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Hipparchia syriaca cypriaca

Hipparchia syriaca cypriaca
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-21
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-23 6:02
Viewed: 2916
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hipparchia syriaca cypriaca (Staudinger, 1879).
Cyprus Eastern Rock Grayling

Hipparchia syriaca is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae (Subfamily: Satyrinae) it is a species of southeast Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, the Caucasus and Iraq. The subspecies occurring in Cyprus is the endemic Hipparchia syriaca cypriaca (Staudinger, 1879).

The adult butterflies fly from June to November in a single genaration. Overwinters in the larval stage. The host plants are various species of the Poaceae family.

In Cyprus it is a locally common species, mainly distributed in semi-mountainous and mountainous areas. Recorded in orchards, maquis, river valleys and forests, from sea level to the summit of Troodos. Frequents shady locations, resting with closed wings on tree trunks, perfectly camouflaged against the colour of the bark.. It never visits flowers but has been recorded feeding on overripe fruit and on sap oozing from tree trunks. It often drinks from mud.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-23 6:46]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another gorgeous photo in superb sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Excellent POV, composition and DOF.

Hello Christodoulos,

An excellent capture with fine coloration, sharpness & intricate details. Very nicely composed & presented with a great POV.

Well done & TFS!

Regards & best wishes!


Hi Chris,
A fine shot, good focus showing the detail well, colours and light balance are good, good pov against good oof bg.
TFS and have a nice weekend, regards Bill.

Hello Christodoulos,
great picture in fantastic sharpness,true colour and good PoV,

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-23 8:43]

Hello Christodoulos,
Great details and clarity ! Also the light management is outstanding ! TFS Tina

Ciao Christodoulos,
Splendida foto con un’ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori bella composizione complimenti.
Ti auguro una buona domenica ciao Marco.

Oustanding! Great pic for the interesting specie. TFS and have a nice Sunday MF Christodoulos.


Ciao Christodoulos, great macro of fantastic butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos,
Remarkable photo again with exceptional clarity and details. Wonderful sharpness and fantastic colors of this interesting and colorful species of butterflies. The contrast against the background is superb. Lovely light and excellent clarity.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2012-06-23 14:25]

Hello Christodoulos,
fantastic and sharp picture of this shy and also well-camouflaged species.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-23 15:12]

Fantastic capture of this endemic specie of your island,the pic is really the best whit these fine details,perfect pov and saturation too,very well done and very interesting!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Christodoulos,
fine capture of this butterfly with good sharpness and lovely details. I also like the natural colours and the vertical composition.
Best wishes,

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2012-06-23 20:06]

Hello Christodoulos,

Great eye in spotting this beauty amongst camouflage as such. Choice light & optimum pov has made this diagonal composition a pleasure to the eye & a fine study image for this species!



This is the most attractive Grayling I have ever seen, Chris.
What a fabulous shot you have taken here with razor sharp focus on the butterfly! This is professional nature imagery at its best.

Hi Chris,
Not a colorful image but still it is attractive with the crisp sharpness & clarity.
The patterns on the wings are well presented & i like the composition too. Well done & TFS.

Hi Christodoulos.
Very good presentation. Excellent composition. Amazing natural colours. Perfect sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

The tones in the picture is amazing .. its always a treat to watch pictures of butterflies , The sharpness and the DOF is special and love the way you have composed the picture :-)
Goutham R

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-24 4:49]

Hello Christodoulos,
Well composed and fine picture of interesting Hipparchia-species. These butterflies are among my favourites and they are not easy to spot and photograph. As usual best quality!
Have a nice Sunday

nice grey butterfly, TFS Ori

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-06-25 12:14]

Stunning picture with those glistening grays and browns!



Giasou Christodoule
An excellent detailed photo of the butterfly in its typical posture and habitat.
Perfect focus and exposure, suitable background.
regards yiannis

splendid portrait of this endemic Hipparchia, Chris excellent management and use of flash

Hello Christodoulos

Great macro of this butterfly, fine POV,
the vertical framing adding dynamism to the image, TFS


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