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Lang’s Short-tailed Blue

Lang’s Short-tailed Blue
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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: 2008-10-22
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-11 0:59
Viewed: 2330
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Leptotes pirithous (Lang’s Short-tailed Blue) [in Turk. Mavi Zebra]

A small butterfly with a wingspan of 22-28 mm. The upperside ground colour of the male is mauve with a dark brown line along the outer margin. The hindwing has two faint black spots at the base of a short black tail. The underside ground colour is light brown. Light-coloured wavy lines form a characteristic pattern that is similar to that of Lampides boeticus, but without the wide white band. On the hindwing, at the base of the tail there are two black ocelli, which are enhanced by metallic blue highlights and an orange surround. The upperside ground colour in the female is brown with sky-blue highlights and two dark spots at the anal angle of the hindwing. The underside is similar to that of the male.

Its range includes all the Mediterranean countries, the Arabian Peninsula and central Asia. The adult butterflies are on the wing from March until December in overlapping broods. In Cyprus it has been observed ovipositing on Medicago sativa (Lucerne) and on Alhagi graecorum of the Leguminosae family, as well as on the introduced ornamental plant Plumbago auriculata of the Plumbaginaceae family.

It was recorded in maquis, garigue, phrygana, forests, agricultural land and gardens from sea level to 1100 m. I observed this species with a high frequency in lowlands of Kyrenia district (the area between Lapithos and Tatlisu).


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.
3. Tolman, T.(2008).Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London,. 384 pp.




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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2008-12-11 1:07]

Hi Bayram
Beautiful butterfly, nice colors and excellent DOF, very sharp and good composition.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-12-11 1:09]

Morning Bay,
nice macro, color and focus...
nice angle shot and pov.


good macro shot...i like it, sharp and nice detail...thanks for sharing.....


Hocam merhaba
Kelebekte çiçekte ikisi de birbirinden güzel
Muhteşem bir makro
Elinize sağlık

Bonjour Bayram
beautiful and sharp shot of this butterfly among great colours
Strange "oceli" like two eyes looking at you

hello Bayram
this is a fine macro shot, with lots of sharpness and vivid colours.
i like the striking colours of this.
good work

MAnuj MEhta

Hi Bayran,
Beautiful nature photo,very sharp,nice BG.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-12-11 5:47]

merhaba Bayram bey...
harika bir macro, ne güzel bir çalışma, eline,emeğine sağlık...selamlar

Hi Bayram, superb composition with lovely butterfly and splendid flower, fantastic colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Welcome Bayram,
Cyprus it is rich country. Wonderful nature. Wonderful butterfly and flower on photography. Very good composition and colouring.
Regards - Slawek

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-12-11 11:25]

Merhaba Bayram! :)
Perfect clarity and composition.
Beautiful pinkish flower and butterfly!
It congratulates execution.

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Tek kelime ile muhteşem bir makro çalışma.Renk armonisi ve detaylar harika.Elinize sağlık.

Hello Bayram,
Lovely capture of this pretty butterfly sharply in focus. Nice light, sharp details and fine colours. The composition is very beautiful.
TFS and regards

Merhaba Bayram,

Excellent shot, wonderful colors and light!
Congratulations and TFS
Um grande abraço,

Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Şeker pembesi renginde katır tırnağı çiçeği ile
mavi zebranın muhteşem uyumu...Eline sağlık.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

wow this time the shot is lovely, Bayram.. i mean the colours are bright and sharp.. my kind of liking.. we have so many of this type here.. wonderful shot and presented.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2008-12-12 7:27]

Hi Bayram,
a very nice shot of the butterfly resting on the flower. Excellent sharpness and beautiful composition. The red flower is very attactive and add extra beauty to the photo.
Well composed and very pleasant.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-12-12 9:59]

Bu da harik a hocam tam da nektar yalarken yakalamışsınız. kompozsiyon harika.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-12-13 19:49]

Hi Bayram, Good action photo of this feeding butterfly. The intense colour of the flower and the DOF effect is very good to see. Creative take. TFS. Murray.

spectacular sharpness beautiful subject
ciao happy week

Hey Bayram
Great composition!! Good colors and sharpness.
Happy Holidays

Olá Bayram!

Your photo is really incredible!
Sharpness, colors and details are great, Bayram!
This is a wonderful job, congratulations!

best regards and a happy new year!


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-03-29 4:03]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
bu fotğrafınız gözümden kaçmış.Makas çiçeği ve Zebra müthiş bir ikili oluşturmuş.Çekim her zamanki gibi .Ellerinize sağlık.Necla.

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  • soe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 0 N: 108] (2473)
  • [2009-05-28 6:50]

Salam Beyram
Great shot of insect with wonderful detail, sharp and color.Nice DOF and composition.
Tin Soe

Hola Bayram
Bellisima imagen de esta mariposa y la flor que parecen formar un solo elemento , fantastico colorido y nitidez , una gran composicion muy natural , gracias por compartir

buen fin de semana
un saludo

Bonsoir Bayram,

Belle luminosité dans cette composition plein cadre.
Fascinante rencontre entre ce butterfly et la ravissante fleur rose.
Harmonie parfaite des couleurs saturées.
Félicitations pour cette capture.
Bonne nuit à vous mon ami.

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