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The Gram Blue

The Gram Blue
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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: 2008-11-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-135mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Malaysia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-03 0:45
Viewed: 3172
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Gram Blue (Euchrysops cnejus) is a small butterfly found in India that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.

Male upperside: pale purplish suffused with a bluish shade, apparent only in certain lights. Fore wing: a slender black anticiliary line edged on the inner side narrowly with fuscous dark brown, broader at apex than at the tornal angle. Hind wing: a subterminal black spot in interspace 1 and another similar spot in interspace 2, the two spots subequal in size, edged on the outer side by a white thread and on the inner side with ochraceous, more prominent in the spot in interspace 2; a slender anticiliary black line with an inner narrow margin of diffuse fuscous brown. Cilia of both fore and hind wings pale; tail at apex of vein 2 of the hind wing black tipped with white.

mud-puddling in Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, India.Underside : silver-grey, in some with a pale yellowish, in others with a faint brown tint. Fore and hind wings: each with the following brown spots edged slenderly on either side with white:a transverse elongate spot on the discocellulars; a transverse discal series of spots straight on the fore, bisinuate on the hind wing, on the latter wing capped near the costa by a prominent while-encircled round black spot; an inner and an outer subterminal transverse series of spots, of which the inner subterminal series on the hind wing is lunular, the outer rounded, the white edging to both series being also lunular; both wings have very slender anticiliary black lines, and the hind wing in addition a transverse curved subbasal series of generally three often four white-encircled spots of which the spot nearest the costa is prominent and block, the others brown. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, paler on the last, the shafts of the antennae speckled with white, the thorax with a little purplish pubescence; beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen white.

Female upperside : dark brown. Fore wing: a posteromedial somewhat triangular area from the base outwards for about two-thirds the length of the wing blue and a slender jet-black anticiliary line. Hind wing: posteriorly from about the level of the middle of the cell slightly suffused with blue from base outwards for about two-thirds the length of the wing; a transverse, postdiscal, incomplete series of sagittate white spots pointing inwards, followed by a subterminal transverse series of round spots, the anterior three dark brown encircled with bluish white, the tornal two jet-black, subequal, larger than the others, edged inwardly with bright ochraceous, outwardly by very slender white lines; finally, a jet-black slender anticiliary line. Cilia of both fore and hind wings conspicuously white. Underside: groundcolour and markings as in the male, the tornal two black spots touched outwardly with metallic bluish-green scaling. Antenna, head, thorax and abdomen similar to those of the male, the shafts of the antennae conspicuously ringed with white.
Throughout India except at very high elevations. Widely distributed in the Malayan Subregion; extending to Australia and the South Sea Islands.[1]

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Hello Foozi,
what a wonderful picture of Gram Blue taken with outstanding sharpness in a fantastic composition, i like the vivid colours and the lovely pose of the beautiful butterfly on the leaf against a marvellous OOF BG, very well done.
Best regards

Hi MF Foozi, a l'il and cute b-fly you captured this time.It is one of my fav. butterfly speceis and you managed yuor camera perfectly to taka an excellent macro agaist to sunlight MF!
TFS and cheers,

Ciao Foozi, great macro with little butterfly, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi, beautiful shot of this butterfly. Nice sharp focus and good composition. Really like the colors and patterns on this tiny butterfly.

The butterfly really stands out, sharp fine details in the wings. Very good timing.
Best wishes,

Hi, Foozi,

what a lovely, artistic, well-composed capture - this beautiful Gram Blue looks like a fariy to me. thanks a lot for sharing.

Man Yee

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-04-03 5:09]
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Hello Foozi,
A great close-up shot of this beautiful butterfly with great details and nice composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-03 9:36]

Hello Foozi
Wonderful capture with great details and vivid colors.

hello Foozi
this is a great composition
'nice colours on the green leaves
beautiful picture
wel done
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-03 12:22]

Hi Foozi,finally a common butterfly ..ehehe..this is one of the most common in my country,but your pic is always different and taken whit your impressive class.Top sharpness of the buuterfly and very nice and unusual background. Have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hello Foozi, excellent image of this beutiful small butterfly. Great details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Foozi
a nice capture of this gram blue, great composition and rich colors
I like the nice pose on this green leaf and beautiful details on the butterfly
Have a good Day

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