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Female Meleager’s Blue

Female Meleager’s 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: 2009-07-23
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-12 21:31
Viewed: 1720
Points: 30
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Polyommatus daphnis (=Meleageria daphnis) (Meleager’s Blue) [in Turk. Çokgözlü Dafnis]

Another pretrty butterfly which I observed firstly in both Safranbolu (Aşağıdana köyü, Karabük province) and Kelkit (Tütenli Köyü, Gümüşhane province) during my Black Sea trip. I think this beauty has undergone an unlucky event that she lost her one of the tips of antennas.

TFL and Have a nice Sunday,

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


Meleager’s Blue (MB) is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of 36-38 (mostly 15-20, at least in Turkey) mm.

The scalloped hindwings are very distinctive feature in this species. The male upperside is bright powder blue, the females is bordered with dark brown and tends to be more heavily marked on the underside. Both sexes are large.

It is found in S. Europe, Turkey, Middle East (Syria, Lebanon), Iran, Caucasus and South Urals. The adult butterflies begin to emerge in June and are on the wing until the end of Sepmtember in one generation (i.e. univoltine). However, in Turkey there are two flight period: it flies in the months of June and July in Western parts, whereas in Eastern parts are on the wing in Jully and September.

The larval host-plants is Coronilla species. Eggs laid on leaves upon which larva feed. In hot, dry situations, plants heavily shaded by rocks or bushes are usually prefered for oviposition. Hibernates as an egg or small larva: attended by some ant species (such as Lasius, Formica and Tapinoma species). MB observed in grassy or bushy places, usually on limestone/base-rich substrates from 200 m to 1700 m.

1. Baytaş, A. (2008). Türkiye’nin Kelebekleri Doğa Rehberi. NTV yayınları, Doğuş Grubu İletişim Yayıncılık ve Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, 222 s.
2. Tolman, T.(2008).Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London,. 384 pp.

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Bayram Hocam günaydın
Sıradışı bir kelebek makrosu
Netlik, renkler ve kanatlardaki desenler muhteşem
İyi günler

Merhaba Hocam,
Kelebek serinize bir inci tanesi daha eklemişsiniz.Eline sağlık.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2009-10-12 22:29]

What beautiful butterfly is this Polyommatus daphnis !!
In the north of Roumania I never see this specie.
The texture of the wings is fantastic.
Thanks for sharing, my friend.

Hello MF Bayram.
Beautiful as always! The soft pastel colors and the wing markings are wonderful. Excellent details of the entire butterfly. I love the composition.Best regards Siegfried

hi bayram
great macro shot excellent detail and colours.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-10-13 0:42]

Hi Bayram,
Another great butterfly capture in impeccable sharpness and subtle lighting!
Nice POV to admire more precisely the insect!
I like the slight movement of the wings...it gives LIFE!
Very neatly presented!
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

Merhaba Bayram bhaijaan,

Marvelous macro capture of this beautiful butterfly with great details!
A great contrast between the colors of the butterfly and the blurred BG, is shown and enhances the beauty of your work immensely.
The sharpness and POV are perfect. The DOF is well controlled.

Wonderful work, my friend!

best regards,

Ciao Bayram, splendid light macro of beautiful female, superb focus, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well donemy friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Bayram
Encore un superbe papillon, avec une excellente netteté sur les yeux. La composition est très agréable avec un bg parfait.
Bonne journée.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-10-13 5:50]

Merhaba MF Bayram,
excellent light hitting the wings giving a nice effect. The details are well seen, making this blue very pretty and pleasant.


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  • Nokin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 109 W: 0 N: 110] (1385)
  • [2009-10-13 8:23]


Sehr schöne Aufnahme gefällt mir sehr gut.***** Schärfe ,Farben und Aufbau perfekt.

Gruß Detlef

Todo un maestro en la captura fotografica de mariposas ,como esta con excelente textura ,nitidez y color
gracias por enseñarnos a conocer y amar s estas mariposas
buen trabajo
un saludo

Bonsoir Bayram,
Une ravissante capture, un papillon aux couleurs tendresse sur un fond vert bronze c'est du plus bel effet. Bravo.
Bonne fin de soirée.

Stunning macro shot!
Perfect sharpness of that butterfly.
Lovely colors and light and nicely blurred background.
Excellent composition of the photo and great presentation.

Merhabalar Bayram Hoca,
Çok gözlü dafnis in muhteşem macrosu...
Çarpıcı detaylar ve arka plan muhteşem.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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