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The Artvin Blue

The Artvin 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: 2015-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2,8 I, B+W UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-02-22 7:59
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Points: 16
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Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) artvinensis, (Carbonell, 1997)
The Artvin Blue

Turkish Name: Artvin okgzls Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Anatolia-(Erzurum-Artvin).

Distribution in the world: Endemic.

Living Area: 900 - 2400 meters above sea level. In the humid and flowering meadows, along Coruh and Tortum Valley.

Flight time: A single generation. Late June to early-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Is not known. Insufficient data.

Description-Notes: Descibed in 2000. Very rare endemic species. This butterfly in for Turkey is endemic. Previously, Polyommatus actis is defined as a subtype. Alain Olivier et al in 2000, was raised to the level of the kind of essays. Type locality, Tortum, Erzurum, 1400 meters and the holotype is stored in natural history museums Paris.
This type is very similar in appearance Polyommatus sigbert or Polyommatus actis. Upperside ground-colour purplish violet, much as in Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) artvinensis, often with a faintly marked discoidal spot on forewing; often with extensive blackish suffusion in the distal third of the hindwing and, as a black margin of about 2 mm wide, along the outer margin of forewing up (or nearly) to the apex: sometimes the blackish suffusion invades most of the hindwing except for the basal area, sometimes it is entirely absent on all four wings, in the latter case the veins are always lackened, especially on hindwing; fringes blackish grey basally, white distally. Underside ground-colour warm greyish brown, without any or at most a vestigial blue-green basal suffusion; all spots well developed, black with creamy ocellation; submarginal row of markings sometimes well expressed; white streak always well expressed, narrow and straight, sometimes pointed distally, rather sharply contrasting with ground-colour.- Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) artvinensis stat. nov. And Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) sigberti sp. nov., two vicariant species known so far only from Turkey (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) [Alain Olivier, Dirk van der Poorten, Jurate Puplesiene & Willy De Prins]

Endangerment factors: Major threats. Overgrazing, agricultural land use.

Origin of the name: From this location, Artvin province.

Wingspan: 27-32 mm long.

Similar Species:
Sigbert's Blue - Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) sigbert, (Olivier, Poorten, Puplesiene & de Prins, 2000)
Anatolian Navy Blue - Polyommatus(Agrodiaetus) actis, (Herrich-Schffer,[1851])
Bilgin's Blue- Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) bilgini, (Dantchenko et Lukhtanov-2002)
Firdussii 's Blue- Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) firdussii, (Forster,1956)

1. Morphbank http://www.morphbank.net/Browse/ByImage/?tsn=999000057
2. Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Artvin%20%C3%87okg%C3%B6zl%C3%BCs%C3%BC
3. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey http://www.adamerkelebek.org/GozlemFoto.asp?Durum=7&FamilyaId=7&CinsId=34&TurID=347


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-02-22 8:12]

Hello Seyfi,
Excellent macro of this butterfly in splendid saturated colours and excellent sharpness. Nice diagonal composition. Good DOF.

Hello Seyfi,
Beautiful blue colored butterfly! Well captured. Nice composition with splendid details and sharpness. I like its BG too.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful butterfly,

Hello Seyfi
Wow! Outstanding capture!!! The colour here are brilliant. Lovely composition with the Artvin Blue on the flowering plant. I love this image.
Thanks for sharing, Janice

hallo Seyfi
beautiful colours and nice composition
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)
  • [2016-02-23 5:28]

Hi Seyfi,great capture from above of this rare rare polyommatus,fantastic blue and impressive sharpenss despite the half open wings,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-02-26 11:41]

Hi Seyfi,
A very nice close-up of this beautiful butterfly. Excellent sharpness details
and amazing blue colors.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Seyfi,
Another pin sharp image with very good clarity. Lovely capture with such impressive details. It is a wonderful capture with nice blue colors. Interesting and nice specie.....

Merhaba Seyfi,
What a beautiful blue tone! Pleasant and very interesting. Great camera angle, sharpness (on the subject) and nice shallow DoF. Together with the pale purple of the flowers, they help to the viewer's eyes to isolate the subject from the background. Lovely shot, hats off to you!
Kind regards, László

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