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European Map Butterfly

European Map Butterfly
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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: 2011-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 700, Nikkor AF-S 105mm VR f/2.8G + TC14EII
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-11 9:06
Viewed: 4110
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Araschnia levana, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Map Butterfly

Turkish Name: Isırgan Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Turkey, Kırklareli and can be seen around.

Distribution in the world: Central Europe, Central Asia, North Asia, Southeast Asia.

Living Area: Above sea level, 1400 meters altitude gardens, parks, forest edges in the water are particularly preferred.

Flight time: Two generations per year. First-generation beginning of April until the first days of June. July August until the middle of the second generation of flies.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, the first generation of the Great Stinging Nettle - (Urtica diocia L.), the second generation of young stinging Nettle - (Urtica urens L.) leaves of plants fed and thrive.

Description-Notes: Stinging Butterfly lines and patterns mixed with very interesting and a small species. The European Map has two forms. The spring form is auburn an similar to the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui). The summer form is black and similar to the Poplar Admiral (Limenitis populi) and the White Admiral (Limenitis camilla).In its most extreme displays of seasonal dimorphism. Usually occur in open areas near forested areas. April to May and the beginning of June until the spring generation of so-called orange-winged generation can be observed. The summer months of July and August, with a dark generation of generation is observed. However, the back of the wing does not change colors. Under the wing resembles a network of spider veins. Therefore, the two generations can be easily detected under the wing.

Wingspan: 32-38 mm long.

Similar Species:
White Admiral- Limenitis camilla (Linnaeus,1764)


1. O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - European Map Butterfly
2. UK Butterflies: UK Butterflies - European Map Butterfly
3. AdaMerOs: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - European Map Butterfly


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-11 9:18]

Hi Seyfi,a very rare specie in my country and a wonderfull capture! I like the classic point of view and the total sharpness,magic light on the butterfly and in background too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-11 9:28]

Hello Seyfi,
A fine capture of the female Map Butterfly in the closed wing position. The details are seen with fine sharpness and natural colours against a nice clean green natural BG in this pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-11 9:29]

Hello Seyfi,
Very nice photo with a great sharp focus. Beautiful natural colours, excellent contrasting against the splendid background. Very good composition.

Hello Seyfi,
A wonderful capture taken from ideal POV with excellent sharpness, fine details and vivid colours. I also like the composition and blurred BG. Well done!

Hi Seyfi,
amazing vivid and warm colours. Perfect point of view. Excellent sharpness and details. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Seyfi
Absolutely beautiful! It is stunning to look at with brilliant colours. You have captured the particulars so well. Great in all aspects - top notch quality. This is one of those images that catches the eye and attention immediately, and keep it there. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-11 10:20]

Hello Seyfi.
This is excelent macro shot of this butterfly. Beautiful composition with very good POV,DOF and good sharp details. Pleasant light here makes a wonderful natural color.Best regards Siggi

Hello Seyfi,
Excellent photo with exceptional clarity and focus.
Absolutely amazing natural colors and nice composition.
The light and exposure are perfect.
Thanks for sharing!

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

Very nice suitable green background, excellent detail and colours. Nice setting with the blue flower.
regards yiannis

hello Seyfi
very good sharpness and great details
the colours are beautiful
very nice composition
thanks greeting lou

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-11 14:07]

Hello Seyfi,
Wonderful!!! Gorgeous!Beautiful!Many congrats for your great work!I love the fabulous BG and amazing sharpness.Excellent control of lightness.Bravo! TFS
Regards from,

Salam Seyfi,
Excellent wing markings of this beautiful butterfly perch. I like the contrast against the silenced green background.
Thanks and kind regards,

Very good POV here dear Seyfi. Sharp and details perfect with good light and beautiful natural colours.


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-12 5:13]

Splendid image, Seyfi!
Perfect POV, excellent sharpness and fine detail; fantastic colours and nice blurred background. A beauty!

Hello Seyfi

Fine POV and framing, beautiful light coming
to the image, great focus sharpness and details,
excellent contrast of the color tones,
very beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Hi Seyfi,

The flower is helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is allowing me to see the details and colors of the European Map butterfly. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Seyfi
Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

brilliant macro shot as usual, great performance!
regards Seyfi

Hello Seyfi,
A Truly beautiful capture with sharpness/detail and light. Splendid colours, POV and OOF BG.
Best regards,

Hello Seyfi,
Very beautiful indeed with wonderful colours and in superb technical quality. I also have to comment on the background - it is exceptionally beautiful with the light just where it should be. Congratulations and best wishes.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-26 1:20]

Salam Seyfi,
very beautiful presentation. How exciting to see the patterns and colors of the wings. Real beauty well shared and well composed.
congrats for this lovely and lively image.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-20 9:57]

Hi Seyfi.
I am glad that I have time to study your gallery and to find this wonderful picture. Pictured butterfly is fine and your reproduced its features as well as features of the flower brilliantly. Amazingly illuminated BG is also great. Well done and TFS.

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