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The Artvin Blue

The Artvin 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: 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
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-28 6:04
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Points: 22
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Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) artvinensis, (Carbonell, 1997)
The Artvin Blue

Turkish Name: Artvin Çokgözlüsü Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Anatolia-(Erzurum-Artvin).

Distribution in the world: Endemic.

Living Area: 900 - 2400 meters above sea level. In the humid and flowering meadows, along Coruh and Tortum Valley.

Flight time: A single generation. Late June to early-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Is not known. Insufficient data.

Description-Notes: Descibed in 2000. Very rare endemic species. This butterfly in for Turkey is endemic. Previously, Polyommatus actis is defined as a subtype. Alain Olivier et al in 2000, was raised to the level of the kind of essays. Type locality, Tortum, Erzurum, 1400 meters and the holotype is stored in natural history museums Paris.
This type is very similar in appearance Polyommatus sigbert or Polyommatus actis. Upperside ground-colour purplish violet, much as in Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) artvinensis, often with a faintly marked discoidal spot on forewing; often with extensive blackish suffusion in the distal third of the hindwing and, as a black margin of about 2 mm wide, along the outer margin of forewing up (or nearly) to the apex: sometimes the blackish suffusion invades most of the hindwing except for the basal area, sometimes it is entirely absent on all four wings, in the latter case the veins are always lackened, especially on hindwing; fringes blackish grey basally, white distally. Underside ground-colour warm greyish brown, without any or at most a vestigial blue-green basal suffusion; all spots well developed, black with creamy ocellation; submarginal row of markings sometimes well expressed; white streak always well expressed, narrow and straight, sometimes pointed distally, rather sharply contrasting with ground-colour.- Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) artvinensis stat. nov. And Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) sigberti sp. nov., two vicariant species known so far only from Turkey (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) [Alain Olivier, Dirk van der Poorten, Jurate Puplesiene & Willy De Prins]

Endangerment factors: Major threats. Overgrazing, agricultural land use.

Origin of the name: From this location, Artvin province.

Wingspan: 27-32 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Sigbert's Blue - Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) sigbert, (Olivier, Poorten, Puplesiene & de Prins, 2000)
• Anatolian Navy Blue - Polyommatus(Agrodiaetus) actis, (Herrich-Schäffer,[1851])
• Bilgin's Blue- Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) bilgini, (Dantchenko et Lukhtanov-2002)
• Firdussii 's Blue- Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) firdussii, (Forster,1956)

1. Morphbank » http://www.morphbank.net/Browse/ByImage/?tsn=999000057
2. Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey » http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Artvin%20%C3%87okg%C3%B6zl%C3%BCs%C3%BC
3. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey » http://www.adamerkelebek.org/GozlemFoto.asp?Durum=7&FamilyaId=7&CinsId=34&TurID=347


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-01-28 8:30]

Hello Seyfi,
Fine sharp detailed macro of this butterfly taken from the best POV. beautiful colors and an excellent composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-28 11:08]

Hi Seyfi,another fantastic surpise from Turkey,a very rare lycaeneide,taken in a bright macro and impressive sharpness too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2016-01-28 12:07]

First of all, very informative note.
Fine image of this Lycaenidae.
Successful sideview and composition.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-01-28 18:17]

Hello Seyfi,
I don't believe I have ever seen this particular species of blue before. Quite lovely while displaying wonderful detail. Colors appear natural and I like the framing.

Hello Seyfi,
Pin sharp photo with excellent details. I like this interesting photo with such natural colors, taken from a very good POV.

Hello Seyfi,

As usual very educational NOTE from you.....
Beautiful butterfly and well captured against OOF BG. Excellent details too.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Seyfi
great composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

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

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-01-30 1:28]

Hi Seyfi,
Amazing colours and sharpness details of this nice butterfly.
Nice background.
Regards Jiri.

Merhaba Seyfi bey,
Çok güzel bir zamanlama ve güzel bir kare. Ellerinize sağlık.

Hello Seyfi

Beautiful macro of this butterfly, with beautify light,
fine POV and framing, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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