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Dark Grass Blue

Dark Grass Blue
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Copyright: kv vral (vral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-05 4:16
Viewed: 3985
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,

Today presenting a Dark Grass Blue (Zizeera karsandra). It is a small butterfly found in Asia that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family. This is a very small blue with a wingspan of 15-20 mm.

Similar species
Lesser Grass Blue, Tiny Grass Blue and Grass Jewel

In both sexes, the underside ground colour is a light brown, with some variation in wet and dry season forms. There are numerous small black markings on both wings - the ones on the forewings are always larger and often darker as well. A spot is always present in the cell on the underside of the forewing. The median band of spots on the hind wing are uniformly arranged in an arc.

The males are a uniform dark blue above and narrowly marked by black bands on the outer margins of both wings. The upper sides of the female are brown though some specimens have some blue at the base of both wings. The wings are somewhat transparent and allow markings of the lower side to show through when viewed from above.

Its habitat is short grass with small leguminous and acathaceous plants.

A common butterfly found year round to at least up to 5000 feet. It is not as common as the Lesser Grass Blue or the Tiny Grass Blue.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-05 5:49]

Very sharp image with good details and natural colors.

  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-02-05 6:13]

Hi Kv,
Very good image, I know how tiny this one is and its difficult even to spot this cute one. You got here from difficult viewpoint and I appreciate your effort. Fantastic colors overall and good notes, recently I captured one on a small flowering plant. tfs.

Hi KV,
A nice capture of this beautiful Dark Grass Blue. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-02-05 9:52]

jaki słodki malutki Modraszek...W moim kraju nie występują takie, dlatego z przyjemnością patrzę na tego, którego przedstawiasz. Motyl ma ciekawą kolorystykę - ochrową. Podoba mi się też jak skomponowałeś to zdjęcie - prostota jest najlepsza!
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam

hello kv,
fine capture of this small blue butterfly, i liked the pov very much, precise dof and good focus, loked the composition too,
well done,
tfs & regards

  • Great 
  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-06 6:47]

Vral, Good shot and lovely colors. Wonderful sharp picture. Well done Ganesh

Hi Vral,

Very good point of view, I appreciate the efforts taken bring out the beauty of this butterfly.TFS

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