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Zizula Gaika

Zizula Gaika
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/480 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 3, Lycaenidae Butterflies, Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-17 7:36
Viewed: 4293
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot of Tiny Grass Blue from my archives.

The Tiny Grass Blue, Zizula gaika, is a species of blue butterfly.


Male Upperside: dull violet-blue, which changes to a brighter tint of violet in certain lights. Fore wing: the costa very narrowly, the termen much more broadly dull brown; this edging to the termen in most specimens decreases in width from apex to tornus, and is outwardly followed by an anticiliary darker brown line. Cilia brownish anteriorly, posteriorly brownish at the base with the apical portions white. Hind wing: the ground-colour brighter than on the fore wing, the costal and terminal margins much more narrowly edged with brown, which edging is merged in the anti-ciliary dark brown line. Cilia: brown along their basal halves, white apically.

Underside: grey. Fore wing: a dusky brown lunular line on the discocellulars; two subcostal spots above the cell, one on either side of the discocellular lunule; a very strongly curved discal series of five spots, of which the posterior three are somewhat lunular in shape and placed obliquely en echelon, the next above these hook-shaped, the anterior spot round; both the subcostal spots and the spots of the discal series are black, each narrowly encircled with white; beyond these are inner and outer subterminal dusky lines, which anteriorly are continuous, posteriorly somewhat broken and macular, followed by a very conspicuous jet-black anticiliary slender line. Cilia greyish white, traversed by a medial transverse blackish-brown line. Hind wing: with the following small white-encircled black spots:—a subbasal transverse series of three, followed by a highly curved series of eight spots, that curve across the disc of the wing to the costa and along the latter towards the base; discocellulars with a dusky short lunular line as on the fore wing; terminal markings and cilia similar, but the outer and broader subterminal line more broken and macular than on the fore wing. Antennae black, the shafts ringed with white; head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, with a little violet pubescence on the head and thorax; beneath: palpi, thorax and abdomen greyish white.

Female Upperside: glossy brown, without any violet tint whatever; the anticiliary darker brown lines on both fore and hind wings well marked. Underside: very similar to that of the male, the ground-colour a shade darker, the markings slightly larger and more prominent. Antenna, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male, but the latter three without a trace of violet or blue on the upperside.
source : wikipedia

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-17 8:12]

Hi Pankaj

Another wonderful and colorfull macro from you!
The tones here really shine out of the picture and look terrific.
The simle composition works great, the details are very nice and the contrast with the BG is excellent.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Pankaj.

Very beatiful image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-17 8:39]

Hi Pankaj,
A lovely view, with very nice soft light, beautiful colours and excellent pov, dof, bg and compo.
TFS, José M.

very nıce macro butterfly and flower.compliments :)

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-17 9:36]

bonjour pankaj,
cette image est particulièrement fraîche, la lumière et la couleur rosée sont bien exploitées.
Joli spécimen.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-17 9:46]
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Hello Pankaj,
Wow, what a beauty you're presenting here!
You've captured this while it is very fresh so details are superb and colours gentle and beautiful. I love the flower too and the darker background. I wonder how tiny it is??
Many thanks, Ulla

Great macro Pankaj,
I will detail later..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-17 9:53]

Hello Pankaj,
Lovely sharp macro capture of this individual in your Tiny Grass Blue series in fine contrast both with the flower and the BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

hi pankaj!
good macro on this fine butterfly!
sharp with good composition and
nice background!
well done!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-17 10:38]

Hi Pankaj
A beauty after another! What an excellent shot and wonderful composition! A beautiful butterfly upon a beautiful flower with excellent sharpness, colors and composition. And a gorgeous whole presentation.
My compliments and TFS.

Very nice light and details, perfecct DOF too.
It has a very natural and elegant look in my monitor, very nice work.
PD: I feel the framming is a bit to complex, but only a personal taste.
Best regards, Felipe.

A truly magnificent capture, Pankaj.
Those beautiful designs along the border and bold spots elsewhere on its generally light brown wings stand out sharp and clear.
The flower with variegated colour tones adds a fine touch to the entire composition.
I congratulate you on your consistently fine presentation of butterflies from India on TN.
Keep it going.

parfaite composition, bonne couleurspour les 2 sujets
bien vu, bravo

Hi Pankaj
Belle presentation ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition
J'apprecie les beaux papillons et les tiens sont superbes.
au revoir et merci....JP

Bonjour Pankaj.
Trés belle image de ce beau papillon.Amitiés.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-17 21:22]

Hello Pankaj,
This is just an outstanding posting, with superb details, fantastic colors and composition.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-17 23:10]

Pankaj, this is beautiful.

I like colors and bg a lot.

Besides, great pov and composition.

Another fine butterfly pic Pankaj the details are really nice lovely contrast with the delicate flowers and dark background. The butterfly stands out well. nice POV good DOF. tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Pankaj, splendid composition with a superb butterfly and a beautiful flower, wonderful colors of nature, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-19 14:29]

Another nice compo my friend with very good point of view.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, framing, notes.

I like it: framed (beautiful but something big), background.

I don't like it: nothing to argue.

The contrast of the butterfly and flower is really very attractive visually.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-22 21:31]

Hello Pankaj

I really like this butterfly composition.Blues are not the easiest to photograph,but you did it well.The colours are very nice and the flower is beautiful.TFS


Una verdadera preciosidad la que has captado. Los colores son muy reales, equilibrados.
Buena presentación en este perfecto encuadre hacia la derecha.
Saludos, JL.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-03-01 11:51]

Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful compo,
POV,colors and details are great,
Well done

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