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Chilades trochylus

Chilades trochylus
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-26 9:06
Viewed: 3923
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I present the tiniest butterfly found in India. Hope you will like. Thankyou for viewing.

The Grass Jewel (Chilades trochylus) is a small butterfly found in Africa, southern Europe, India and southern Asia that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.

Male upperside: brown, somewhat variable in tint. Specimens from dry localities are much, paler than those taken in areas with a comparatively heavy rainfall.

Forewing : uniform, with a very ill-defined anticiliary dark line in some specimens. Hind wing: a subterminal series of round black spots crowned with pale ochraceous, the posterior four spots generally well defined and outwardly edged with white, the anterior spots obsolescent and without the interior edging of yellow or the outer edging of white; a well-marked, slender anticiliary black line. Cilia white, basal halves brown.

Underside: pale silky brown. Forewing: with the following white markings:—a short line on the inner and outer sides of the discocellulars ; a transverse, slightly curved, discal series of small, more or less incomplete rings; a transverse postdiscal series of disconnected slender lunules; a subterminal series of similar but more regular lunules and a terminal broken line, followed by a dark unbroken anticiliary line; the groundcolour between the two short discocellar lines, that enclosed within each ring of the discal markings, and between the sub-terminal lunules and the terminal line slightly darker than on the rest of the wing. Hind m ing: two short white lines on the discocellulars ; the discal, poatdiscal and terminal markings as on the fore wing, except that enclosed between the subterminal series of white lunules and the terminal white line is a complete series of dark spots, the posterior three or four jet-black sprinkled outwardly with metallic-green scales and encircled with pale ochraceous. In addition there are a transverse subbasal series of four white-encircled black spots and a similar subcostal spot in middle of interspace 7. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen brown, the shaft of the antennce speckled with white; beneath: palpi, thorax and abdomen white.

Female upperside and undersides : ground-colour and markings as in the male, but the latter larger and more clearly defined; on the hind wing the yellow crowning the black spots on the tornal area on the upperside and surrounding the same on the underside, wider and more prominent. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male.

Source: Wikipedia

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My dear friend Haraprasan,
Thank you for showing this tiny beauty on TrekNature together with all the interesting information included in your Notes.

Your perfect focus offers many details - amazing how the animal remained on your finger...

Very nice natural colours, thank you Haraprasan.

I wish you a good week

Warm Greetings

hello Haraprasan
this is a beauty
great details and good sharpness
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

Namastay my dearest friend Hara,

An excellent macro of this one of the smallest b-fly of the world.
Very sharp, and the plain blue sky BG compliments the beauty nicely.
TFS and have a nice night/new week!


hello Mr.nayak
this is very good and beautiful macro shot
please tell me how you got that one on your finger coz butterflies are very shy .

Hello Haraprasan,
Great composition with nice details and colours. Excellent capture.
Useful note. Congratulation!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-26 11:00]

Your finger is the best way to understand the dimensions of this little butterfly..and what a impressive macro whit the best quality of sharpness and colors.Excellent white balance too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-26 11:29]

Hello Haraprasan
Nice composition.Good pov and razor sharp image with great details.Colors are beautiful so is the OOF BG.Best regards Siggi

Hello Haraprasan,
Thanks to let us know these beautiful lycaenide with an excellent close-up. Perfect sharpness on a blue background really nice.

Ciao Haraprasan. So small but perfectly detailed and sharpened. Good contrast against the soft blue BG.


Hello Haraprasan,
Fantastic capture of this tiny and cooperative beauty. The sharpness is amazing! Beautiful colors too. Kind regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-09-26 14:22]

Hello Haraprasan,
Well that sure is tiny, Beautiful butterfly though. Your image is well focus and exposed with great results. Great notes as well, thank you so much.

Hi Haraprasan.
Wonderful capture of this little beauty from great POV!
TFS and kind regards!

How in the world do you do this trick. It is an amazing image HP. Simply beautiful.

A stunning shot of this Lycaenid, HP!
I love the sharpness you've achieved!
Very well done!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-26 22:11]

Splendid photo, congratulations, TFS!

Hi, my old friend,
I was away from the TN for quite a long time and now trying to catch up.
That was a very fine capture indeed Haraprasan, that tiny beauty looks as if it is smaller than a mosquito! A finely executed macro study indeed.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-27 3:59]

Namastay Haraprasan,
Your finger tip serves to show what a tiny species of Blue this Grass Jewel is! Here it is seeking salts.
The sharpness and colours are top class and the composition against a clear sky is ideal.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-27 4:24]

Hello Haraprasan,
Very cute little Lycaenid not so often shown on this site. I'm not so fond of human fingers on pictures, this one is just appearing like a little moon..and gives us the scale of this tiny butterfly. Excellent sharpness and interesting attitude of the Grass Jewel. Nice fine blue background
Thanks and kind regards

Ciao Haraprasan, lovely little butterfly on a finger, great mini-beauty, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hola Haraprasan

Que suerte tienes que estas mariposas se acerquen tanto, fantastica imagen, y una perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Haraprasan, beautiful close up with excellent sharpnes and composition.
TFS and regards,

Increible Haraprasan, una captura de gran dificultad y muy bien
resuelta. Original a la vez que bella. Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-29 1:27]

Hello Haraprasan,
very well captured small butterfly here. The colours and clarity is so well presented.
excellent work in capturing this image.
Very patient and careful work.


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