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Japanese Grass Blue

Japanese Grass Blue
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 60mm F/2.8 macro, 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/45 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-06 2:17
Viewed: 3884
Points: 8
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Zizeeria maha argia, Mentries, Pale Grass Blue

This picture from last year in Japan is helpful in showing both upper and under sides of the mainland Japanese subspecies of the Pale Grass Blue. The blue butterfly on the left is clearly male, while the one on the right is female. The apex of her fore wing is less pointed than that of the male and her abdomen is more full.

Z. maha has a wide range in the Oriental Region, from India through China to Japan. The habitat for these Japanese insects is the grassy margins of mixed broad-leaf woodland in the hilly regions that abound in this fascinating country.

The picture has been cropped, resized and sharpened.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-06 5:06]

Hello Alan,
Again a rarely seen Lycaenidae from you. Excellent to have in one picture upper and underside of the species. The composition is also pleasant. May be a little lack of sharpness on the rightside butterfly, but good enough to see all its spots on the wings and the zebra-antennae.
Thanks a lot
Best regards

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-10-06 6:19]

Hello Alan,
Very nice macro shot of these two beautifull butterflies. So lucky for you that they were together.
Like it

Hola Alan:

Hermosa imagen, con una composición muy simétrica y útil.

Gracias por compartir.


Alan, beautiful shot you made here. Nice detail. Have a great weekend. Bill

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