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Tiny Grass Blue

Tiny Grass Blue
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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/6.3, 1/450 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-23 22:54
Viewed: 4706
Points: 64
[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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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-23 23:47]

nice composition with the flowers colors complementing the butterfly. nice focus and DOF

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-06-24 1:11]

Pankaj, this is delicante, well taken and beautiful.

Excellent composition and pov.

I enjoy colors and saturation too.

Hello Pankaj,
A beautiful combo, butterfly and flower!
Both are delicate with attractive colours, both are captured with fine details!
A well composed presentation, macro work is skilfully done!
Pablo -

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-24 3:57]

salut Pankaj,
belle macro colorée et fraîche, j'aime beaucoup le cadrage et le point de vue. Bonne gestion de la lumière qui ne devait pas être aisée.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-24 4:01]

Pankaj Bhai lovel and nice shot. The POV and the compostion is superb. Nxt time when I am in bangalore pls take me through on framing. TFS Gansh

Hi Pankaj,
A very good capture. Focus is spot on. Excellent work. Note very informative. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-06-24 4:43]

Hello Pankaj,
a beautifully composed picture! You underline the beauty of both, of the flower and of the butterfly, by your presentation. Excellent focus and sharpness.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Pankaj,
A well composed photo and a good subject. The lighting and colours are very nice.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-24 6:24]

Hello Pankaj

A beautiful composition.The flower makes a lovely perch for this wonderful little blue.The focus and sharpness is excellent.The lighting is very good, aiding superb colours.Excellent POV. A gem! TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-24 6:36]
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Hello Pankaj,
I seem to remember a similar shot of the Tiny Grass Blue that you posted some time ago, but that does not alter the fact that this is a good sharp and well composed shot with excellent lighting and BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Beautiful photo...Amazing detail and focus...Outstanding color against a BBG...A fine job...TFS

Hello Pankaj
Excellent shot of this tiny Grass Blue,
Fantastic colors, BG and DOF,
Great focusing,lighting and compo,
Superb shot,friend.


Such beautiful colors - there's a romantic softness to the colors but certainly not the focus...the focus is right on! :) Great composition...great shot!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-06-24 9:39]

Lovely composition and POV!!Details are excellent..

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful picture of Tiny Blue on flower.Perfect POV, DOF and sharpness. Lovely composition.
TFS, Smitha.

Hi Pankaj, elegant butterfly with lovely delicate colors, splendid composition with beautiful flower, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-24 11:01]

Hi Pankaj,

Beautiful! The colors of the butterfly and the flower are so perfect for each other. Beautiful details showing the wonderful wingpatterns. A lovely picture.


What a pleasure to realise you still have some great shots of butterflies from last winters, Pankaj.
I have seen this tiny thing in India and I remeber it because it is such a small butterfly.
The picture is excellent from every point of view.
Thanks for sharing it and all the best.

Hello Pankaj.
Excellent exposure in this wonderful capture, both colors and details reveal super results.
You have acheived a nice DOF with great focus. Well done. :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-24 14:11]

Lovely delicate colour tones and full of light. This is a very pretty butterfly shot. Nice sharpness, POV and composition



Nice work Pankaj,
I think your viewpoint was excellent and technically it's perfect with plenty of detail. Colours are natural and I the light has lent itself well for your position.
My only criticism is the background which although blurred seems to distract me with the two tone look - if you could get it to be all dark it would make the flower and butterfly stand out even more - but this is only a little niggle. ;)
TFS hope you are well

Hola Pankaj.
Unos detalles preciosos. Colores muy bien saturados y buen encuadre.
Saludos amigo, JL.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-24 20:03]

selam : well captured and presented pose with splendid colours. nice BG and POV TFS
best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-24 20:16]

Hello Pankaj,
Outstanding macro image with splendid colors and sharp details, thanks for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-25 2:07]

Hello Pankaj,
This is a fine and subtle composition,very well photographed. You handled excellently the quite strong sunshine, bringing out the whole delicacy of the butterfly and the beautiful flower. Very pleasant picture. Thank's and
Have a nice day

beautiful shot and composition,colours are too good,hats off

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-26 9:59]

Hi Pankaj,
A beutiful butterfly captured from a perfect pov with excellent details and colours. Flower suits very well the the butterfly.
TFS, José M.

Excelentes colores suaves , buena composición y bello conjunto. Saludos desde España Pankaj.

Hola Pankaj,
Preciosa foto con una composición y posadero muy bello, la nitidez y detalles son excelentes, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-29 4:24]

Hi Pankaj,

Great picture of this butterfly.
Great color, lighting, dof, sharpness and background.


bonjour pankaj
jolies couleurs pastelles sur la fleur qui tranchent bien avec celles du papillon.
excellente netteté et beaucoup de details .

Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful image here! Wonderful sharpness and details in the butterfly and the flower! Lovely composition and lighting and I like the framing too! Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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