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Spotted Grass-blue

Spotted Grass-blue
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Butterflies of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-05 4:50
Viewed: 3353
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Spotted Grass-blue (Zizeeria karsandra) inhabits open grasslands of eastern Australia from Cape York south to southern highlands of New South Wales.
They have a wingspan of 20mm and fly from November to December. They keep low to the ground and are often found near their larval food plant which are yellow flowering herbs Tribulus sp and Glinus sp.
There are probably several generations a year though they are most numerous in Autumn and after rains when their food plant flowers.
I found this one in open grassland on granite near the Tarlo River on the southern highlands. The males have more blue on the wings but I could only get a decent shot of the female, hope you like her.

uleko, Argus, MMM, Ken52, Pentaxfriend, jeanpaul, Christopher_PL, anel has marked this note useful
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-05 6:13]

Hello Chris,
Beautiful composition showing this lovely female blue butterfly. Very sharp details and fine colours. Looks good on the lichen-clad rock. Great composition!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-05 6:17]

Hello Chris,
What a coincidence that we both posted shots of blues, not only that but they seem to have a similar wing structure and this female that you show so well is very similar to the blue female form of Amanda's Blue. I like the composition with the lichen-covered stone and the POV is excellent.
TFS and all the best.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-07-05 8:32]

Hi Chris
Very nice capture.Your image is very sharp with lovely colors.Excellent POV and DOF.
TFS Michel

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-05 21:55]

WOW. you got the light just right to produce nice natural color and detail. Great POV.

Hi Chris,

Excellent shot
Beautiful compo with superb sharpness and details
lovely colours and pose
great POV

TFS Thijs

Hi Chris
Belle presentation ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition
J'apprecie l'environnement dela prise de vue
Au revoir et merci....JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-07 14:34]

Hello Chris

This week has been hectic,so I am just marking this photo for now and will visit it again soon.


Hello Chris
Very nice picture of this small Lycaenidae. I'm just wondering if it's the same species like European Zizeeria karsandra? In Europe it's endemic species that you can see only on Cyprus...
Anyway: it's great picture, thanks


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-23 1:12]

Hello Chris,
This is a beauty. Excellent sharpness on the butterfly, good pose and nice lichen covered stone which fits well to the colours of the Blue.
Beat regards

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