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Pale Grass Blue Wings opened

Pale Grass Blue Wings opened
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/24 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Asia, Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-29 7:06
Viewed: 2732
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pale Grass Blue (Pseudozizeeria maha) is a small butterfly found in Asia that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.

* Kingdom: Animalia
* Phylum: Arthropoda
* Class: Insecta
* Order: Lepidoptera
* Family: Lycaenidae
* Genus: Zizina
* Species: labradus (common grass blue)

The pale grass blue butterfly can be found in large numbers in almost any open environment, from the coast to high mountain habitats. It is common in suburban gardens and can even survive the most inhospitable industrial areas. This small butterfly is easily distinguished by its bluish wings with their brown margins. It has a wing span of up to 30 millimetres and can be found flying in almost all months of the year.

The caterpillars of the pale grass blue butterfly are harder to find as they shelter during the day at the base of their favoured food plant, which may include legumes such as peas, beans or clover. They are small, only around 15 millimetres long and with their green colouring blend in well with the plants they feed on. They have a light brown head and a body covered with fine hairs, with a dark green line running along their back. The pinkish-brown pupae of the common grass blue butterfly can also be found attached to their food plants.

Male. Upperside silvery light blue with a satiny sheen in certain lights. Forewing: the apical half of the costa narrowly and the terminal margin for varying widths fuscous black, bounded outwardly on the latter by an obscure anticiliary black line. Hindwing: the costa broadly, the termen somewhat more narrowly fuscous black as in the fore wing, with the width of this dark edging similarly variable ; in addition there is a very diffuse and ill-defined subterminal series of spots darker than the fuscous margin.

Underside: brownish grey. Fore wing: a spot in cell, a transverse lunule on the discocellulars, and a transverse anteriorly inwardly curved series of eight discal spots, black; the transverse lunule and each spot encircled with a narrow white edging ; the posterior two spots of the discal series geminate. Beyond these are a postdiseal and a subterminal series of short transverse dusky black spots followed by an anticiliary black line; the ground-colour between the discal and postdiscal series and between the latter and the subterminal series of spots posteriorly paler than on the rest of the wing. Hind wing: a transverse, subbasal, slightly sinuate line of four spots, a short, slender, lunular line on the discocellulars, and a very strongly curved discal series of eight small spots, black; the lunule and each spot encircled with a narrow edging of white; the posterior two spots of the discal series geminate as on the fore wing; beyond these as on the fore wing there is a double line of dusky spots, only more lunular, with between them and between the discal and postdiscal series the ground-colour in the same way followed by slightly paler; an anticiliary fine black line. Cilia of both fore and hind wings whitey brown, darker anteriorly on the fore wing. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, shafts of the antennae ringed with white; in fresh specimens the thorax and abdomen with a little light blue pubescence; beneath: palpi, thorax and abdomen white.

Female Upperside: brownish black; the basal halves of the wings slightly suffused with light blue, anticiliary black lines on both fore and hind wings, and on the latter wing an obscure subterminal series of spots as in the male. Underside, similar,only the ground-colour darker, the markings larger and more clearly defined. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male, but with no blue pubescence on the thorax and abdomen on the upperside.

Food plants

The eggs are laid on the host plants and the larvae hatch to feed on them. The plants include members of the Oxalidaceae including Oxalis corniculata, some Leguminosae and Acanthaceae.

Other studies

A study in Japan used this species to detect the side-effects of transgenic Bt corn, particularly by way of pollen falling onto leaves of the Oxalis host plants. No significant effect was found in that study.

Source : Wikipedia & www.ento.csiro.au

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hi haraprasan,
nice capture of this small butterfly with open wings, well composed shot, nice pov, the only nit is that peat of wing look soft,
tfs & regards

Hi Haraprasan,
it's a nice close-up of a blue one.
I think you had a bit to long shutter speed (camera shakings)
since the picture is bit OOF.
Well composed with nice POV and colours.
Well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-29 7:38]

Hi Haraprasan,

What a pretty butterfly this one is! Lovely pov and nice soft colors. Looks great against the green background.


Hola Haraprasan,
Bonita composición, con buenos detalles, color y luz agradables, Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Nice butterfly good pov just think the exposure was too long overexposed highlights and it shows in the slow shutter and slight camera shake. It's beauty though tfs rgds Necip.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-07-29 7:55]

Hello Haraprasan,

A nice capture of this small butterfly with open wings, maybe not completely sharpness, but
well composed with nice POV and colours.

Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-29 10:18]

Hello Haraprasan,
As most of the shots one sees of the Pale Grass Blue are with the wings closed, it must be relatively uncommon to take a shot of it with the wings open. The wings are probably half open to receive more warmth as I note that the light was poor and therefore it might have been cool.
The shallow DOF was used in the best way with sharpness where necessary and the OOF natural BG helps to set it off in this pleasing composition.
Thanks for allowing us to see the upper surfaces of the wings of this pretty little blue butterfly.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-29 13:09]

Hi Haraprasan. What a unusal butterfly one i have not seen so thanks for loading. good colours and POV. nice markings which you have captured well. just a little soft on focus. well done TFs. great notes.

Friend Haraprasan,
good clarity on show the wonderful colour of the butterfly with good pov!
very well composed and well seen indeed!

Nice composition....a little soft but a great shot. It gets my two points! :) :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-07-30 6:16]

Hi Friend, I am not sure whether the wings are such bright or slightly bright because of flash. One more the cropping is tight in the bottom and left side (my personal opinion) but I am sure you might have had something in yr mind while doing this. TFS Ganesh

Hi Haraprasan, splendid butterfly, new for me, with wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-03 19:43]

Hello Haraprasan

A very nice open wing capture of this small butterfly.You have managed very good focus and sharpness.The colours are natural.We have a similar butterfly here and it is difficult to capture with it's wings open.Well done.TFS


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