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Saimbeyli Blue Butterfly : Hadjin Butterfly

Did you know that Armenians have always been fascinated by the diversity of Butterfly (Titernik) species in the Armenian town and Valley of Hadjin. After the Armenian genocide, the Armenians of Hadjin were massacred and dispersed, but the area remains an important element of the Armenian ethnos and plans are made to repatriate the town and educate the population about their ancestry. Many of the residents are direct descendants of Armenians who were orphaned or murdered during the Genocide and are now Hidden Armenians. 

EkoSaimbeyli describes the results of an expedition in 2016 to document the diversity of Butterfly in the area. Armenian Butterflies of Hadjin:
# Vernacular name Scientific name
  Skippers (Hesperiidae)
1 Malva skipper                               Carcharodus alceae
2 Dingy skipper Erynnis tages
3 Tesellated skipper Muschampia tessellum
4 Oberthür´s grizzled skipper Pyrgus armoricanus
5 Aegean skipper Pyrgus melotis
6 Olive skipper Pyrgus serratulae
7 Yellow-banded skipper Pyrgus sidae
8 Red-underwing skipper Spialia orbifer
9 Essex skipper Thymelicus lineolus
  Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks (Lycaenidae)
1 Brown argus Aricia agestis
2 Small blue Cupido minimus
3 Green-underside blue Glaucopsyche alexis
4 Purple-shot copper Lycaena alciphron
5 Small copper Lycaena phlaeas
6 Sooty copper Lycaena tityrus
7 Anatolian zephyr blue Plebejus modicus
8 Bavius blue Pseudophilotes bavius
9 Vicrama blue Pseudophilotes vicrama
10 Hatay’s mazarine blue Polyommatus antiochenus
11 Small turan blue Polyommatus cornelius
12 Common blue Polyommatus icarus
13 Chapman’s blue Polyommatus thersites
14 Pontic blue Polyommatus coelestinus
15 Adonis blue Polyommatus bellargus
  Kahverengiler, Alacalar (Nymphalidae)
1 Small tortoisehell  Aglais urticae
2 Cardinal  Argynnis pandora
3 Niobe fritillary Argynnis niobe
4 Small heath Coenonympha pamphilus
5 Queen of Spain fritillary Issoria lathonia
6 Wall brown Lasiommata maera
7 Turkish meadow brown Maniola telmessia
8 Freyer’s fritillary Melitaea arduinna
9 Glanville fritillary Melitaea cinxia
10 Spotted fritillary Melitaea didyma
11 Knapweed fritillary Melitaea phoebe
12 Lesser spotted fritillary Melitaea trivia fascelis
13 Speckled wood Pararge aegeria
14 Painted lady Vanessa cardui
15 Red admiral Vanessa atalanta
  Apollos, Swallowtails (Papilionidae)
1 Eastern steppe festoon Allancastria deyrollei
2 Scarce swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius
3 Smallowtail Papilio machaon
4 Clouded apollo Parnassius mnemosyne
  Whites, Yellows, Sulphures (Pieridae)
1 Orange tip Anthocharis cardamines
2 Dawn clouded yellow Colias aurorina
3 Clouded yellow Colias croceus
4 Berger’s clouded yellow Colias sareptensis
5 Wood white Leptidae sinapis
6 Large white Pieris brassicae
7 Mountain small white Pieris ergane
8 False small white Pieris pseudorapae
9 Small white Pieris rapae
10 Eastern bath white Pontia edusa

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