A puspa in peril
|Copyright: Motoki SAITO (Zephyrus) (28)|
|Date Taken: 2006-03|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-01-27 7:22|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This small and lovely "blue" is a female of Common Hedge Blue (Acytolepis puspa). Japan is the northernmost limit of its distribution and it is seen only in westhern part of Japan. I took this shot in Ishigaki island in Okinawa Prefecture. This butterfly flied rather weakly near the ground and visited flowers. Luckily, as she began sucking nectar, she gradually opened both wings. So the contrast of both white flowers and shining blue color caught my eyes. After I went back to my home and checked the shot on PC, I was very surprised to see a small flower-like spider was on the flower. It opened its arms widely as if it is about to grab the butterfly! I could not notice the spider when I was taking pictures. The camouflage is almost perfect.|
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Great shot of the butterfly and its potential predator. This is nature study at its most interesting. Well done.