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Odd-spot Blue

Odd-spot Blue
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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: 2014-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2,8 I
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-14 7:19
Viewed: 1556
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Turanana endymion, (Freyer, [1850])
Odd-spot Blue/
Anatolian Odd-spot Blue

Turkish Name: Anadolu Turanmavisi Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Aegean and Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Greece, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran.

Living Area: An altitude of 1000-3000 meters. It inhabits the arid mountain slopes with pillows acantholimons (Acantholimon spp.)

Flight time: Mid-June to late July; up to a month later at higher altitudes.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Acantholimon spp- Prickly thrift plants are fed up with.

Description-Notes: Typical localities : Amasya-Turkey. A tiny species of extreme interest. They fly very close to the ground and at a distance of more than a meter or two they disappear completely. Male is deep violet-blue with wide black borders and discoidal bars on both wings; female is dark brown. Counting from costal margin, fourth bold black spot in forewing postmedian band is displaced towards outer margin,and hindwing submarginal band contains an orange spot near anal angle.
-A species complex that is still being sorted out. A recent investigation suggests that Turanana endimion occurs in Asia and populations in Greece may belong to a very similar spicies Turanana taygetica. Informed that in Turkey Turanana taygetica occurs roughly from Nigde west to Sultan Mauntains in Afyon, while more easterly populatins are Turanana endymion.

Wingspan: 25-32 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Small Desert Blue - Lachides galba, (Lederer, 1855)
• Indian Grass Blue - Zizeeria karsandra, (Moore, 1865)
• Jewel Blue - Chilades trochylus, (Freyer, 1845)
• Persian Odd-spot Blue - Turanana cytis, (Christoph, 1877)
• Greek Odd Spot Blue - Turanana taygetica, (Rebel, 1902)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.62 pp.
2. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa - Anatolian Odd-spot Blue
3. Trakel’s: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Anatolian Odd-spot Blue
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Anatolian Odd-spot Blue
5. Lepiforum.de:
Help for determining the proven European butterfly species - Anatolian Odd-spot Blue
6. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page – Anatolian Odd-spot Blue
7. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Anatolian Odd-spot Blue


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  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-14 7:23]

I do like these Common Blue butterflies. The colours and patterns are always so attractive. Very well shown and presented,
Regards Sigi

hello Seyfi
une magnifique photo,belle qualité des couleurs, de la netteté et du flou.
Bon W-E

Hello Seyfi,
Beautiful species and again a masterwork. Excellent details with splendid BG. Very good sharpness too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice WE,

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

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-14 10:33]

Hello Seyfi,
Fantastic sharp detailed macro in very beautiful colours. Excellent DOF and composition with a nice blurred background.

Very sharp, beautiful details, good lighting & exposure. Patterns are lovely. Thanks for sharing!

Hello Seyfi

Excellent macro with fine lateral POV, beautiful soft light,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Perfect!!!! like the brownish colors and your composition.

Hello Seyfi
wonderful capture, excellent sharpness, each details is good visible
fine contrast against the blurred BG

Wonderful details in this balanced, minimalist composition.

Hernán Bortondello

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