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Millet Skipper


Millet Skipper
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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: 2008-10-28 17:25
Viewed: 1736
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pelopidas thrax (=Parnara thrax) (Millet Skipper) [in Turk. Beyaz Çilli Kara Zıpzıp] (A female)

Dear Friends, today another beautiful butterfly-skipper- shot on the flowers of Dittrichia viscosa from Cyprus during my last trip to there. It was also recorded firstly from Geçitköy (=Panagria), Kyrenia. Hoping you can like this!

TFL!
Cheers,


Bayram

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A medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of 35-45 mm. The upperside ground colour of the male is brown with shiny white discal and postdiscal marks. The underside ground colour is light brown, The markings are similar to those on the upperside. The female is larger than the male and has a lighter-coloured underside. The markings are similar to those of the male but larger.

It is a species of the eastern Mediterranean, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and the Far East. The adult butterflies begin to emerge at the end of April and are on the wing until November with two or three generations. There is a marked increase in numbers during autumn. As Pelopidas thrax is a known migratory species this increase might be due to migrations from the Middle East or from Africa. Overwinters as a larva in a hibernaculum formed by joining together the two edges of a host-plant leaf - in Cyprus was seen on Oryzopsis miliacea (Rice Millet). The larval host-plants are various species of the Poaceae family. In Cyprus, P. thrax has been observed laying on Oryzopsis miliacea.

A locally common butterfly that inhabits lowland areas. Recorded on agricultural land, roadside verges, reed beds and dry drainage channels from sea level to 500 m. It is much more common in coastal areas and is very rarely recorded from areas higher than 300 m. Large numbers have been found in the Akrotiri reed beds and around the salt lake. Also seen near Mandria (Pafos) on the borders of fields. During my trip I also found it around the river bed of the Geçitköy Lakelet covered with Dittrichia viscosa in large numbers. Flies low and fast and feeds from a variety of flowers. In spring the adult butterflies are attracted to the flowers of Onopordum cyprium and in autumn to Heliotropium hirsutissimum and Dittrichia viscosa.

References:

1. Makris, C. (2003). Butterflies of Cyprus. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. 329 pp.
2. Baytaş, A. (2008). Türkiye’nin Kelebekleri Doğa Rehberi. NTV yayınları, Doğuş Grubu İletişim Yayıncılık ve Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, 222 s.

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Bayram Hocam merhaba
Yine muhteşem bir makro
Etkileyici renkler ve detaylar
Elinize sağlık
Burak

Selam Bayram Hoca,
Güzel kelebek türleriyanınsıragüzel bitkileri de Latince adlarıyla öğreniyoruz. Yine güzel örnekler...
Üzerlerindeki ışıktan hoşlandım
Selahattin E

Günaydın Bayram Bey,
kelebek için çok ilginç bir isim doğrusu; Beyaz Çilli Kara Zıpzıp;)
sizden öğreneceğimiz çok şey var daha:)
engin bilginizi bizimle paylaşıyor olmanız büyük şans bizler için,
mükemmel ışık altında muhteşem detaylar,
ellerinize ve emeğinize sağlık,
selamlar,
Taner

  • Great 
  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-10-29 1:04]

Hola Bay,
really brillant,
great details and fine pov,
good shot friend.
greetings

This is a gorgeous composition Bayram. Love the proboscis of the skipper sticking out, the b/g is clean, and the subjects are well focused. My compliments...Danilo

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-10-29 5:23]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
çok ince dateylı nefis bir macro olmuş.Ellerinize sağlık.Mesleğiniz botanik veya zoolojiylemi ilgili? Merak ettim.Necla.

Merhaba Bayram Bey,sizin gibi akademisyenden güzel fotoğraflarınızı,verdiğiniz bilgiler ışığında izlemek çok keyifli.Harika bir makro,netlik ve ışık süper,alan derinliği müthiş,ellerinize sağlık,selamlar :)

Merhaba Bayram bey,
Çilli karanın altın renkli kanatları ve
konakladığı sarı papatyaların çarpıcı çekimi...
Eline sağlık. Selam,sevgiler.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-10-29 7:53]

merhaba Bayram bey...
mükemmel bir macro çalışması, siyah hortumun durumunu harika görüntülemişsiniz....tebrikler...selam ve saygılar..

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-10-29 11:01]

Merhaba Bayram hocam, muhteşem. her açıdan müthiş bir makro. Elinize sağlık.
Mehmet

Hi Bayram,
Excellent macro work with this Millet Skipper with nice POV and composition, pin sharp details, good DOF and BG.
TFS
Siegfried

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Tek kelime ile muhteşem.Tebrikler,
Selamlar,

hAyAti

Sharp details, bright colours and a strong composition - a really nice study of an interesting little butterfly. I particularly like the sharpness in the face.
Thanks for sharing
Mark

Hello Bayram,

another one of your beautiful shot here.. well done on the composition and well presented to us.. tfs..

regards, terry

Ciao Bayram, beautiful TL version too, great capture of lovely skipper with fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-01-29 3:15]

Merhaba Bayram,
lovely still this skipper. The pose is excellent and it give a different perspective to the character, with long tongue to suck out the nectar.
Nicely captured.

regards,
Foozi

Selam Bayram Hoca,

I like how the proboscis was captured digging deep in the nectar. Lovely bright image and well done indeed.

Regards,
Jusni

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