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Lesser Grass Blue

Lesser Grass Blue
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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/4.5
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-14 9:17
Viewed: 2522
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends,

There are many similar species of this butterfly so i am quite confused about the correct ID of the butterfly. I think it is lesser grass blue. If not please give me the correct ID so i can update.

The Lesser Grass Blue, Zizina otis, is a species of blue butterfly found in south Asia. The Lesser Grass Blue is often misidentified as the Common Grass Blue, Zizina labradus.
Male upperside
Pale violet-blue, with a silvery sheen in certain lights, fore wing: a broad brown edging along the termen, which covers in some specimens quite the outer fourth of the wing, while in others is much narrower. It is always broadest at the apex and is bounded by an anticiliary darker line, beyond which the cilia are brownish at base and white outwardly.

Hind wing: anterior or costal third to half and apex brown; a slender black anticiliary line, beyond which the cilia are as in the fore wing.

Male underside
Brownish grey. Fore wing: a short, transverse, dusky lunule on the discocellulars and a transverse, anteriorly curved, discal series of seven minute black spots, all the spots more or less rounded, the posterior two geminate, the disco-cellular lunule and each discal spot conspicuously encircled with white; the terminal markings beyond the above consist of an inner and an outer transverse subterminal series of dusky spots, each spot edged on the inner side very obscurely with dusky white, the inner line of spots lunular, the outer with the spots more or less rounded. Cilia dusky.

Hind wing : a transverse, curved, sub-basal series of four spots and an irregular transverse discal series of nine small spots black, each spot encircled narrowly with white. Of the discal spots the posterior four are placed in an outwardly oblique, slightly curved line, the middle two spots geminate; the three spots above these are placed in an oblique transverse line further outwards ; lastly, the anterior two spots are posited one over the other and shifted well inwards, just above the apex of the cell; disco-cellular lunule and terminal markings as on the fore wing, but the inner subterminal lunular line in the latter broader and more prominent. Cilia dusky. Antenna black, shafts ringed with white; head, thorax and abdomen brown, with a little blue scaling; beneath: white.

Female upperside
Brown, with a more or less distinct suffusion of violet-blue at the bases of the wings, on the hind wing continued obscurely along the dorsum; both fore and hind wings with slender anticiliary lines, darker than the ground-colour.
Female underside
Ground-colour slightly darker than in the male, markings precisely similar. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male, but the thorax and abdomen above without any blue scaling.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Zizina
Species: Z. otis

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Ciao Kapil, a little lack of sharpness but lovely couple of little lowers on a beautioful blurry BG, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Kapil,
Another beautiful detailed capture with nice natural colours, POV and a good BG.

Hi Kapil,
what a nice and interesting photo ot these butterflies. Great point of view. Nice colours and composition.
Have a nice week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-14 10:05]

Hello Kapil.
What a nice couple in love that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good.Best regards Siggi

beautiful capture Kapil! I like the simplicity and this gorgeous background colors!Bravo!
George Veltchev

Kapil, this is a great shot of these two doing their thing. You did a great job capturing it. Have a great week, Bill

Hi Kapil,
Great timing in the making of this image.
Good POV, nice lighting and very pleasant background to stand up the subject.
Thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-17 14:30]

Hi Kapil,beautiful capture,not the top of sharpness but the situation is very rare to see,especially so suspended in the air..ehehe...very nice work,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hola Kapil,
excellent POV & moment, nice species
TFS, best regards,

very nice the moment inthis picture Kapil, congratulations ! thank for sharing,

un saluto,


Ciao Kapil. Good shot from the difficult POV. Fascinating environemnt.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-21 7:53]

Hello Kapil,
What a fine color-ambiente for love!! these two seem to dance around a blade.
Very well seen and presented with this fine and subtle shot.
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-23 1:46]

Hello Kapil,
another lovely view of the mating butterfly. Exciting moment for a special presentation in good lighting. The colors and patterns are well preserved and maintained. how I like the small branches that add graphical composition to the shot.
nicely done.


wonderful scene this coexistence, nice photo performance!
regards Kapil

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