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Tiny Grass Blue (Zizula gaika)

Tiny Grass Blue (Zizula gaika)
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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: 2006-12-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/450 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh), Beautiful Butterflies, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-18 5:14
Viewed: 4494
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tiny Grass Blue, Zizula gaika, is a species of blue butterfly.


Male Upperside: dull violet-blue, which changes to a brighter tint of violet in certain lights. Fore wing: the costa very narrowly, the termen much more broadly dull brown; this edging to the termen in most specimens decreases in width from apex to tornus, and is outwardly followed by an anticiliary darker brown line. Cilia brownish anteriorly, posteriorly brownish at the base with the apical portions white. Hind wing: the ground-colour brighter than on the fore wing, the costal and terminal margins much more narrowly edged with brown, which edging is merged in the anti-ciliary dark brown line. Cilia: brown along their basal halves, white apically.

Underside: grey. Fore wing: a dusky brown lunular line on the discocellulars; two subcostal spots above the cell, one on either side of the discocellular lunule; a very strongly curved discal series of five spots, of which the posterior three are somewhat lunular in shape and placed obliquely en echelon, the next above these hook-shaped, the anterior spot round; both the subcostal spots and the spots of the discal series are black, each narrowly encircled with white; beyond these are inner and outer subterminal dusky lines, which anteriorly are continuous, posteriorly somewhat broken and macular, followed by a very conspicuous jet-black anticiliary slender line. Cilia greyish white, traversed by a medial transverse blackish-brown line. Hind wing: with the following small white-encircled black spots:—a subbasal transverse series of three, followed by a highly curved series of eight spots, that curve across the disc of the wing to the costa and along the latter towards the base; discocellulars with a dusky short lunular line as on the fore wing; terminal markings and cilia similar, but the outer and broader subterminal line more broken and macular than on the fore wing. Antennae black, the shafts ringed with white; head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, with a little violet pubescence on the head and thorax; beneath: palpi, thorax and abdomen greyish white.

Female Upperside: glossy brown, without any violet tint whatever; the anticiliary darker brown lines on both fore and hind wings well marked. Underside: very similar to that of the male, the ground-colour a shade darker, the markings slightly larger and more prominent. Antenna, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male, but the latter three without a trace of violet or blue on the upperside.
source : wikipedia

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magnifique composition aux couleurs excellentes
bravo, bon travail

Hi Pankaj,
This is a great macro shot of the BF.
Nice clear details and colors.

Hello Pankaj,
I like the most the color harmony of this photo, so delicate with this pastels colors.
The POV used is so good, we can appreciate so well the details of the butterfly, even the wings's texture.
The DOF works pretty well with that soft and smooth background.
I like a lot also the presentation and the frame used
Congratulations and regards,

Hello PankaJ

Excllent work again, perfect colors Bg POV dof Spot on, details, crisp. nicly framed,

TFS Kyle

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-18 10:06]

Hello Pankaj
Excellent shot with an excellent and precious composition! Another wonderful job of yours with perfect sharpness, color, lightness, POV and DOF... Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

Hi Pankai,
What a lovely photo!! Delicate details, excellent DOF and POV, personally, I love this colours of butterfly and BG very much.
Well done, Pankai.
Regards and TFS,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-18 10:43]

Hello Pankaj,
What a beautiful and delicate image showing this little blue butterfly on the light pink flower against a fabulous sky background. Excellent focus and taken from a nice point of view.
TFS, Ulla

Good job, Pankaj
Good sharpness butterfly and excellent compo.

Wow, you shot this image this morning only, Pankaj! How lucky to have a new specimen of a butterfly ready and waiting for you every day :-)!
A lovely capture from a very good point of view. Very crisp and clear image with natural colours and a fine composition with the little butterfly perched on a different flower today.
Great work!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-18 12:06]

Hello Pankaj,
I don't tire of seeing your butterfly shots. You capture this little blue very well with fine sharpness and DOF and great blurry BG.
The pink flower adds a bit of pastel colour.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-18 12:38]

Hello Pankaj,

Nice picture of this nice butterfly! You got a great pov and did a nice composition. Great bg enhancing the insect and good exposition. I like very much your frame too! TFS,


Hi, Pankaj.
Beautiful shot. Well composed. Good sharpness and details on butterfly. Nice BG.

Ciao Pankaj, wonderful photo of Zizula gaika. Is the first time that I see this butterfly. Splendid colors, good composition with a wonderful flower, very well done.
Merry Christmas and Happy new year, Ciao Silvio

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-18 14:41]

Hi Pankaj,
Beautifully presented BF capture.
I like the BG,details and sharpness a lot.
Well done.

Hi Pankaj,

Great shot of this tiny butterfly
lovely colours
superb sharpness, details, composition, POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

Hi Pankaj,
Great sharpness and very neat blurry BG.
Nicely composed and well framed.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-18 16:38]

Another luminous and sharp macro with pleasant colors and perfect backdrop.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, background, framing, notes.

I don't like it: frame too heavy.

Thank you and my best wishes... Ricardo

Hola Pankaj,
Gran macro con buena definición y excelentes texturas. Un cordial saludo

Hi Pankaj,
I enjoy both beauty, flower and Grass Blue. Both are in focused and in nice composition. All photography techniques are great. Very well done and well seen.

Excellent colors and composition. This one is quite good,
Well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-12-18 23:55]

Lovely shot,love the composition..Nice POV TOO.

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-12-19 2:49]

Splendide composition aux belles couleurs, beaux détails
bravo et merci


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-19 3:55]

Hi Pankaj

This is a very beautiful butterfly in an equaly beautiful presentation.
I really like all the colors here very much - both the ones on the butterfly and the charming flower it is feeding on.
Also the composition is very nice, the lighting id impeccable and the POV and DOF are excellent.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

parfait,en passant par les couleurs pastelles de la fleur,aux details du papillon et de sa netteté,l'expo et encore le BG tout est bon.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-19 19:52]

Hello Pankaj

A very lovely ,delicate shot.The butterfly and flower look very fragile.Very good on the POV and DOF.The colours are very pastel and are well saturated.Good lighting and exposure.Well done.TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-21 11:42]

Hi Pankaj.
It is amazing shot.Splendid composition and very lovely fine and clean colours.Perfect POV as well as very sharp details.Superb OOF BG.
Excellent work,congratulate.Thanks for sharing.
Greetings Milos

Hi dear pankaj ,
excellent shot.
great details and nice clolors and BG.
thanks for sharing
best wishes

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-30 22:14]

Good shot of the Grass Blue, lovely pose on the pretty flower. The colours you have captured are very effective, and I like your framing too. TFS

hi pankaj!
very nice macro with good
sharpness and fine background
whos matching the beautiful

Hallo Pankaj
I took some time today and browsed through the gallery as there as so many wonderful postings I missed before the time I became a member. This Tiny Grass Blue that you posted years ago caught my eye and is really something very special. The unique combination of soft colours is so beautiful and soft on the eye and being. The shape and form of this petite insect is amazingly perfect, the patterns and colours so striking. It was indeed a pleasure stopping by this image stored way back in your portfolio. Thanks for sharing in 2006 and turned up a fresh 3 years later. Best regards.

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