Plains Cupid (Dry Season)
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|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.
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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- [2017-06-01 6:21]
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!!
- [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
LA photo est magnifique, tr癡s bonne qualit矇 des couleurs, d矇tails et profondeur de champ
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
- [2017-06-02 18:01]
I have seen small butterflies with similar pattern in my country.
This specimen has a beautiful color and is nicely shown.