaId=3&CinsId=146&TurID=245



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Merhaba Seyfi,
What other picture may be your neighbour in the gallery when you share a photo of the Hungarian Glider than an image from a Hungarian photographer taken in Hungary? :-) Well, about your shot: nice composition, imho a vertical one might be even more powerful. Sharpness is OK (may be increased a very little on the wings), the DoF / background blur is fabulous, colors are natural and well saturated. This species is protected by the laws in Hungary, eventhough it isn't on the local red list.
Thanks for sharing this image, have a nice festive season. Kind regards from the Emerald Isle, László

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-12-25 5:37]

Hi Seyfi,
Very nice butterfly,excellent details and colours
with nice blurred background.
Merry Christmas to you and your family
regards Jiri.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-12-25 9:48]

Hello Seyfi, and "Merry Christmas" to you also!
Your Hungarian Glider is quite spectacular with it's rich chocolate colored wings adorned with rows of white bands. I like it's big powder blue eyes accented with black specks and also the black antenna tipped in orange. Sharply focused showing good detail. The clean blurred BG is a bonus.
The flower seems a tad bit over exposed due to the flash and it's white color, but this is understandable.

Hello Seyfi,
Have a nice festive season. Excellent colorful capture. I never meet this specie. Lovely composition with nice details and natural colors. Great shoot....

Hello Seyfi,



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-12-25 16:06]

Hi Seyfi,another great surprise from your archive,this specie is very rare and you caught in an excellent way this great opportunity.Magnificent macro very sharp and bright,i like it! All the best for these festive days and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-12-26 1:03]

Hello Seyfi,
Splendid butterfly again. Great saturated colours in excellent sharpness, details and a well chosen composition. A pity that the flower is over exposed. The background looks beautiful.

Hello Seyfi,
Hope you are well dear friend. This is indeed a marvellous image of this lovely butterfly called the Hungarian Glider.The faded white flower and the blurred green background has really sharped the image and made the butterfly very prominent.Lovely indeed!
Thanks a lot for sharing and my dear friend, kindly accept heartfelt greetings for a brand new Year, may you have many blessings of God, take care,
best regards/Abid

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely butterfly, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016, ciao Silvio

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