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Balkan Fritillary Couple

Balkan Fritillary Couple
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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: 2015-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2,8 I, B+W UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-03-23 8:21
Viewed: 2085
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Boloria graeca, (Staudinger,1870)
The Balkan Fritillary
The Pearl of the Balkans

Turkish Name: Balkan Menekşe Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Anatolia, high mountain slopes.

Distribution in the world: It flies in Greece and countries bordering to the north plus in a small area of Southwest Alps- France and bordering mountains of Italy, the central Balkan Peninsula, Turkey.

Living Area: 800-3000 meters above sea level. Dry or moist grassy, sometimes stony subalpine and lower alpine habitats.

Flight time: One generation flying in Early-July and early-August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Viola spp.(violets) family is fed plants.

Description-Notes: It is a butterfly sub-alpine and alpine meadows. Experience local and rare. One of the smallest fritillaries-(Boloria) in Turkey. Colors and patterns of the hindwing the other " types of Boloria as " very beautiful. Very similar to Caucasian Fritillary, but underside of its hindwing is paler and less reddish. Their ranges do not overlap. It is a butterfly over orange to brown basal suffusion decorated with various brands of brown, round spots submarginal, lines forming festoons. The rear wing is angled at its front edge. Male vivid colors, female pale colors.
Annotation :
Endangerment factors: Boloria graeca is locally endangerd by global warming (at lower altitudes) and always new ski runs and the major threats for the area are related to overgrazing.
Conservation status: CR-Critical

Origin of the name: Graeca (Latin, toponymic.) - Greece.

Wingspan: 40-45 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Caucasian Fritillary ── Boloria caucasica, (Lederer,1852)
• Pearl-bordered Fritillary ── Boloria euphrosyne,(Linnaeus, 1758)
• Small pearl-bordered fritillary ── Boloria selene,(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
• Weaver's Fritillary ── Boloria dia, (Linnaeus, 1767)
• Mountain Fritillary ── Boloria napaea, (Hoffmannsegg, 1804)
• Cranberry Fritillary ── Boloria aquilonaris, (Stichel, 1908)
• Shepherd's Fritillary ── Boloria pales, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


1.Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.144 pp.
2. Butterflies of Bulgaria : >> http://www.butterfliesofbulgaria.com/bolgra.html,
3. Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey : >>http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Balkan%20Menek%C5%9Fe%20kelebe%C4%9Fi,
4. 5.Captain's : >>http://www.butterfly-guide.co.uk/species/fritillaries/frit7.htm,
5. Philippe Bricaire’s : >>http://www.fleetingwonders.com/boloria-graeca.php,
6. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey: >>http://www.adamerkelebek.org/GozlemFoto.asp?Durum=7&FamilyaId=3&CinsId=53&TurID=183,
7. Butterflies of France : >>http://www.butterfliesoffrance.com/html/Boloria%20graeca.htm,
8. Moths and Butterflies of Europe: >>http://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPages/BolorGraec.htm,
9. EuroButterflies »Matt Rowling : >>http://www.eurobutterflies.com/sp/graecaB.php,
10. Lepidoptera and their ecology»by Wolfgang Wagner : >>http://www.pyrgus.de/Boloria_graeca_en.html,
11. Lepiforum.de : >>http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Boloria_Graeca


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-03-23 9:06]

Hello Seyfi,
Very beautiful sharp detailed macro of these butterflies. Splendid colours with a nice blurred background.

Hello Seyfi,
the scene with the couple of Pearls of the Balkan you captured looks very, very pretty. It allows a perfect view on the exquisite markings and colours of that species, and also the difference in saturation of colours between the sexes. A contribution that is both very instructive and beautiful. Thank you. With best regards,

Hello Seyfi,
Although high altitude, windy day.....but still you were capable of capturing these two beautiful butterflies nicely. Since my joining here in TN, I have been watching your work how you managed such BG and I also tried to implemented it in my butterfly photography, although not as good as yours. Here well focus on two of them with good details and sharpness. Exposure in white flowers is also perfect. Nice work......
Thanks for sharing with excellent NOTE,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-03-23 18:49]

Hello Seyfi,
What an array of colors and intricate markings these two love birds (or should I say love butterflies) display. How neat to see the big difference in color tone and wing pattern between the two. Tac sharp focus and perfectly exposed. Picture perfect in every way!!

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2016-03-23 21:45]

Well well much NOTE that need to be studied and nice catch.

Hello Seyfi,
Gorgeous couple with exceptional colors. Very nice composition of this two butterflies in love.

There is something rather grand about this image of mating butterflies, Seyfi.
The image is a sheer feast for the eyes.

hallo Seyfi
very nice picture with lovely colours
good sharpness to
thanks gr lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-03-25 1:22]

Hi Seyfi,
Wonderfully close-up of these butterflies. Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-03-25 2:30]

Hi Seyfi,

A truly lovely couple!
Well done!


Ciao Seyfi, great macro of fantastic maiting couple of beautiful flower, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well fone, my friend, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi

Wonderful photo of these lovers over their flower, fine POV,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast,
great light and density of the color tones, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-03-28 14:36]

Hi Seyfi,magnificent mating moment of this rare specie,another great spectacle in your gallery of wonder made in a very professional quality,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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