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Oriental Steppe Brown

Oriental Steppe Brown
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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: 2014-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2,8 I, B+W F - Pro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-01 7:41
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Points: 16
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Hyponephele lupinus, (Costa,[1836])
Oriental Steppe Brown

Turkish Name: Esmer Peri Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: All regions.

Distribution in the world: Spain, south France, parts of Italy, and center-southeast Europe. Also from the mountains of north Africa. Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Asia Minor, North Iraq, North Iran, West Mongolia and Afghanistan and parts of Asia to Western China.

Living Area: Above sea level, land at an altitude of 2600 meters high. Hot and flowering meadows, high forests and valleys.

Flight time: One generation from late May early October.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, feeding on plants develop evidently grasses (Poaceae).

Description-Notes: Larger than Dusky Steppe Brown, with a more strongly scalloped hindwing outer magrin and relatively uniformground color. This species and lycaon differ from one another in size. The upperside markings are also distinct. Comparing the sexes lycaon is always much brighter and with extensive (although not always bright) yellowy orange markings. The much darker, grey brown of lupina is quite distinct. The current species also has heavily scalloped hindwings compared to lycaon and jurtina. The scalloped edge to the hindwing and the large eyespots help separate this species from the similar "Dusky meadow brown", Hyponephele lycaon. The best feature however is on the upperside of the male, which has no veins crossing the dark patch in lupina.

Similar views: ─Hyponephele Lycaon - Androconial field narrow, poorly marked, crosses two lighter veins. The females on the front wing yellow border around the top and bottom black holes are usually blends of eights. ─Maniola jurtina - on the underside of the hind wings of males sometimes have 2 very small black spots. The front wings of females with one eye black with a white dot in the center and a large yellow-ocher stain.

Wingspan: 40-45 mm long.

Origin of the name: Lupina (Latin) - Wolf.

Similar Species:
• Dusky Steppe Brown – Hyponephele lycaon, (Rottemburg 1775)
• Moroccan Meadow Brown - Hyponephele maroccana, (Blachier, 1908)
• Sardinian Meadow Brown - Maniola nurag, (Ghiliani, 1852)
• Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtina, (Linnaeus, 1758)
• False Meadow Brown - Hyponephele lycaonoides, (Weiss, 1978)
• Caucasian Steppe Brown- Hyponephele zuvandica, (Samodurow, Korolew & Tschikolowez, 1996)
• Koçak's Steppe Brown- Hyponephele kocaki, (Eckweiler, 1978)
• Iranian Steppe Brown- Hyponephele cadusia, (Lederer, [1869])


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.156 pp.
2. TRakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Oriental Steppe Brown
3. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Oriental Steppe Brown
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : The Butterflies Monitoring & Photography Society in Turkey- Oriental Steppe Brown
5. Captain's:European Butterfly Guide - Oriental Steppe Brown
6. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Oriental Steppe Brown
7. Wolfgang Wagner : Lepidoptera and their ecology - Oriental Steppe Brown
8. Butterflies of France : Butterflies of France - Oriental Steppe Brown
9. Babochki-kavkaza : Lepidoptera Caucasi - Oriental Steppe Brown
10. Butterflies of Bulgaria : Butterflies of Bulgaria - Oriental Steppe Brown


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hallo Seyfi
great sharpness composition and good bg
colours are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-01 8:51]

Hi Seyfi,spectacular quality and very rare specie another time,great capture in a curious location and very bright,interesting butterfly that remind me a bit a pamphilus common in my country.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-08-01 9:11]

Nefis detay ve oldukça etkili pozlama yine Seyfi bey, .. tebrikler, selâmlar
nuri ☺

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

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-01 19:13]

Hello Seyfi,
Appears this pretty little butterfly prefers your tripod over a flower as it's perch, how interesting:) Tac sharp focus showing exceptional detail and gorgeous wing markings. Exposure is perfect and colors are well saturated yet natural. Great work!!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-02 0:53]

Hello Seyfi,
Excellent capture,such wonderful warm colours,detail and sharpness,Great composition,POV/DOF.This one has got lovely markings.Regards Sigi

Hello Seyfi,
It is an excellent capture with breathtaking details. Even the piece of metal under the butterfly looks good. I you don't mind I can say that with these amazing details and colors it can be a excellent a product photo.....

Hello Seyfi,
Outstanding photograph of this Butterfly. Very nice details and sharpness. As usual excellent BG too. Very nice work....
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

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