The Lime Blue
|Copyright: Arindam Mitra (arindammitra89)
|Date Taken: 2013-08-04|
|Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-08-04 8:50|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Happy friendship day to all of my TN friends..|
The Lime Blue (Chilades lajus) is a small butterfly found in India that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.
Wet-season form Male has a bluish-purple upperside. Fore wing has base and basal half of costa flushed with pale blue; costa and termen edged by a slender dark brownish-block even line, beyond which along the termen the cilia are brown, at base, white outwardly. Hind wing: costa somewhat broadly dusky black; a slender black conspicuous anticiliary line, beyond which the cilia are white traversed medially by a brown line; dorsum broadly pale brown, two subterminal pale-bordered black spots in interspace 1, and one similar spot in interspace 2, often obsolescent and barely indicated.
Underside: grey. Fore wing: a transverse broad lunule on the discocellulars and a transverse discal series of six spots dark brown, the lunule and each of the discal spots edged with white; the posterior four spots of the discal series elongate and each obliquely placed, the anterior two round and curved inwards; a subterminal series of transverse elongate spots with an inner series of lunules dusky brown, both series edged inwardly and outwardly with white; finally, an anticiliary slender black line. Cilia white, medially traversed by a dark brown line. Hind wing: the following jet-black spots slenderly encircled with white :a transverse subbasal series of four and a subcostal spot somewhat larger than the others in the middle of interspace 7; below the latter a catenulated line of slenderly white-edged dusky-brown spots, including the lunular spot on the discocellulars, crosses the wing, and beyond these opposite the apex of the cell are three similar discal spots, the middle one elongate; the terminal markings consist of an inner continuous subterminal series of dusky lunules, bordered inwardly and outwardly with white, an outer subterminal series of inwardly conical dusky-brown spots, and a slender anticiliary black line. The posterior two spots of the outer line of subterminal markings are also black. Cilia white. Antennae black, the shafts obscurely ringed with white; head, thorax and abdomen brown, the head, thorax and base of the abdomen with a little blue scaling; beneath : the palpi, thorax and abdomen white.
Female upperside: dark brown. Fore and hind wings from their bases outwards to a varying extent shot with bright iridescent blue, this colour not extended on either wing to the costa, termen or dorsum. Hind wing: in addition a curved postdiscal series of whitish lunules very often obsolescent, in some specimens entirely wanting; followed by a subterminal series of black, narrowly white-encircled spots that are often obscure and in some specimens do not reach the apex. Anticiliary black lines and cilia as in the male. Underside: precisely similar to that of the male. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male.
Dry-season form Closely resemble specimens of the wet-season brood, but can always be distinguished by the somewhat paler ground-colour of the upperside, while on the underside both sexes bear a large nebulous brown patch on the hind wing posteriorly. Sometimes the ground-colour on the underside is much paler, almost white, especially in the female.
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Well captured this lime Blue.Sharpness is really nice.Against green BG it's looking nice.
Thanks for sharing,
Happy Friendship Day to you too.
Splendid picture of this remarkable species. The detail is excellent and the colours and background are nice and the framing is great too.
I found your note very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
- [2013-08-04 10:23]
Photo of the butterfly showing great detailson insect and plant. Good light managemment rendering nicely the colors.Regards Siggi
- [2013-08-04 11:47]
A beautiful capture of this rare and small lycaeneide,i like the perfect details everywhere despite the diagonal pose,you're a magician to do that..ehee....thanks for share this beauty in a nice composition and perspective,have a nice week,Luciano
Ciao Arindman, great macro of lovely little butterfly by difficult POV, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2013-08-05 1:15]
Great compositon, a very fine capture!
- [2013-08-05 2:35]
this is really beautiful. nicely angled showing both sides of this species. good work. tfs.
a beauty to see on this leave
good details and beautiful colours with very nice light
thanks greeting lou
excellent depth of field. Very good presentation of the butterfly. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,
The leaves are helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the Lime Blue butterfly. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.