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Freyer's Fritillary

Freyer's 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: 2010-05-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 105mm VR f/2.8G + TC14EII, B+W F - Pro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-09-27 6:41
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In the past, the tagged Glanville Fritillary.
"Freyer's Fritillary", I noticed recently that species.

Melitaea arduinna, (Esper [1784])
Freyer's Fritillary

Turkish Name Türkistan İparhanı kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Generally, South Anatolia, Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Freyer's Fritillary is a South Asian species whose distribution area of the Altai to Afghanistan via Iran, Iraq and Jordan, as well as the southern Russian steppes and the South Urals extends to Turkey and the southern Balkans. In Europe, it occurs only very locally in the montane some hills and highlands of northwestern Greece to the south east of Romania and on the lower Volga.

Living Area: Bushy glades in woodland.

Flight time: One generation. Mid-May to June; a month later in the northeast.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Centaurea spp-(Knapweeds) family fed plants.

Description-Notes: Freyer's Fritillary-(Melitaea arduinna) very similar to the Glanville Fritillary –(Melitaea cinxia) The moths usually wear but obeseits a slightly reddish base color and are on average larger. Especially in Europe, they are also marked on the upper side dark little stronger on average. The most distinctive feature is, however, on the hind wing underside. Here it is lying on the fringe black spot at number Glanville Fritillary –(Melitaea cinxia) of more or less round, always clearly separated points. In Freyer's Fritillary are the flat triangles, which are often grown together. Male is reddish brown with black borders and spots, but has a cleaner, less reticulated look than similar species, including Knapweed Fritillary and Glanville Fritillary. Note the hindwing postmedian row of small black spots. Female is duller and more heavily dusted with dark brown scales. Note that narrow hindwing black marginal lines interrupted by veins form a more or less continuous line(they are distinctly discrete rounded or triangular spots on Glanville Fritillary). Small black dots within orange postmedian band on hindwing separate it from Knapweed Fritillary.

Wingspan: 44-46 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Glanville Fritillary- Melitaea cinxia, (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Knapweed Fritillary– Melitaea phoebe, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
• Provencal Fritillary– Melitaea deione, (Geyer, 1832)
• Nickerl's Fritillary– Melitaea aurelia, (Nickerl, 1850)
• Heath Fritillary- Melitaea athalia, (Rottemburg, 1775)
• Aetherie Fritillary- Melitaea aetherie, (Hübner, 1826)

Etymology: "The Ardennes, therefore, as epithet of Diana" . S PULER 1 (1908: 22R):


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.128 pp.
2. O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - Freyer's Fritillary
3. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Freyer's Fritillary
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Freyer's Fritillary
5. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey- Freyer's Fritillary
6. Butterflies of Bulgaria : Butterflies of Bulgaria - Freyer's Fritillary
7. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species - Freyer's Fritillary
8. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Freyer's Fritillary


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-09-27 7:01]

Wow...one is beauty and two are...lovely capture of these pair mating here on lovely flowers..good to know that you are using tele convertors on macro lens...good use. tfs.

Hello Seyfi.
A superb picture with all good quality.
best wishes,

Hello Mr.seyfi,
Excellent Details.Very good picture.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Seyfi, this is one of the best mating butterflies picture I have ever seen and that too of an exotic species.
It is a very beautiful image with lovely colours, wealth of details and as a composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-09-27 10:27]

Hello Seyfi,
Very beautiful macro in splendid light and colours. Great sharpness, details and taken from the best POV. Excellent quality!
Have a good weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-27 11:16]

Hello Seyfi,
This is a perfect shot! A beautiful composition with a diagonale, nice colours, sharpness and background and a lovely scene. Regards Siggi

hello seyfi
great sharpness composition with good details and beautiful colours
great shot
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-27 12:29]

Hi Seyfi,another spectacular capture of a rare specie,this is really in the first places of your gallery of wonders,a magnificent mating moment and a fantastic pic whit warm colors and the best details everywhere.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Seyfi. The couple of a fantasatic specie! Wonderful colours impressive details and great managemtn of light. Never seen it before so TFS MF.


Ciao Seyfi, great macro of fantastic maiting couple, beautiful blurry BG, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi.
牠的圖案很炫麗 真是美麗
角度也很棒 構圖美麗 背景深遂無限綠意

Another GREAT photo of an interesting species Seyfi! The composition, the colours and the sharpness for one more time are excellent!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-09-28 1:30]

Beautiful and excellent picture! Great qualitty in all the aspects. I like it! Congratulation. Saludos.

Merhaba Seyfi
Fantastic capture of this mating couple.Great moment!Amazing colours and impressive sharpness.Congrats!
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-09-28 2:13]

Nefis bir an yakalanmış Seyfi bey .. herzaman olduğu gibi fevkalâde poz, pozlama, ve detay aktarımı; .. âhenk kusursuz .. kutlarım üstadım .. selâmlarımla

nuri :)

Amazing macro capture of beautiful lovers in mating! I love this shot as everything about it is perfect!
Great work, and thanks.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-09-28 4:47]

Hello Seyfi,
Interesting species of Melitaea which I didn't know untuil now. Excellent to have both male and female to show the differences.
Sharpness is excellent, composition well chosen. Interesting posting as usual.
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-07 3:41]

Salam Seyfi
what a fabulous presentation. The colours are so fine and the lighting is perfect to see those details on the wings.
The colour contrast is very lively.
Well presented view.


Hi Seyfi,

The flower is helping to frame the butterflies. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Freyer's Fritillary butterflies. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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