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Plains Cupid (Dry Season)

Plains Cupid (Dry Season)
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-06-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-06-01 3:53
Viewed: 1043
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Plains Cupid Blue butterflies are flying around in the school garden these days. I shot this one today morning. The dry season version of this species is rather dull looking.

Chilades pandava, the plains Cupid or cycad blue, is a species of lycaenid butterfly found in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indochina, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Java, Sumatra and the Philippines. They are among the few butterflies that breed on plants of the cycad class.

Dry-season brood

Very similar to the same sexes of the wet-season brood, but can be recognized by the following differences: Upperside: Male ground colour slightly duller; subterminal spots on the hindwing less clearly defined. Female: The blue shot area extended outwards on the forewing for three-fourths of its length from base, but as in wet-season specimens not reaching the costal margin; on the hindwing the blue suffusion covers the entire medial portion of the wing from the base to the subterminal row of spots, of which latter the spot in interspace 2 is entirely without the inner ochraceous edging.

Underside: ground colour darker than in specimens of the wet-season brood, the discocellular and discal transverse bands on both forewings and hindwings broader, the terminal markings very ill defined, the inner white edging to the inner of the two subterminal transverse bands broadened and very diffuse. On the hindwing the discocellular and discal bands coalesce and form an ill-defined diffuse medial cloud on the wing.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-06-01 6:21]

Hello Ram,
A beautiful butterfly displayed in and eye-catching composition. Excellent detail and well saturated color tones. I love the background which is a real bonus to an already lovely shot. You could not have picked a better perch for your cute little butterfly to rest upon.. Great shot!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-06-01 12:39]

Hi Ram,difficult position but not for you as i can see,the sharpness is excellent,perfect way to show us the dry season version of this small lycaeneide. Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ram
LA photo est magnifique, très bonne qualité des couleurs, détails et profondeur de champ
Bonne journée

Hello Sir,

A lovely composition with beautiful natural colors; specially the bluish hue on the red flower renders a nice contrast. The details are well exhibited with excellent sharpness.

Thanks for sharing this beauty!!


Ciao Ram, great macro of lovely butterfly, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2017-06-02 18:01]

Hi Ram
I have seen small butterflies with similar pattern in my country.
This specimen has a beautiful color and is nicely shown.


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