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Brintesia circe

Brintesia circe
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Kurdistan [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-08-14 2:23
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Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Banded Grayling (Brintesia circe) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is the only one species belonging to the genus Brintesia.

Brintesia circe reaches on average 65–80 millimetres (2.6–3.1 in) of wingspan. Wings are mainly black or dark brown. They have a broad white band at the edge of the basal area of all wings and usually a second white streak on the lower wings. The black eyespots on the underside of the upper wings have a white contour. Brintesia circe is quite similar to Hipparchia fagi, but in the last one the second white streak on the lowers wings is always missing and the eyespots has a yellow contour. These butterflies usually rest on the branches of a tree, protected by their cryptic markings, but ready to take off and fly away when disturbed.

hese butterflies fly in one generation from June to September feeding on nectar of flowers. Larvae feed on various herbaceous plants (mainly on Anthoxanthum, Bromus, Festuca and Sesleria species). The young larvae overwinter

The species can be found in Central and Southern Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, southern Germany and Poland), in Anatolia and the Caucasus up to Iran.

These butterflies prefer light woodland, grasslands bordering forest edges and generally dry and bushy environments, at an altitude of 0–1,600 metres (0–5,200 ft) above sea level.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Brintesia
Species: B. circe
Binomial name
Brintesia circe
(Fabricius, 1775)
Kanetisa circe
Papilio circe, Fabricius, 1775;
Papilio proserpina,
Denis et Schiffermüller, 1775


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Hi Durzan,
nice photo of this specie. Very good point of view. Quite good sharpness and composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-08-14 2:52]
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Slav Dürzan,
A very fine sharp capture of Kanetisa circe taken with fine natural colours, superb focusing for a clean BG, in fine lighting and a pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-14 3:07]

Hi Durzan,a beautiful circe taken at the best in a difficult light and position,the perspective is magnificent as the sharpness,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Slav Durzan,
a superb macro shot of the Great Banded Grayling taken from an excellent point of view with very good sharpness, very pleasant composition
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-14 5:05]

Hello Durzan,
Excellent image of this very nice Great Banded Grayling butterfly, very good colors and details, the lighting is perfect.Best regards Siggi

Hi Durzan,
fine capture, the image is very sharp with good details, nice pov, well composed shot,

hello Durzan
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Excellent photo, good point of view and lighting. Interesting species. regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-14 8:56]

Hello Dûrzan,
Excellent photo in great sharpness and very beautiful matching colours and blurred BG. Good DOF and composition.

Hello Durzan,
A very nice capture of a lovely species of butterfly very well camouflaged.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Durzan, great macro of lovely maiting butterfly on a beautiful lighting BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-14 19:56]

Hello Durzan,
This beautiful little butterfly really blends into it's surroundings. The wing patterns and colors are very attractive and the detail is great. Love the composition and blurred BG. Well done!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-15 1:16]

Bonjour Durzan,
A fine and subtle colored butterfly picture. And a Circe so mysterious..in general hidden on a tree trunk. I like a lot.
Kind regards

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