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Chapman's Blue, Female

Chapman's Blue, Female
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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: 2009-07-21
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/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East-II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-02 23:14
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Polyommatus thersites (=Agrodiaetus thersites) (Chapman's Blue) [in Turk. Çokgözlü Menekşe Mavisi]

As a 1st posting of 2010, a small butterfly from Gölpazarı (Bilecik province) which I photographed during my trip including Black Sea and E Anatolian regions.

TFL and Have a nice day!

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


Chapman's Blue (CB) is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of 16-30 mm.

CB is very similar to Common blue, P. icarus but usually slightly smaller and it lacks the black cell spot found on the underside forewing of icarus. The male upperside is bright blue with a violet tinge, and there is a narrow, but strong and even, black border on both wings. The underside is very similar to icarus although the key identifier is the absence of a forewing cell spot (basal) which icarus nearly always has, even if sometimes very small. It is not always easy to see this as it is near the base of the wing, especially if the forewing is tucked down and the cell spot (or lack of it) is not visible. The hindwing underside marginal orange lunules tend to be brighter and more elongated with pointed ends, and the black “dashes” inside the white marginal areas tend to be more centrally located within these white areas, compared to icarus where they are usually close the orange, if not actually touching it. The underside ground colour is pale brown in the female and greyish in the first brood males, although second brood males seem usually to have a brownish ground colour.

It is found in Morocco, S. Europe, Turkey, Middle East, Iran, Caucasus, South Urals and Tian Shan. The adult butterflies start to emerge in April and are on the wing until the end of August in two generation (bivoltine: April-June and mid June-August). In Turkey, it is reported that show three generations (trivoltine) depending on local conditions (especially in high elevations) and flies to the end of September.

The larval host-plants are various species of Onobrychis species. Eggs laid on leaves. Larvae feeds on leaf cuticules, leaving major veins intact. In drier habitats, aestivation as an ovum or undeveloped larva is possibly required pending germination of larval-host plant seeds arising from spring flowering. Eggs of the second brood are laid on dried grass stems, in total absence of Larval-host plant. Hibernates as small larva. Larvae attended by some ant species (such as Lasius, Myrmica and Tapinoma species). CB observed in warm dry, rocky, bushy places; grassy clearings in schrublabd; meadows and neglected cultivated areas from the sea level to 1500 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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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2010-01-02 23:31]

Good morning my friend Bayram!

What a wonderful Polyommatus thersites!
Colors and details are perfect!
Lovely light,POV and BG.

Merhaba Bayram, amico mio, lovely little butterfly against a beautiful blurry BG, splendid macro with wonderful colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Bayram...:)

Wonderful macro shot here...beautiful Butterfly.
Very nice DOF with beautiful bokeh BG..Nice composition and very well frame.
Well done my friend.

Happy Sunday.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-01-03 0:23]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
ne güzel bir kelebek.Güne güzel şeylerle başlamak beni çok mutlu ediyor.Çok çok teşekkürler.Tebrikler.Necla.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2010-01-03 0:37]

Hola Bay,
splendid capture,
good focus and sharpness ...
greetings and happy 2010

Selam Bayram Bey,
Göz alıcı bir kompozisyon ve arka plan. Renklerin yumuşaklığı ve derinlik hissi çok güzel
Selahattin E

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2010-01-03 1:23]

Merhaba Bayram,
And an exceptional appearance for 2010!
The best thoughts, health and fulfilling all your desires and your family.
Thank you for your time viewing my photos in 2009 and for the beautiful comments you've written.
A wonderful day,

Bello macro bien compuesto excelente luz y color , magnifico detalle y texturas , gracias por compartir
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Bom dia meu amigo Bayram,

Bela macro com a qualidade de sempre!
Luz, contraste e focus perfeitos!
Parabéns e um grande abraço,

Hello Bayram,
today it's the butterfly-day, haha,
we all had the same idea to present butterflies without knowing, Horia or you did the same - we are soulmates somehow ;-)
Your tiny one with the nice nose is so lovely ...
For years I'm asking myself why they have striped antennaes. Nobody can tell me ;-)
Thanks for your post, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wonderful capture this Chapman's Blue!
Colors and the details are fantastic!
Warm congratulation!

Namastay Bayram Üstad,

Lovely macro capture from a beautiful butterfly with perfect details! I like the immense sharpness and POV in the capture. The framing is elegant and adds great impact to the beauty of the shot. The dOF in the shot is very well managed too.
Marvelous shot!

best regards,

Merhaba, Bayram.Nice capture of this beautiful butterfly from a perfect pOV with good depth of field, colors and sharpness. The creative composition adds to the visual impact.Selamlar.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2010-01-03 8:24]

Hello Bayram.

Pretty butterfly and flower and how down,
splendid composition and realization.
Colours please me and light here.
I congratulate realization.

My best wishes.

Merhaba Hocam,
Seyir zevki yüksek bir yakın plan çekim.Renkler, ışık ve detaylar şahane Üstad,
Eline sağlık.


Bonsoir Bayram,

Quelle grâce entre le papillon et la fleur.
Poésie et couleurs tendres.
Cette image est emplie de silence!!!
C'est une capture exceptionnelle aux coloris miel.
C'est plus que parfait.
Belle semaine à vous cher ami.


Merhaba Bayram,

Excellent macro shot of this beautiful colorful butterfly.
Great POV/DOF, focus and sharpness.

Best regards,

Magnificent macro shot!
Perfect sharpness. Great colors, fantastic light and nicely blurred background.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Great note.

Happy New Year Bayram
Very beautiful colors and nature.
Yjis is a really wonderful world
Um abraço

Hi there
Looking at your pictures makes me wanna go on a holiday to Turkey again, only this time with a camera.
Great colors and compo.
Cheers mate

Hello Bayram
I love the vibrant colours on this Chapman's Blue, the orange and black colours on her wings are really stunning. Nice sharp details, excellent DOF and exposure.
Janice ; )

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