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Prosotas bhutea – Bhutya Lineblue

Prosotas bhutea  – Bhutya Lineblue
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Copyright: John Wilburg (Maynayquan) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 0 N: 217] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-28
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-28 3:49
Viewed: 2445
Points: 24
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I captured this unknown butterfly this afternoon on the Baiyun Hill. It was a very small butterfly. Because I used a 70-300 zoom lens, I could not have it large enough in the pic. According to its appearance, I know it belongs to the Lycaenidae family, but don't know its exact name. I looked up some information, but could not find its identification. If you know its name, please let me know. Thanks for viewing and comments.

Thanks very much to Himanshu, Samiran, and Nagraj for telling its ID. After my careful study, I think it is Prosotas bhutea – Bhutya Lineblue. Some more information from the Wikipedia:
The Bhutya Lineblue (Prosotas bhutea)[1] is a species of blue butterfly found in Asia.

Male upperside: dull opaque purplish-brown. Fore and hind wings: slender dark anticiliary lines, otherwise uniform. Underside : ground-colour similar but very much paler. Fore wing: transverse pale-edged fascia) of a shade darker than the groundcolour as follows:—one across middle of cell from costa to median vein, another from costa over the discocellulars to lower apex of cell, a discal curved fascia from coata to vein 3, a spot below it shifted inwards ; a transverse subterminal series of broad lunules of the same shade followed by a line of spots and an anticiliary slender line. Hind wing: a subbasal band, a short band along the discocellulars and a highly irregular somewhat contorted discal band, all similar in colour to those on the fore wing; terminal markings as on the fore wing, but the lunules of the subterminal series inwardly somewhat hastate, the row of spots beyond them each inwardly conical; a prominent black subterminal spot in interspace 2, inwardly ochraceous, outwardly speckled with metallic blue scales. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dull purplish brown; beneath : thorax somewhat grizzled.

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Hello John
Very nice capture of this Tailless Lineblue (Prosotas dubiosa).
Probably this is the correct ID.
perfect sharpness.
good composition.
best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-11-28 5:34]

Beautiful species..one of the Lineblue. Good capture. tfs.

Hi John

Interesting and confusing Line Blue. As Samiran said without tail visible it could be Prosotas dubiosa. But I think it matches better with prosotas Bhutea, as I do see small indications of a tail gone missing near the lone black spot. Take your pick.


hallo John
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello John
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
光線亮麗 花朵也很漂亮 非常的搭配
構圖美麗 背景深遂謝謝分享

Hello Mr.John,
Beautiful butterfly.Well captured.Good sharpness and attractive colour.Nice to see surrounding by green.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Ciao John, elegant composition with lovely small butterfly on beautiful flower, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-11-28 11:35]

How is nice this tiny beauty! Beautiful capture whit a perfect light and fine details despite the distance,a great gift to the butterflies fans.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-11-29 1:02]

Hello John,
a beautiful butterfly in China,thanks..

Interesting butterfly John! Beautiful photo with nice colours and good sharpness.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-11-30 7:59]

Hello John,
Another fine butterfly in your collection...well presented, posed on this white flower. I like its colour and patterns a lot.
Nice to have some members who can help for the ID :-)
Kind regards

Ciao John. TFS the intersting small coloured one. Good details.


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