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Lesser Spotted Fritillary

Lesser Spotted 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: 2008-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 105mm VR f/2.8G + TC14EII
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-04 9:44
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Points: 46
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Melitaea trivia, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Lesser Spotted Fritillary

Turkish Name : Güzel İparhan Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Turkey is anywhere.

Distribution in the world: Melitaea trivia is a southern species that has spread from northern Portugal to Italy, the Balkans, Southern Russia and Turkey to the Himalayas. The distribution northern boundary extends from the southern edge of the Alps around Turin to Lower Austria. In Russia, it goes further north to the area around Moscow, and from there across the southern Urals to the Altai. In Western and Central Europe, it occurs only very locally and missing long stretches entirely. From the southern Balkans to the east it is much more widespread and frequent.

Living Area: Above sea level, can be seen at altitudes of 3,000-3,500 meters. Semi-deserts, open landscapes, xerothermic biotopes with thin vegetation, in the mountains.

Flight time: Two generation. Late-April to Early-October, depending on altitude.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: The caterpillar lives on tomentose hairy mullein species ( Verbascum spp), under the protection of young gnawed hair fluff. The caterpillars descendants of the last generation overwinter after the 2nd Molting on the floor under the food plant. (Author: Jürgen Hensle)

Description-Notes: The underside marginal spots tend to be triangular. Also the upperside hindwing has quite a complete band going across the wing. Sexes are similar, though females are larger and paler orange on avarage. Hindwing almost always has median row of black spots (which maybe missing on similar fritillaries) and submarginal spots are crescent-shaped on both wings, not rectangular, not rounded. Some of the black marginal spots on hindwing tend to be triangula, not rounded, and orange spots in postmedian band are bordered on outside by well-defined black crescents.

Wingspan: 30-42 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Persian Fritillary - Melitaea persea, (Kollar,[1849])
• Spotted Fritillary - Melitaea Didyma, (Esper, 1779)
• Caucasian Spotted Fritillary - Melitaea interrupta, (Kolenati, 1846)
• Lederer's Fritillary - Melitaea collina, (Lederer,1861)
• Desert Fritillary - Melitaea deserticola, (Oberthür, 1909)

Etymology: "Worshiped in three ways epithet of several deities."
S PULER 1 (1908: 23R):


1.Baytas A., 2007. A Field Guide To The Butterflies Of Turkey/NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul. .132 pp.
2. O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - Lesser Spotted Fritillary
3. EuroButterflies: Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Lesser Spotted Fritillary
4. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa- Lesser Spotted Fritillary
5. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey- Lesser Spotted Fritillary
6. Captain's: European Butterfly Guide - Lesser Spotted Fritillary
7. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Lesser Spotted Fritillary
8. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species- Lesser Spotted Fritillary


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-04 9:49]

Hi Seyfi .This is a very colourful small butterfly which you have taken a fine side view. We can see all of the wing markings which you have taken with fine detail and bright colours. A Good pov/dof. well done TFS.

Ciao Seyfi, splendid Melitaea trivia with fantastic colors, superb macro with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus on eye and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-04 10:57]

Merhaba Seyfi Bey,
Çok güzel bir makro çalışması olmuş.Netlik,canlı renkler,keskinlik,fon ve kompozisyon 4/4 lük.
Selamlar,iyi haftalar,ellerinize sağlık..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-04 11:21]

Hello Seyfi,
What a splendid macro shot of this beauty with great DOF/POV and details on the wings. Realy perfect shot in all around.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-04 11:49]

Hello Seyfi,
Great clear coloured and sharp detailed photo of this butterfly. The POV, DOF, blurred BG and composition are all excellent.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-04 12:05]

Hello Seyfi
Excellent details and wonderful colors.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-04 13:26]

Hi Seyfi

Well composed pic that shows great detail of the subject.
It is sharp and displays good POV, DOF and BG.

hello Seyfi!
wonderful macro with strong colors and
perfect definition the details wings of this elegant melitaea trivia

greetings sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-04 15:50]

Hi Seyfi,simply fantastic!!! The best point of view to show the fantastic design and colors of this beauty of our fields! Top quality pic,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-04 16:26]

Hi Seyfi,

I don't think I have seen this butterfly before. What a magnificent shot! You captured it in a wonderful position showing off the beautiful wing markings, the body, and the amazing blue eye. The colors are magnificent and the details are razor sharp. I love the perfect background and the superb composition.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-04 16:30]

Merhaba Seyfi Bey!
Muhteşem renkleri ve kusursuz detaylarıyla oldukça güzel bir kelebek fotosu olmuş. Elinize sağlık.


Un primer plano excelente,nitido y colorido para conocer la fauna para mi deconocida!!!

Seyfi Bey,
Renkler müthiş netlik ve keskinlikte öyle.
Müthiş bir kare.
Elinize sağlık.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-05 4:28]
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Hello Seyfi,
Very sharp picture of this beautiful Melitaea trivia, species we don't have in our region. I also love the beautiful blue eyes.. Pleasant neutral blurred background too. A butterfly we don't see so often on TN!
Thanks alot
Kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-05 6:41]

Hello Seyfi,
A fine macro of M. trivia, this closed-wing posture taken from a great POV with superb sharpness, lighting and set in an excellent composition with a fine contrasting neutral BG.
Thanks for posting this top-class image,
Best regards,

Hello Seyfi,
what a wonderful picture of Melitaea trivia taken from an excellent POV to show very well the fantastic shapes of the closed wings, the sharpness is outstanding, the colours are very well saturated in a very nice composition.
Best regards

for the body of D300 I know, but also the lens it is diamond,
perfect scene and colors very fine photo

Hello Seyfi
another great butterfly shot from you, you have taken this melitaea trivia with great sharpness showing us the fine details on the texture of the wings
wonderful POV and DOF, the colors are beautiful too
TFS Jacqueline

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-05-06 8:34]

Seyfi bey enfes bir poz olmuş ellerinize sağlık çok keyifli.

hello Seyfi
super colours and great sharpness
beautiful composition with good details
greeting lou

What a lovely shot, my brother Seyfi....!!!! THe sharpness and thebright colours are awesome!

Hi Seyfi
Nice capture.
The colors flyers are great.

Merhaba Seyfi Bey, güzel:) bir Güzel İperhan Kelebeği ve lateral bakıştan harikulade bir makro çekim.
Emeğinize sağlık. İyi pazarlar.

Hello Seyfi

Excellent macro of this butterfly with fine POV
at its level, great focus, sharpness, details,
and contrast, TFS


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