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Dark Grass Blue

Dark Grass Blue
Photo Information
Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterflies of India, Lycaenidae Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-07 5:23
Viewed: 3576
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a very small blue with a wingspan of 15-20 mm. The males are a uniform dark blue above and narrowly marked by black bands on the outer margins of both wings. The upper sides of the female are brown though some specimens have some blue at the base of both wings. The wings are somewhat transparent and allow markings of the lower side to show through when viewed from above.

In both sexes, the underside ground colour is a light brown, with some variation in wet and dry season forms. There are numerous small black markings on both wings - the ones on the forewings are always larger and often darker as well. A spot is always present in the cell on the underside of the forewing. The median band of spots on the hind wing are uniformly arranged in an arc.

Similar species
Lesser Grass Blue, Tiny Grass Blue and Grass Jewel

Status, distribution and habitat
A common butterfly found year round to at least up to 5000 feet. It is not as common as the Lesser Grass Blue or the Tiny Grass Blue. Its habitat is short grass with small leguminous and acathaceous plants.

It flies fast among the short grass that it inhabits and is seldom seen more than a couple of feet above ground. It is a very active butterfly and flies about a great deal in good weather. It obtains nourishment from the flowers of small herbs in its habitat. It is gregarious and is often seen in the company of the Lesser Grass Blue.

Early stages
The eggs are laid singly and placed inside the bracts of flowers or within tightly clustered buds or flowers, and are not easy to see even immediately after oviposition. The larvae feed on very tender leaves or buds and developing pods. They are well hidden within the leaves and bracts and are hard to spot. Pupation occurs on the plant in a concealed location. The principal larval host plant is Zornia diphyla.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-07 7:49]

Hello Pankaj.
You've done a lovely job here. This little blue is excellently placed in your shot on a leaf with an interesting border. The light is good, making the b'fly look three-dimendional despite the closed wings. The sharpness is very good and counteracts the little bit of noise.
Well done, TFS, best wishes, Ivan

Hi Pankaj,
A very nice shot on this Dark Grass Blue. You managed the bright sunlight very well. The colors and detail look very good here. Excellent composition and framing of the shot. Nice one!

Wow..great Macro...amazing detail on the butterfly as well as the leaf..nice! TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments on my photo" December Storm - 2" :o)

Hello Pankaj

Excllent work, Great details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo perfect details very crisp, nicely composed and capture photo,

TFS Kyle

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-07 9:21]

Hello Pankaj,
Very nice butterfly close up.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked POV,details and lighting also a lot.

Very well taken shot despite harsh light of mid-day, Pankaj.
TFS and bye.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-07 10:31]

hello pankaj
well close-up photo. composition, point of view, depth of field, colours, focus, sharpness and details are great

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-07 10:45]

Hi Pankaj,
beautiful shot and very good lighting.
Nice POV and colors.

Hello Pankaj, wonderful butterfly, very good details for a so small gcreature, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-07 20:15]

Hello pankaj

A very good shot of this tiny blue butterfly.We have similar here,and I know they are not easy to photograph.Very good POV and DOF.The details are sharp.Nicely composed.Well done.TFS


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-07 22:15]

Excellent detail and a very nice composition Pankaj!

Hi Pankaj

Well done on a great shot. Lovely details you show here. Good POV. TFS.

encore une tres belle composition, le papillon est un peu de flou, mais la feuilleest tres originale

Hello Pankaj,
This is another little beauty from you. I like this POV and great composition. Details are really good and so is lightning and exposure. This is a very nice shot again. Thanks,

Hi Pankaj,
Great DoF, well focused, sharp, and nice blurry BG. Great colors. Well composed picture.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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