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Euchrysops cnejus (for Silpa)

Euchrysops cnejus (for Silpa)
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/105 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature part Four, When Friends Spare a Thought..... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-15 2:58
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Today I dedicate this tiny butterfly to Silpa (iris). This one I took on my roof top garden with the Nikon Coolpix handheld focusing distance was around 7 to 8 cm. Thanks a lot for viewing.

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.

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.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Euchrysops
Species: cnejus

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Hi Haraprasan
Beautiful shot. Very nice compo with butterfly on the right side. Sharpness and OOF background is perfect. I also like the black frame Nothing to critique ;-)
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-15 3:36]

Hello Haraprasan,
Superb capture of this fresh-looking butterfly. All in focus showing very sharp details and lovely colours. I like its pose on the pretty flower too and the fine contrasting background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-15 3:40]

Hello Hara,
A lovely sharp and well-composed macro of a Gram Blue with perfect use of the ambient light and fine contrast against the OOF natural green BG.
A delightful image and excellent tribute to our friend Silpa who is a great nature lover and fine TN-er.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Hi Haraprasan, Wonderful capture of this beauty and great dedication to our friend Silpa. Well done my friend. TFS.


Hi Haraprasan,

fantastic butterfly, well composed and done. Good details, bright colours.

Thanks for sharing,


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-07-15 3:56]

Hello Haraprasan,

What a lovely Gram Blue, sharp and colorful. POV, BG and composition are great. Fine tribute to Silpa.

Thanks for sharing.

There is so much of variety in this genus of small sized Blues, HP.
The other day I had a field day with them frolicking around in the garden.
This is a wonderful shot with sharp focus on the subject. The colours too are great.
TFS and regards.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-15 4:51]

Hi Haraprasan!

What a fantastic shot! One of best shots of small butterflies on entire TN. Sharpness, colours, composition, details - all are superb. Great dedication also.

Hallo Haraprasan
Perfect focus on this and remarkably soft coloured butterfly. The patterns and markings on the butterfly’s wings are very striking. Technically this shot has all the merits to meet a high criterion. Thanks for sharing this beautiful insect with us. I love the lilac coloured flower and unopened blossoms on a image always tickle my fancy. It was a pleasure and delight to look at and to share in this dedication to a special Trek Nature member.
Kind regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-15 5:21]

Hello Haraprasan,
Nice presntation.Well composed image and nice POV .Your image is sharp and the colors are lovely.
Regards Siggi

Hello Haraprasan, wonderful macro of this beauty and great dedication to Iris. TFS.

Hello Haraprasan,
very beautiful shot with great details,nice composition and pov,lovely colours,
well done,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-15 6:47]

Hi Haraprasan
Nice presentation.Well composed image.good POV and sharp image.Beautiful OOF BG colors.
TFS Michel

Normally a large black frame would look wrong. I have tried it with some of my images but it detracts. This one does the opposite...A very fine eye for the graphic arts in nature presentation HP! You're always coming up with some new twist. Very well done.

Hi Haraprasan,

Very nice contrast picture of butterfly, good compo , dof, pov and bg. Lucky to have a garden and that too with such beautiful visitors, am sure you are making good use of it :) TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-15 9:55]

Hi Haraprasan,

I knew Iris would love this and I see that indeed she did. A very nice dedication to a lovely person who has shared many beautiful posts with us. This Gram Blue is beautiful and the pose on the lovely flower is wonderful. Excellent colors, fine details, pretty setting, and a superb composition.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-15 10:44]

Hello Haraprasan,
Beautiful photo of this Gram Blue in splendid clear colours. Sharpness, details and DOF are amazing. Great POV and composition. Very lovely flower.

Very good composition and well framed...Pose perfect...Colors and detail excellent....All the best, Leyla

Hi Haraprasan,

Exellent shot of this butterfly.
Great picture,


hello haraprasan,
this is a great piece of work, you have got excellent results from your compact cam, silpa will be delighted to see this, fitting dedication to her,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-15 22:55]

Hello Haraprasan

Great pose with excellent details, plus good blurred BG and wonderful lighting. Well seen and captured.


Hola Haraprasan,
Bonita composición, excelente nitidez, buena textura, luz y fondo muy agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

Hola Haraprasan, bonito macro, con una cuidada y agradable composición, colores vivos y con buena luz. El fondo me gusta, limpio y bien desenfocado. Un saludo

A lovely macro, dedicated to a lovely young lady!
Very well done, my friend!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-16 13:00]

Hello Haraprasan,
excellent shot of this pretty butterfly.
Superb DOF and focusing.
Very detailed and crisp.

Excellent work!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-16 20:28]

Hello HP, Brilliant shot. Superb angle. Nice information and well presented. ganesh

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-16 20:40]

Hi HP,
Thank you so much for your kind thought and gesture.

This is a butterfly that i love especially for the way these little one have indulged me and allowed me to click them as often as possible.Despite being quick flutterers, they are also such wonderful little beings that stay put many a time concentrating on their task and sitting fearlessly either posing or feeeding on nectar.

This beauty is captured in an excellent PoV and with fine DoF.I am also one of those persons who is quite for the rich colours that life has to offer.And i love the well saturated colours you have used.They stay perfect without going overboard. This is clearly evident from the colour and details of the subject that is retained in its most original hue and patterns.The butterfly is shot with excellent sharpness, focus and clarity.

The flowers and the green environment create a refreshing ambience. The violets make a beautiful contrast while the rich green BG infuses lots of freshness to the ambience.The subject placement is perfectly balanced in the whole composition and the crop is just right.

Thanks again


Hi Haraprasan, elegant composition with lovely butterfly and wonderful flowers, fantastic colors, great sharpness and good details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-03-06 2:55]

wow! beautiful.
great colors. amazing details and focus.
very well done.


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