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Cigaritis acamas

Cigaritis acamas
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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: 2017-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2,8 I, B+W F - Pro
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-03-17 4:34
Viewed: 968
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cigaritis acamas, (KLUG,1834 ) (=Apharitis acamas)
The Lebanese Silver-line,
The Levantine Leopard Butterfly

Turkish Name: Şeytancık Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: South-eastern Mediterranean basin, Southeastern Anatolia..

Distribution in the world: Turkey, Middle East,- Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel,
Jordan.. North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Living Area: Often hot, dry, barren places from sea level to 900 metres. Arid areas with flowering and short plants.

Flight time: Flies in a three generation. Mid-May to Mid-June first generation. Mid-July to Mid-September second generation. October-November third generation.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Unknown. This butterfly is one of the butterflies that have not been positively associated with a host-plant.

Description-Notes: Type locality : Syria. Rare and local butterfly. It is a small butterfly. Pale orange submarginal band on both wings is bordered inside by a dark brown band. Sand-colored undersides are decorated with various rounded and elongated brown markings with dark borderes and fine silver lines in the middle. Abdomen is is conspicuously striped with brown.The female is similar to the male but is usually larger in size. It has a fast and variable flight. Also known as Levantine Leopard.

Wingspan: 25-35 mm long.

The origin of the name: In Greek mythology, the son of Phaedra and Theseus, and brother or half brother to Demophon, was a character in the Trojan War.

Endangerment : Endangered.

Similar Species:
• Tawny Silver-line, Arab Leopard – Apharitis acamas, (Klug, 1834)
• Allard's Silver-line – Cigaritis allardi, (Oberthür, 1909)
• Common Silver-line – Cigaritis siphax, (Lucas, 1849)
• Donzel's Silver-line – Cigaritis zohra, (Donzel, 1847)
• Levantine Silver-line – Cigaritis cilissa, (Lederer, 1861)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.44 pp.
2. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey :>> http://www.adamerkelebek.org/GozlemFoto.asp?Durum=7&FamilyaId=2&CinsId=11&TurID=26
3. Lepiforum.de :>> http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Apharitis_Acamas
4. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey : http://www.adamerkelebek.org/GozlemFoto.asp?Durum=7&FamilyaId=7&CinsId=120&TurID=156
5. Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey :>> http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=%C5%9Eeytanc%C4%B1k
6. Moths and Butterflies of Europe: >> http://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPages/ApharAcama.htm


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2018-03-17 11:15]

Hello Seyfi,
A most beautiful butterfly this Libanese Silver-line. Excellent sharpness and fine colours. May be a little more space on the left would have made the composition more balanced.
Kind regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-03-17 16:14]

Hi Seyfi,another fantastic gift to the butterflies fans like me! Wonderful macro of this very rare species,what a lucky meeting and what a top quality pic,a big thanks,your uploads are always amazing!!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2018-03-18 10:09]

Hello Seyfi,
I like your shot of this Silver Line butterfly a lot. What an exotic looking Lycaenid ! The evening light introduces a color shift which can be compensated only partially with the color temperature setting in PS. Another method is the use of a flash with disperser. The best part is your careful and detailed note which introduces us also to ID books and even entomological societies in your region.
Thanks a lot for presenting this in TN. Greetings, Dietrich

Hello Seyfi,
a very detailed, closely approached powerful capture of this pretty and rare little butterfly. The flat angle of light coming from a strong evening sun is casting some shadows from vegetation onto the wings, and at the same time it is showing the buttery's shapes very three-dimensionally.
The image may look a bit too tightly framed. Showing a bit more of the surrounding plant parts might be recommended if the original image has been closely cropped for this presentation.
Very detailed, well informing notes, too. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Seyfi,

The butterfly is well placed in the frame. The point of view is shopwing the details of the Cigaritis acamas butterfly. It is clear and sharp. The light is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


Ciao Seyfi, great macro of fantastic butterflye, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi

Great macro of this butterfly, fine lateral POV and framing,
beautiful light, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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