Butterfly #3 (Common Pierrot)
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Castalius rosimon, Fabricius
A small Lycaenid with a wingspan of 25-30 mm. The sexes are very similar. The underside of the wings are white with black spots and streaks. The base of the upper side of both wings is a beautiful shiny pale blue, being more more extensive in the male. The submarginal bands above are much wider in the female than in the male. However, there is great seasonal variation in the size and intensity of these black markings: the wet season forms have larger and darker markings than those from the dry season.
Status, distribution and habitat
It is widely distributed and common below 3000 feet, though stragglers have been recorded at 4000 feet elevation. It loves full sun and prefers open spaces and scrub jungle, but is just as common in cultivated areas along hedges and fences, and home gardens with overgrown scrub with interspersed trees. It is the commonest of all Pierrots in the island.
It flies relatively fast and low to the ground, and the males frequently settle on roads and gravel patches. It can then be easily identified by its underside markings. It is a nectar lover and comes readily to a wide range of plants with small flowers, and once settled moves about a great deal in a slow deliberate manner. It is not a frequent visitor to bird droppings like the Angled Pierrot.
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- [2006-04-16 13:35]
Very beautiful Lycaenidae!
Very good BG!
5* and TFS!
- [2006-04-27 16:59]
You hav achieved as alvays an interesting composition with sharp focus and outstandingly vivid colors.
Une superbe de belle prise de vue que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP
- [2006-05-02 1:13]
This is a good shot with very vivid colours and excellent POV and composition. The BG has quite some noise that can easily be removed by tracing around the outline of the butterfly with a marquee tool, then feather and blur and voila' - noise gone.
- [2006-05-08 18:35]
I like the contrast and colors of your photo, very nice pose and composition, the specimen is beautiful.
- [2006-05-19 17:57]
Another wonderful wings Jitti,
composition, focus and colors very good.