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Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna)

Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna)
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-19 12:58
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Points: 34
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Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna)

Dic. 20-2010, THANKS to Alan (acassidy) by the correct ID!... This is a Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna), finally know the name of this butterfly!

This is the second time posting this lycaenid, I still whitout the ID, this photo was taken yesterday. This species is so small that at first view, looks like a other small insect like a fly or one of those miniature moths. It's our smallest lycaenid having a wingspan of about 2 cms, I think. This is a male, females are slightly larger and robust. These are usually found in dry and sunny days, very scarce during the rains season and most abundant in dry seasons. Usually fly around the country roads.

The picture was made with my old Olympus bridge and is shoted with 2.5X zoom and "super macro" mode that allows very closely to the subject of the photo. I wanted to cut allowing the flower withers in complete look, so you can compare the tiny size of this butterfly.

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Zizula
Species: Z. cyna

General: The Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found from southern Texas, south through Mexico, Central America and South America to Argentina. Strays can be found up to northern Texas, southern Arizona and Kansas. They are usually found in subtropical areas and deserts.

The wingspan is 16–22 mm (5/8-7/8 of an inch.). Adults are on wing from March to November.

It's upper-side is a violet-blue, while it's underside is a pale gray covered in tiny black dots.

The larvae feed on flower buds of Acanthaceae species. Adults feed on flower nectar.

About this shot:
Model: SP565UZ
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/6400 sec
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 977/100 mm
Date Taken: 2010-12-18 09:17
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 288 kb

siggi, Hormon_Manyer, CeltickRanger, joska, maurydv, marius-secan, Dis. Ac., paolo49, uleko has marked this note useful
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Brilliant and delicate stuff! Bravo friend Jesus! Another image capable of challenging the finest in Treknature!
George Veltchev

Ciao Jesus. Altra macro di valore con sharp alquanto duro e ottima gestone della luce. Bene la compo.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-19 13:26]

Hello Jesus.
A superb macro capture of the beautiful butterfly with nice details! I like the sharpness and POV here with great show of natural colors. Best regards Siggi

Hola amigo Jesús,
Brilliant, just brilliant MF! Even without the exact ID. Splendid composition, awesome color palette, excellent sharpness, fabulous composition... Fantastic job - but we get fantastic photos from you from day by day... BRAVO, with big font size.
Friendly regards, László

hello Jesús

today's TN neighbour, excellent photo of
this butterfly, i love that you did not cut
the flower it is more beautiful like on this
framing with the panorama style, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Jesus,
I think this is Zizula cyna, Edwards, 1881. If so, then the Venezuelan subspecies is probably tulliola Godman & Salvin, 1887. The best clue to it being this genus is the total lack of any "eye" spots on the margin of the hindwing.
You have captured the butterfly very sharply and made an excellent composition. Well done.

Ciao Jesus, bellissima questa piccoletta dal disegno elegante e dai colori tenui, altra splendida macro di una specie a me sconosciuta, grazie amico mio, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-20 0:53]

Hi Jesus,
Splendid photo of this little Butterfly, TFS!

Ciao Jesus,
una fantastica composizione per questa piccola Licenide, straordinaria nitidezza e splenddi i colori, uno sfondo che crea un piacevole contrasto di colori
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Jesus
Another impressive presentation of a small beautiful butterfly.
My best wishes, Christodoulos

Hello Jesus,
Very nice composition. Excellent clarity and focus.
The colours of the butterfly and the razor sharp details are amazing. Very good exposure and contrast.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-20 7:26]

Very beautiful butterfly species, excellent image. tfs.

hello Jesus
this is a super good compo with great details and nice BG
the colours are beautiful
greeting lou

Hello Jesus,

an very nice close up from this beautiful butterfly.
Good low pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.


Ciao Jesus, che splendida immagine, i colori dello sfondo si completano perfettamente con il colore della farfalla. Una grande immagine. Un saluto, Paolo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-20 11:28]

Hello Jesus,
A beautiful composition showing this delicate little butterfly sharply in focus. Excxellent sharpness and beautiful soft colours.
Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Jesus,
Very beautiful species of butterfly captured with fine colors. tfs.

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