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Pontia glauconome

Pontia glauconome
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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: 2018-09-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D850, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-12-06 3:54
Viewed: 507
Points: 16
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Pontia glauconome, (Klug, 1829)

Common Name: The Desert Bath White / The Desert White

Turkish Name: Siirt Benekli Melek Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: South-east Anatolia-Siirt

Distribution in the world: The Pontia glauconome is a widespread species, ranging from North Africa (Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Arabia, Egypt) through Arabia and the Middle East to Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Living Area: Inhabiting arid regions, the Pontia glauconome occurs in deserts and on mountain slopes and foothills with sparse vegetation, up to around 1,500 metres above sea level.

Flight time: March and October, during which time it produces three generations, each of which differ greatly in appearance.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: The caterpillar is known to feed on the leaves of shrubs, including Zilla spinosa and Ochradenus baccatus.

Description-Notes: Typical area,"Arabien, Berg Sinai" [Mt. Sinai, Egypt]. Is a member of the Pieridae family, also known as the true butterflies, which comprises around 1,100 species worldwide. Most members of this family are white or yellow and are characterised by medium size, fully functional forelegs, and the forked claws on the tips of the legs. They also have pigments in the wings that either reflect or absorb ultraviolet light, such that the wings produce a variety of attractive patterns.

Wingspan: 35-50 mm long.

Origin of name: In Greek mythology, Glauconome is one of the Nereides, the daughters of Nereus and his wife Doris.

Endangerment factors : It is not known if there are any major threats to the desert white.

Similar Species:
• Small Bath White – Pontia chloridice (Hübner, 1813)
• Peak White – Pontia callidice (Hübner, 1800)
• Eastern Bath White – Pontia edusa (Fabricius, 1777)
• Bath White – Pontia daplidice (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Brown-veined White – Belenois aurota(FABRICIUS, 1793)

1.Heiner Ziegler:
2.Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey :
3.Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey:
http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Siirt%20beneklimele%C4%9Fi
4.Russian insects:
5.Wildscreen Arkive:


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  • Great 
  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2018-12-06 6:16]

Excellent close catch but I could not find the trunk, the detailed NOTE covers a whole BOOK.

Hi Seyfi
Beautiful butterfly, nicely shown in this neat composition with the best sharpness and dof.


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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2018-12-07 0:11]

elinize sağlık..

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-12-07 8:21]

Hi Seyfi,another great pearl in your collection of rare species,fantastic macro for a pieridae that i never seen before and top quality of sharpness,very well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi,
amazing capture with such lovely colors...

Very nice capture.

wauwh Seyfi this is beautiful
great shot
thanks gr lou

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