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Leptotes pirithous

Leptotes pirithous
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-09-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-10-30 4:15
Viewed: 1338
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not my best pic but a very rare specie for my gallery.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Leptotes
Species:L. pirithous

Leptotes pirithous is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. Its common names are Lang's Short-tailed Blue and Common Zebra Blue.
Leptotes pirithous is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 21–29 mm in males and 24–30 mm in females. The uppersides of the wings are purple bluish in males, bluish-brown in female. The undersides are dark beige striped with white lines. The hindwings show marginal orange and black spots and two small tails. For the design of the undersides of the wings they can be confused with Lampides boeticus and Cacyreus marshalli. These butterflies fly from February to November depending on the location. They are regular migrants.
The larvae feed on the flowers and fruits of Fabaceae, Rosaceae and Plumbaginaceae species, including Plumbago capensis, Indigofera, Rynchosia, Vigna, Burkea, Mundulea, Melilotus, Crataegus, Quercus suber, Medicago sativa, Trifolium alexandrium, Arachis hypogaea, Lythrum, Calluna, Genista, Dorycnium, Lythrum salicaria, Calluna vulgaris, Onobrychis viciifolia, Ulex and Melilotus alba. A life cycle takes about 4–8 weeks, depending on the temperature.


Leptotes pirithous (Linnaeus, 1767),è una farfalla della famiglia Lycaenidae.
La superficie dorsale delle ali è di colore blu violaceo nei maschi, bruno grigiastro con macchie violacee nella femmina. La superficie ventrale è in entrambi i sessi di colore biancastro, con macchie brune disposte secondo un disegno geometrico complesso. Le ali posteriori, che hanno una esile coda in corrispondenza della seconda nervatura cubitale, presentano due caratteristiche macchie nere contornate di verde e di arancio.
Può essere confusa con le seguenti specie: Lampides boeticus e Cacyreus marshalli.È presente in Africa del Nord, Europa meridionale e Asia minore.
In Italia è abbastanza comune in tutte le regioni, isole comprese.Tra le specie vegetali preferite dalle larve ci sono diverse specie di Fabaceae (Melilotus officinalis, Melilotus alba), Lythraceae (Lythrum salicaria), Polygonaceae (Polygonum aviculare), Plumbaginaceae (Plumbago spp.), Ericaceae (Calluna vulgaris).

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Ciao Luciano a cento metri da casa mia ci ho un allevamento di queste, una delle poche che ancora volano, posizione difficile sopra un fiore giallo, ma la classe non è acqua, te la sei cavata alla grande, non sarà la tua migliore ma è gradevole e ha bei colori brillanti, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-10-30 8:29]

Ciao Luciano,
Fantastic sharpness and details in this picture. Although the head is not visible, the focus is very good. Beautiful natural colours.
Enjoy the weekend,

Hello Luciano,

Beautiful blue species! Once Silvio posted this butterfly. Well captured despite its head; and it's the main thing. Human portrait with out head!!! Although we can see it's busy to drink honey, but I prefer to see butterfly's head in such situation; otherwise it doesn't look complete.
Thanks for sharing such rare species,
Regards and have a nice WE,

hallo Luciano
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Lovely capture.......

We do have this species here in India, but it is not a 'common' one as its name suggests, Luciano.
It's a fairly well managed shot with good details on the wings.

Hello Friend,
Nice capture. Your Butterfly looks like fighting to get something.


ciao Luciano
je n'ai jamais photographiée cette espèce de papillon, je ne sais même pas si ça existe chez moi, c'est vrai qu'il a le nez dans la fleur et qu'on ne voit pas sa tête, mais la photo est très belle quand même, la netteté, les couleurs et la composition sont excellents
passe une bonne nuit

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-11-03 12:32]

Hello Luciano,
nice shot, liked the pov and the colours in the shot, lovely dof, finely composed shot.
Regards Sigi

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