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Clouded Yellow Butterfly for *Silvio*

Clouded Yellow Butterfly for *Silvio*
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-24
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-27 18:23
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Colias crocea (Clouded Yellow) [in Turk. Türkistan Azameti]

Dear Friends, today I wish to share another beautiful butterfly shot on the flowers of Dittrichia viscosa from Cyprus which I detected it as a first record from Geçitköy (=Panagria), Kyrenia and Karpaz Peninsula (Dipkarpaz).

And finally I would like dedicate this photo to my beloved friend, Silvio Sorcini (Silvio2006) from Italy. Hoping you can like this!




A medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of 40-53 mm. The upperside ground colour of the male is orange with a wide, black band along the outer border of all wings. The forewing has a black mark at the cell end. There are two orange spots in the centre of the hindwing and a sex brand near the costa. The underside ground colour is yellow/green. Forewing with a series of black postdiscal marks and a black mark at the end of the cell. The hindwing has a series of small, brown, postdiscal marks and a central, white, '8' shaped spot. The female is similar to the male but with an overall darker appearance. In addition, the black band along the outer margin contains a series of yellow marks. The helice form, where the female upperside ground colour is replaced by white (and by yellow on the underside) is uncommon in Cyprus (less than 5% of the female population).

It is a species with a very wide range, distributed throughout almost all of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and west central Asia. In Cyprus the adult butterflies start to emerge in February and are on the wing until November in successive, overlapping generations. It is also recorded in small numbers on sunny days in December and January.

The larval host-plants are various species of the Leguminosae family, In Cyprus early stages of this butterfly have been found on the following plants: Astragalus lusitanicus, Medicago sativa (Lucerne), Hippocrepis multisiliquosa, Ononis spinose (Spiny Rest-harrow) and Lotus corniculotus (Common Bird's-foot trefoil).

A very common butterfly widely distributed throughout Cyprus. Recorded in every type of habitat (maquis, garigue, phrlgana, forests, agricultural land and river valleys) frorn sea level to the summit of Troodos. It is very common in cultivated areas, especially close to areas where Lucerne is grown.


Makris, C. (2003). Butterflies of Cyprus. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. 329 pp.

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Hi Bayram. I like the perch and sharpness of the composition. Very clear and well exposed details. Well framed and TFS. Regards, Jusni

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Muhteşem bir çalışma.Geri planın renksiz ve flu hali biririne uyumlu renklerdeki kelebek ve çiçeklerin dah vurgulayıcı olmasını sağlamış.Tebrikler,


hello Bayram,

from the thumbnail your butterfly look like the flower plant where it perched.. i wouldn't know if not for the title :) beautiful catch.. well composed and wonderful gift to your friend.. tfs..

regards, terry

Merhaba Bayram Bey,
Yaygın ve göz alıcı bir tür. Hoş bir çiçek üzerinde zarif bir şekilde belgelenmiş. Ellerine sağlık
Selahattin E

Bayram Hocam
Diyecek kelime bulamıyorum
Tek kelime ile muhteşem
Renkler olağanüstü
Elinize sağlık

Merhabalar Bayram Bey,
mükemmel bir açıdan alınmış gerçek güzellik,
netlik ve detaylar harika,
özellikle kelebek ve çiçeğin renk uyumuna bayıldım,
ellerinize ve emeğiniz sağlık,

Thannks Bayram, my beloved friend, for this lovely dedication, splendid colias with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, great focus and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-10-28 7:18]

HI Bayram
A good and well taken photo which I am sure Silvio will appreciate.
I wonder if it affects their flying when they have damaged wings?

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-10-28 7:37]

merhaba Bayram bey...
ne güzel bir macro çalışması...ne güzel bir paylaşım...eline sağlık...selamlar

Hello Bayram,
A superb butterfly image. The flower competes with the butterfly as to what should better be admired. My compliments...Danilo

Merhaba Bayram Bey,çok beğendiğim bir karenizdi.Arkapaln temizliği,kanat ve anten detayları,renklerin çarpıcılığı harika.Silvio için nefis bir kare,zarif bir hareket,ellerinize sağlık,selamlar :)

Merhaba Bayram bey,
Mükemmel canlı renkleri ile çarpıcı bir macro...
Detaylar ve odaklama ile netlik mükemmel.
Eline sağlık. Selam,sevgiler.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hello Bayram,
Nice shot very well positioned and nice composition with the flower ad the abckground, well done. with best regards.Siegfried

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-10-28 13:13]

Hola Bay,
fine artwork,
dedication and excellent bg,
exquisite texture,
a picture of supreme quality,

Nice sharp details, strong colours and a good composition. A nice study of an interesting looking butterfly.
Thanks for sharing

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-10-29 8:13]

Hello Bayram, great nature photo my friend, lovely composition and a great quality image. Sharp and clear. Well done!


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-10-29 11:02]

Yine çok güzel bir kelebek ve harika bir makro Bayram hocam. Elinize sağlık.

Merhaba Bayram,

Excellent macro photograph!
I like very much the blurred background!
And I love the simplicity and beauty of the image on the foreground!
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-02-12 3:11]

Merhaba Bayram,
superbs yellow with that powsery and silky wings. Beautiful glow of the flourescent inner wing.
well composed and good selected parts to expose.


Hi Bayram,
Beautiful Colias crocea.
good details and good light.
The note is always very interesting beautiful dedication for our best friend Silvio.
ood Weekend.

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