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Zizeeria knysna

Zizeeria knysna
Photo Information
Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1985-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax LX, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of the African continent. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-27 10:23
Viewed: 4822
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Zizeeria knysna Trimen, 1822. The African Grass Blue

Food plants: Medick Medicago.

Distribution: Africa, Tropical Asia and Australia, Canary Islands, Southern Portugal and Spain.

Description: male forewing 10/12mm, upperside violet blue with wide dark marginal borders, otherwise unmarked. Underside pale fawn with discal and marginal markings in slightly darker shade of fawn. Female upperside brown with restricted and variable patches of blue above inner margins of both wings. Underside as male.

On Trek Nature I can find only Zizeeria karsandra from this genus of Grass Blues, so I felt it might be useful to show another species.

The following notes come from: eurobutterflies.com.

A tiny butterfly that is often very common where it is found. It is always associated with damp places, usually with lucerne or mint, such as irrigation ditches or drains and desert oases. The butterflies are very fond of lucerne fields and in June/ July in Morocco just about every field had a thriving colony of this butterfly, even deep into the desert. The butterfly is hard to photograph, even though there may be many in a small area. They are always active and will alight to feed for only a very short time before flying on again. Sometimes with luck a butterfly will settle infront of the camera, allowing a quick photo. It flies much more rarely and locally in Spain.

The picture, of a male Z. knysna from Morocco, has been scanned, cropped, resized and sharpened for TN.

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Hi Alan

very nice.

I also photographed this in Ghana...similar background.

Rgds Mike.

bonjour alan
bien que la tÍte se trouve dans un flou le reste de l'image est tres bon,il est vrai que cela penalise de ne pas avoir un bon contacte avec les yeux du sujet mais il faut des fois passer sur de leger defauts.

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