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Ilex Hairstreak

Ilex Hairstreak
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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: 2010-06-21
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/20.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-19 15:06
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Satyrium ilicis (Ilex Hairstreak) [in Turk. Büyük Sevbeni]

A beautiful buttefly from Alanya (Antalya)

TFL and Have a nice week!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


Ilex Hairstreak (IH) is a relatively medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of 32-36 mm. IH is one a few quite similar species in Turkey. You may also see the Satyrium myrtale in E Anatolia, Satyrium spini in most parts of Turkey (Except Aegean Region), Satyrium ledereri in most parts of Turkey (Except Turkish Thrace and W Anatolia) and Satyrium hyrcanium having a narrow distribution area in NE Anatolia (Bayburt, Artvin, Kars and Iğdır). However, the IH is different from the others by lack of sex-brand on upperside of forewings in males and the presence of the orange lunules on the hindwing underside bordered black on the outside.

It is found in Europe, S Fennoscandia, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, W & S Urals, and NW Asia. The adult butterflies fly in one generation (i.e. univoltine) from late May to early August according to altitude. The larval host-plants are Quercus(oaks) and Ulmus (elms) species. Eggs laid near dormant leaf-buds. Hibernates as an egg. Caterpillars attended by some ants belonging to the genera of Camponotus(carpenter ants) and Crematogaster (acrobat ants). It is observed in hot, dry oak scrubs; damp/dry heaths and forest clearings up to around 1600. The adult butterflies generally prefer the flowers of Thymus (thymes) and Sambucus (elderberries).

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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Great macro shot .Beautiful colors and details, my favorite .
Regards Zoran

Bonsoir mon ami Bayram,

Ce butterfly est une merveille.
Fines pattes, de sublimes ailes soyeuses, un look exceptionel.
Magnifiques couleurs beige et bleue avec un graphisme étonnant.
Félicitations pour cette présentation magistrale.
Agréable semaine et douce nuit.

Excellent macro.
Nice colors and sharpness.
Great nose! :-)

Olá Bayram,
Awesome capture, perfect sharpness, nice colors, very good off center placement and nice blurred BG and shallow DOF.
Best wishes,

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-09-19 22:52]

Merhaba my friend...
Beautiful macro shot with so nice light...
Beautiful composition...
My favorites...

Merhaba Üstad,,
Muhteşem bir kelebek makrosu..Işık,odaklanma, netlik ve detaylar süper.Eline sağlık.


Selam Bayram Bey,
Yine seçkin ve şiirsel bir doğa belgesi. Netlik, pozisyon ve arka plan harika olmuş. Ellerine sağlık
Selahattin E

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-09-20 4:16]

Hi Bayram,
A very sharp macro of this splendid golden cast butterfly.
Very fine details adorned with superb diffused lighting.
Good composition and an elegant frame to complement!
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2010-09-20 13:31]

Olá Bayram
I can look and appreciated it...Your sharpness is always too good for me. ( special reptils).
Fine sharpness, good colors, good focus...a beaty indeed.
Um abraço

Bonjour Bayram
Superbe macro avec d'excellents détails.Bon rendu des couleurs et de la texture.Beau BG flou aux couleurs fondues.Bravo et TFS.Amicalement.Catherine

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-09-24 2:52]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
bu olağanüstü güzelliği sevmemek mümkün mü?Keşke elimize alıp onun o yumuşacık dokusunu hissedebilseydik ama onu uzaktan sevmek en güzeli galiba.Tebrik ve teşekkürler.Necla.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-10-21 13:24]

Hi Bayram!
Another great macro of butterfly. Very good sharpness with fine details. A great, splendid harmony of colours.
Excellent blurred BG.
Very well composed.
Ciao! Vanda

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