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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: 2009-07-22
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 200, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East-II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-14 15:06
Viewed: 2681
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
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Pararge aegeria (Speckled Wood) [in Turk. Karanlık Orman Esmeri]

I observed this butterfly firstly during our Mediterranean trip in Kırıkhan (Hatay Province), then i also observed and captured this common but local beauty both in Yedigöller (Bolu Province) and Salıpazarı (Samsun province). Today, this my 200th posting on TL and therefore I would like to dedicate this milestone shot to all of my TL friends! Hope you can like this!

TFL and Have a nice day!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, Ege University, Faculty of Science. All Rights Reserved.


Speckled Wood (SW) is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of 35-45 mm. The upperside ground colour of the male is brown. On the forewing there are extensive orange-yellow markings that form a characteristic pattern. There is also an ocellus at the apex and a brown line of androconia along the length of the cell. On the hindwing there is an orange postdiscal band that contains three ocelli. The underside ground colour is grey-yellow. On the forewing there is a yellow and orange pattern with an apical ocellus. On the hindwing there are white spots with a brown surround in the postdiscal area and mauve-brown highlights along the outer margin. The female is very similar to the male. The androconia are absent from the cell on the forewing upperside and the ground colour has a stronger yellow hue.

The range of Speckled Wood (SW) includes almost all of Europe and northwest Africa, extending through Turkey and the Middle East –including Cyprus Island- to the Caucasus and Ural mountains. The adult butterflies start to emerge as early as February (sometimes January) and ore on the wing until November in at least three broods. Overwinters as a pupa. The larval host-plants are species of the Poaceae family. It prefers perennial grasses that thrive in damp localities, such as Brachypodium pinnatum (Chalk False-brome).

SW is a common but local butterfly, with a distribution mainly in the semi-mountainous and mountain areas. Recorded in forests, maquis, agricultural land and river valleys, from sea level to 1750 m. Frequents shady locations, mainly close to springs or running water. The adult butterflies feed from the flowers of Rubus sanctus (Blackberry). The males rest with their wings open in small patches of sunlight that filter through the dense foliage. The males are territorial and chase other male intruders away from their area while they wait for a passing female with which to mate.

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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Great @ 200 photos . Very nice focus and composition.
Beautiful colors .Congratulation !
Regards Zoran

Hello Bayram!
Incredible detail on the butterfly, perfect focus, great colours!
Excellent work, again!
Best regards!

Wonderful texture, details and focus, Bayram.
Very nice shot as usual, my friend.
Congratulations and TFS!


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  • akg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 0 N: 171] (2264)
  • [2009-10-14 20:06]

Hello Bayram,
once again a great composition of a beautiful butterfly! I am learning a lot on the butterflies from your notes. Excellent sharpness and the texture can be finely investigated.
TFS, abhijit.

Günaydın Bayram Hocam,
Pozun asaletine bakar mısınız, Harika bir dokusu var kelebeğin. Teşekkürler ...
Selahattin E

Olá Bayram,
Greentings for the 200th well succeeded shot.
All good!
One more nice butterfly. Very special composition.

Merhaba Hocam,
299. karenizi yürekten tebrik eder, her biri ders niteliğinde ve ansiklopedik özelliklerdeki karelerinizi izlemek büyük zevk.Elinize, yüreğinize sağlık.


Bayram hocam merhaba
Harika bir kelebek makrosu
Ne kadar çok kelebek türü varmış ülkemizde çok etkilendim
Not süper

hello MF Bayram
in order to you have so much good subjects rather you need the space of TL,very beautiful macro photo,POV composition and background,with exceptional colours and sharp details!

Hello MF Bayram.
Congratulations on your 200th posting. A lovely shot - great POV with fantastic light and detail.
Best regards Siegfried

Ciao amico Bayram, congratulations for your 200th post on TL and thanks for this lovely dedication, beautiful butterfly with fantastic details, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, splendid light and great contrast against dark BG, superb macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Bayram,
A fine addition to your impressive gallery. The rings on the butterfly wings are readily visible, the image b/g is noise free, and the subject is well framed. My best regards.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-10-15 4:51]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
birbirinden güzel öğretici tam 200 fotoğrafa ulaştınız demek.Tebrik ediyorum.Gene çok güzel bir yakın çekim.Ellerinize sağlık.

Impresionante mariposa tan bien captada con un detalle y textura que la hacen parecer real
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Bonjour Bayram
Just posing for you and shot in the ideal manner to give a perfect wonderful picture
Compliments my friend

Merhaba Bayram,

Excellent macro shot.
Beautiful composition, great focus, DOF, clarity, sharp details and very natural colors.

I like the butterflie's hair - style :)

Best regards,

Merhaba Bayram Hoca,
Yedi Göller'den bir güzellik..
Işık ve gölgenin olağanüstü kullanımı...
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hello Bayram,
Joliment posé sur la feuille, ce papillon semble plié,
comme un billet doux que tu nous offre pour le 200ème post.
Merci pour cette superbe image agréable à lire.
Amical bonsoir.

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  • kanton Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 5 N: 1570] (6756)
  • [2009-10-15 13:53]

Giasou file Bayram!
Congratulations on your 200th posting!!
What a wonderful butterfly's portrait!
perfect focus,lighting,clarity and fine
warm colours!
Tfs Selamlar

Congratulations on contributing your 200th post to TL! You achieved a great target in this short time, I must quote here, my friend, Bayram!

Similar to your other great shots, this shot is no exception! I like the great contrast between the butterfly and the blurry BG. The sharpness and POV are perfect.

Very well done!

best regards,

PS: Sorry, Bayram! I'm finished with my daily point limit. Hope you won't mind.

Salam Bayram

Excellent sharp details in this amazing macro
Great focus, beautiful bokeh of back and very good POV
Congratulation for 200 uploads, bravo

Best wishes, Alireza

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-10-17 2:30]

Hi Bayram

A superb profiled view of the butterfly, with good sharpness & a superb shallow dof. Excellent colour, saturation & framing. Tfs!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-10-19 9:06]

Merhaba Bayram,

Exceptional picture with some beautiful colors and interesting details.
More and warm congratulations for the 200 posts.
Hope to see you and 1,000 posts. A picture more beautiful than another. Good luck.
Have a nice day,

Hello bayram
A beautiful butterfly
good job


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-10-21 6:58]

Hi Bayram
The texture of the butterfly wings is outstanding showing such details.
Great find and the blurred background really makes the insect stand out beaufifully.

Hi Bayram....great shot...wonderful details and tones...nice work.


Stunning macro shot!
Perfect sharpness of that butterfly.
Nicely blurred background.
Excellent composition of the photo and great presentation.
An interesting note - as usual.

Hi Bayram: That green leaf and the perch of this brown butterfly is in good contrast. The perch and razor thin focus are top class. Well done and TFS. Jusni

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-10-28 9:05]


Fantastic macro...superb details.


Bu gerçekten mükemmel.Netlik,ışık,pürüzsüz arka plan gerçekten göz alıcı.Emeklerine sağlık.


Hi again Bayram my friend,

Another excellent composition with perfect timing and great colors and light!
Congratulations and TFS

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