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Chilades galba

Chilades galba
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Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2,8 I
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-04-06 7:16
Viewed: 905
Points: 10
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Chilades (Lachides) galba, (Lederer,1855)

Common Name: The Small Desert Blue

Turkish Name: Akdeniz Mücevher Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: South-eastern Mediterranean basin, Southeastern Anatolia..

Distribution in the world: Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Middle East - Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Transcaucasia-Georgia to India.

Living Area: Often hot, dry places with little vegetetation.

Flight time: For a year take place from May to October in several generations.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Mainly acacias. Caterpillars feed on buds, flowers and fruits of this plant. But also Syrian mesquite (Prosopis farcta)

Description-Notes: Type locality : Lebanon, Beirut. Very small butterfly. Male is violet blue and has broad sooty brown borders; female is brown. Both sexes have a relatively large rounded marginal spot near hindwing anal angle.Both, sexes are gray , with dull brown marginal and postmedian markings; two conspicuous black spots along leading margin of hindwing , and a bold marginal spot ringed with metallic blue near anal angle. Females lay eggs on the buds of a mimosa performed ( Lagonychium farctum ).
So Indeed, it is very like Zizeeria karsandra - Indian Grass Blue but completely lacks the black spots on the forewing underside and has three conspicuous discal spots, and two marginal ones, on the underside hindwings. Resembles Chilades trochylus - Jewel blue but is slightly larger.

Wingspan: 20-22 mm long.

The origin of the name: In Roman mythology, Galba - the king of the Savior of the time of Caesar.

Endangerment factors : Chilades galba is not endangered.

Similar Species:
• Jewel Blue – Chilades trochylus (Freyer, 1845)
• Indian Grass Blue – Zizeeria karsandra (Moore, 1865)
• African grass blue – Zizeeria knysna (Trimen, 1862)
• African Line Blue – Pseudonacaduba sichela (Wallengren, 1857)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.62 pp.
2. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey :>> http://www.adamerkelebek.org/GozlemFoto.asp?Durum=7&FamilyaId=7&CinsId=119&TurID=105
3. Lepidoptera Caucasi:>> http://www.babochki-kavkaza.ru/index.php/lycaenidae-/366-lachides-galba.html
4. Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey :>> http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Akdeniz%20M%C3%BCcevher%20Kelebe%C4%9Fi


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-04-06 7:23]

Hi Seyfi,magnificent memory of the last summer,a very excellent macro of this very small lycaeneide,i seen the sister in Mauritius island so i know how is little. Very bright colors and excellent details,well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Seyfi, grteat macro of fantastic butterfly, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend have a good weekend, ciao Silvio

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2018-04-06 8:43]

Big gun shoots big things, no doubt it's a big shot of this small insect, excellent.

Merhaba Seyfi bey,
Exceptional and very spectacular exposure, proper flashlight helped you to achieve the best contrast. Composition and the technical details (shallow depth, sharpness, details, color saturation) are excellent each. Gorgeous photo! Congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Hi Seyfi,

The subject is well framed. the point of view is showing the details of the Chilades galba butterfly. The light is giving nice tints to the colours. Have a nice day.


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