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Zizina otis

Zizina otis
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Indonesia + Brunei [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-22 8:15
Viewed: 4261
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This series of postings is intended to increase the knowledge on insects of Sulawesi. Except for butterflies, little is known on most other insect groups of this huge island.
Large parts are only poorly explored also with respect to butterflies, such as the south-eastern Peninsula, Sulawesi-Tenggara.

The butterfly shown here is
- Zizina otis
- family: Lycaenidae

English: Lesser Grass Blue

Species information
- Distribution: China, Japan, Malay Peninsula, Indonesia: Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Borneo, Sulawesi, Maluku.
It is a rather small species with a wingspan of about 17 mm.

Porabua - a small village in the vast mountaineous and rain forest covered region north of the line Kolaka - Kendari (Indonesia, Southeast-Sulawesi).

- bright natural light
- no wind
- handheld
Not easy to find the specimens in the dense vegetation and to take a picture there.

* Vane-Wright RI, de Jong R (2003) The butterflies of Sulawesi: an annotated checklist for a critical island fauna. - National Museum of Natural History. Leiden.
* Knight WJ, Holloway JD (Editors) (1990) Insects and the rain forests of South East Asia (Wallacea). - The Royal Entomological Society of London.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-22 8:35]

Hi Peter,
Very nice macro of a pair of mating "Zizina otis"
Nice view and very good details and colours.

Ciao Peter, beautiful maiting couple of tiny butterflies, fine details and splendid sharpness, great macro, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Pete,

Very colourful butterflies. Nice details and composition.

Happy Earth Day !


hallo Peter
this is GREAT
so good compo with good sharpness
and beautiful colours
greeting lou

amazing and detailed coupling of this species Indonesian of Lycaenidae,Peter!
perfect sharpness and fine macro

greetings sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-22 14:45]

Hi Peter,you was very very lucky to found that in your holidays!And what a top quality pic! No need comments about the quality,your signature is a guarancy! Thanks a lot for this very interesting gallery from Sulawesi,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-23 4:49]

Lieber Peter,
Wirklich spannend auf noch so unerforschtem Gebiet zu arbeiten. Vielleicht hast Du ja noch ganz unbekannte Spezies fotografiert!
Dieses Bild, auf Augenhöhe aufgenommen, hast Du hervorragend fotografiert. Gut sieht man die Unterschiede in Färbung von Männchen und Weibchen. Auch hat dieser Schmetterling einen charmanten Namen. Feines, subtiles Bild.
Hab herzlichen Dank

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of these tiny grass blues mating. Yes you are right they are not easy to get spotted. Very good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Peter. Perfetto doppio colpo in eccellente DOF.


  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-04-23 10:27]

Peter, great to see a macro after a long time. For some reason, I had not shot macros for over 6 months now. My Sigma 180 is gathering dust. Your picture is re-kindling my desire to do macros.

Hi Peter
Beautiful. Perfect photo. Great POV, perfect sharpness, great blured background, beautiful colors Nothing to critique ;-)

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