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The Grass Jewel- TQ Mr. Nagaraj

The Grass Jewel-  TQ Mr. Nagaraj
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-24 2:47
Viewed: 4334
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Mr. Nagaraj for identifying this very small butterly for me. I have a strong feeling that it is the one Mr. Nagaraj mentioned.
Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your ability to identify it.

I shot it near a seaside in Kuala Perlis, Perlis
( North Malaysia ) with my friend Jusni.

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.

Ref : Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-24 3:13]

Hi Foozi,this is a great artwork.It's very difficult to have a perfect focus and sharpness along all the butterfly in this position,you work very very well,great colors and composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Well controlled dept of field , fine natural colors and awesome detail indeed friend Foozi! The detail is pin sharp and f/16 stop just a perfect choice! Bravo, impressive work!
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-24 4:05]

Hello Foozi,
Wonderful capture. Seem that this butterfly was very cooperative and made a perfect pose for you. This is masterpice.Best reghards Siggi

Hello Foozi,
Fantastic details and colours. Very nice composition with outstanding clarity and focus. Splendid capture.

Ciao Foozi. Razor detaisl and excellent sharp for this small one in perspective. Beautiful natural colours.


hello Foozi
great pose with super sharpness
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-11-24 6:18]

This I think is Grass Jewel, Chilades trochylus, the smallest butterfly in India.
Beautifully captured with fine details and composition. This specimen looks very fresh. tfs.

Ciao Foozi, great macro of fantastic little butterfly on a lovely blurry BG, splendid natural colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-24 7:47]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly in great sharpness and details. Splendid light and natural colours. Very good DOF, diagonal composition and OOF BG.

Hi Foozi,
Colors and details are excellent,
a great macro,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-11-24 8:00]

Hello Foozi
Excellent macro with great details and wonderful colors

Hello Foozi, fantastic imagine of butterfly. In my opinion, light, details and sharpness perfect.Interesting and particular the subject. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

Hola Foozi

Perfecta nitidez y composición como siempre de esta preciosa mariposa. Con esa linea en diagonal de la planta y fondo estupendos. Una perfecta profundidad de campo.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-11-24 12:21]

Hi Foozi,
A wonderful macro of this beauty in great light and impressive clarity.TFS.

hello Foozi

great macro photo with the very fine POV
and the way it is framed, beautiful light,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,



Salam Foozi.
This grass jewel is so small but with beautiful markings on the wings. The perch on that blade of grass in diagonal framing is perfect against the silenced background.
Thanks also to Nagraj for the ID for my future upload :-)
Kind regards,

Good Morning MF Foozi,

A lovely butterfly shot with nice colors.
Very sharp, with a nicely blurred background.
A masterpiece work indeed.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


Hello Foozi,
There are many beautiful butterfly species in your country, I'm watching with interest, a very good shooting and framing
Thank you for sharing, Regards

Hello Foozi,
Wonderful composition with fine details, excellent sharpness, beautiful colours and blurred BG. Well done!

hI Foozi..Excellent catch with great details..Well done.TFS.

Hi Foozi,
Excellent composition, sharpness and DOF.TFS

excellent work, the result is appealing good!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-26 3:28]

Hello again Foozi,
A great macro of a Grass Jewel resting in the closed wing position. The details of this fresh specimen are shown with fine sharpness and colours. The lighting ijust right to illuminate the subject and provide a contrastin natural neutral BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hi Foozi,
excellent POV and composition of this beautiful butterfly, TFS Ferran

Hi Foozi,

The leave is framing well the butterfly. The macro point of view is showing the details and colors of the Grass Jewel butterfly. The late morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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