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White-letter Hairstreak

White-letter Hairstreak
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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, B+W UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-13 7:40
Viewed: 2696
Points: 48
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Satyrium w-album , (Knoch, 1782)
White-letter Hairstreak

Turkish Name: Karaağaç Sevbenisi Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Usually grows in northern Anatolia Turkey. However, in other regions can be seen locally..

Distribution in the world: Turkey, Central and Southern Europe, the Ural Mountains, China, Korea, Japan.

Living Area: Funda-leaved woodlands and meadows are seen.

Flight time: May-August period between the months fly.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Ulmus (elm) species feeding on the leaves develop.

Description-Notes: Underneath the wing, "W"-like the most obvious distinguishing feature of the white line. As with all types of Satyrium, irregular spirals by drawing flies. Resting and feeding all the wings are closed. This butterfly forms discrete colonies which are sometimes very small containing only a few dozen individuals. Colonies are typically focused on a small clump of trees or even an individual tree. These butterflies are not great wanderers and will reuse the same site year after year.

Wingspan: 30-32 mm long.

Similar Species:

• Blue-Spot Hairstreak - Satyrium spini,(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
• Black Hairstreak - Satyrium pruni,(Linnaeus, 1758)

1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul..56 pp.
2. O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - White-letter Hairstreak
3. UK Butterflies:Europe and North Africa - White-letter Hairstreak
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - White-letter Hairstreak


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-13 7:53]

Hello Seyfi,
Nice photo of this butterfly in excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Pleasing contrasting smooth background.
Enjoy your weekend,

hello Seyfi
this is beautiful
so good light and great sharpness
the composition and colours are beautiful 'thanks greeting lou

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-13 8:15]

Splendid image, Seyfi!
Excellent sharpness and light; perfect POV and beautiful colours; nice contrast with a clean blurred background.Very well done!

Salam Seyfi,

This is a great capture with beautiful colors, details & sharpness. Very well done & TFS.

Best Salam


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-13 10:43]

Hi Seyfi.
Once more cute close-up of a small beautiful butterfly. I also often use macro lens with 1.4x converter. Direct POV is wonderful as well as composition of the image. Yellow-green BG supplements of the main subject perfectly. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-13 11:28]

Hi Seyfi,great capture of the W album,very rare in country,i meet this specie only 2 times in my life.Beautiful compositon and great details and colors,i like it!Have a nice weekend 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)
  • [2012-04-13 11:37]

Hello Seyfi,
A very nice macro from last summer of w-album.
Top sharpness and DOF in a fine composition with the thistle flower against a clean natural BG. Excellent natural colours too.
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely little butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful bright colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi.
This is a beautiful butterfly capture with downward perch on that purple flower. the focus is beautiful silencing the background really well. Nice markings and thanks for sharing.

Hello Seyfi,
Gorgeous macro with excellent contrast and superb vivid colors. It is a lovely composition. The details and colors are great. Splendid green blurry background.
Impressive focus and razor sharp details.
Thanks for sharing! Marius.

Hello Seyfi
Beautiful elegant composition.Wonderful colors,clean BG and great sharpness.
Thank You,
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

Hello Seyfi,
very sharp and well composed picture of butterfly, smooth even colour BG enhance the beauty of the picture.

Hallo Seyfi
Stunning image. Fantastic colours. Excellent details. Spot-on focus. Perfect moment captured. Wonderful point of view. What more can I say? Really a pleasure once again to look at a master photographer's work. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards.

Ciao Seyfi. Very good sharp and details agains the blurry BG. Beautiful colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-14 12:41]

Hello Seyfi,
very colorful and with good composition. Excellent sharpness and also the clarity. Good view and nice DOF.Best regards Siggi

Hello Seyfi,
A Beautiful macro with splendid detail, light and colours. I like the pose and placing against the green OOF BG. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-15 23:40]

Salam Seyfi,
your style of having the butterfly and flowers on the neat background is indeed very effective and attractive. The sharpness is good and the features are pleasant to look at.
I like the eye of the butterfly, bulging and agile.
That is the beauty of a creature presented in a good shot.


Bu gurubun en gizemli türlerinden biri bu sevbeni, güzel fotoğraflamışsınız, elinize sağlık Seyfi Bey.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-16 5:09]

Hello Seyfi,
A very cute Lycaenidae with its white W on the wings. I have seen once that we can find almost all letters of the alphabet on butterfly-wings..
Fine green and neutral background fitting well with the colors of the Hairstreak.
Sharpness is a little bit just.
Kind regards

Hello Seyfi!
Wow!!! What a beautiful composition!Very pleasant with wonderful colors and elegant BG.The butterfly is outstanding!Many congrats and TFS.Thanks also for visiting my gallery!Appreciated it!
Regards from,

Hi Seyfi, Fabulous capture of this little beauty my good friend, impressive and strong composition, lovely lighting and wonderful rich colours, splendid OOF green background, nice soft focus, great stuff and very well done,
Best Regards,


Interesting species and great photo Seyfi! Very good composition, beautiful BG, wonderful colours and great sharpness!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-05-04 9:59]

Hello Seyfi,
A beautiful composition showing this pretty Hairstreak in a nice pose on the thistle. Great sharpness and lovely natural colours against the plain background.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hello Seyfi

Beautiful macro of this butterfly in his
acrobatic pose, fine POV and framing,
beautiful soft light and color tones, TFS


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