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Cycad Blue

By ChiliMan
Helloooooo, people. Itís been a busy week and now Iím all set to settling down to some nice EPZing this weekend Smile

News on this endÖmy dad went for a cataract op for his right eye (left one done a couple of months ago) on Wednesday and allís well.

My poor mum has been hit by horrible bronchitis, though. Took her to the GP this morning and she had a fever too. Sheís on 3 days of antibiotics now. Sheís a tough nut and should be ok come Monday Smile

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More butterflies today (well, the same one in all the pics) and these were taken in my brotherís garden a couple of weeks ago. Been through the wars, this one. Does this naturally happen to butterflies? Or is it from some predator?

*REPLIES to two comments in my previous upload:

Ed, thanks so much for the tip on the best timings. The medium sized ones seem to be more there in the morning. In the late afternoon itís mainly the tiny blues about the place. And I mean tiny. Extension tube needed or no hope.

Annette, it took me a while to nail the ID of V2. Can be a close call with the blues. V1 gave me a problem too. I initially thought Orange Emigrant or Lemon Emigrant.

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I hope youíve all had a good week Smile


Andrew

Tags: Extension tubes Butterfly Insect Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Cycad blue Chilades pandava pandava Plains cupid

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Comments


mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
10 Jan 2014 3:41PM
Yep,been through the wars this one Andrew.
Bound to effect its flying performance I think !!
(And make sure mum takes her pills.I got into a lot of difficulties in the past failing to take mines !!)
Mick.

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10 Jan 2014 3:42PM
A great set of images, well captured Smile
Brian J.
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 3:49PM
Love the pov on V1 Andrew, great immaginative shot. Hope the folks are OK. GrinGrinGrin Peter.
CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
10 Jan 2014 3:54PM
The pov of V.1 just has to be my fave, Andrew, I love taking images of butterflies face-on, and this is super. What a tatty fella he is, just think how stunning he would look in the versions if he were in pristine condition Smile A super set of captures, and do wish your mum all the best for a speedy recovery. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 3:57PM
I'm with Carol and Mollycat about V1. The others are excellent full body shots of this feisty little survivor.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
10 Jan 2014 4:03PM
Your butterfly images here are outstanding-- Yes, he has been hit by some aggressive insects---they seem to manage quite well for awhile, the colors and comps are wonderful!
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 4:09PM
wonderful set andrew brilliant detail belting colours v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy
beautiful set. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 4:23PM
Certainly been through the wars this one
and has to be V1 and then V4
butterflies now eh??
lillian
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 4:31PM
He really has suffered a bit - but hopefully he can still fly. What a pity as he's such a beautiful creature. Love your v1 Andrew! Smile
vickyf 11 8 8 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 4:54PM
Glorious set but V1 is the definite winner for me Smile
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
10 Jan 2014 5:03PM
Lovely set Andrew - especially version 1.

Ken
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 5:25PM
Great composition in V1.

Phil.
Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 5:32PM
Now I think you will know my fave is V1 Andrew......so comical GrinGrinGrin Love the expression, if butterflies have expressions...................................... what am I on about TongueTongue of course they doGrin
The other versions are great too mind, love the colours in the bg of V2 and in V3 he looks like he is saying "you still hereTongue"....he clearly has had enough by V4SadGrin
Best wishes to your Mum and DadSmile
Diane
10 Jan 2014 6:28PM
What a good set Andrew, but my favourite has to be #1 because of the superb use of dof, and because you cannot see the battered wings! Thoughts / prayers with your MUm and Dad (and you too!)

Mike
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
10 Jan 2014 6:52PM
4 very good images of this 'moth eaten' ButterflyWink. V1 is excellent!!
TonyDy Plus
8 5 2 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 7:20PM
I echo all the previous comments.
Tony
10 Jan 2014 7:27PM
wonderful set beautifully done
10 Jan 2014 7:48PM
Goodness it has been through the wars hasn't it - a bit like your family by the sounds of it. I hope that everyone gets better, though I don't hold out much hope for the butterfly! Beautiful shots you've taken of it though - want to see more of these images!
ColleenA Plus
4 322 4 Australia
10 Jan 2014 8:22PM
Great set Andrew.....V1 is priceless.....glad your dad is ok..we are finally home
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 9:06PM
These are excellent Andrew and no hesitation on giving you my UA, this is some of the best work I have seen from you.SmileSmile
Hope things improve with Mum and Dad.
10 Jan 2014 11:10PM
Awww Andrew, this is a wonderful set. Such lovely details and great use of dof.
Johanna
10 Jan 2014 11:50PM
Poor little thing. It is amazing how they cope. Your poor mum. I had bronchitis last year. Not very nice but hopefully the antibiotics will kick in. Cathy
11 Jan 2014 9:09AM
Beautiful shots Andrew, can't pick just one, love them all Smile
Jan
CaroleS Plus
6 424 3 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2014 9:12AM
What a tattered butterfly, has done well to survive - I like V3, doesn't that Pen do well!!! Loving mine, tested it out for all sorts over the last week and it does so wellSmileSmileSmile
A super set Andrew, hope you parents are improving now.
Carole
11 Jan 2014 3:45PM
Super set Andrew, love the colours in V4

John Smile
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
12 Jan 2014 7:40PM
A cracking set of images of this battle scarred little butterfly, it looks as though it has had a close encounter with a bird. V1 is the pick of this set as I like the angle you've taken it from. Your next challenge is to find a pristine specimen of this species. If you know what type it is you should be able to find out on the internet where to locate it and what type of plants it favours, which should make tracking it down that much easier
12 Jan 2014 8:48PM
Fabulous set of images
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
13 Jan 2014 10:28PM

Quote:A cracking set of images of this battle scarred little butterfly, it looks as though it has had a close encounter with a bird. V1 is the pick of this set as I like the angle you've taken it from. Your next challenge is to find a pristine specimen of this species. If you know what type it is you should be able to find out on the internet where to locate it and what type of plants it favours, which should make tracking it down that much easier

Ed, they are all over the place, the malaysian version of the common blue... found one even in a roof garden (uploaded about 3 months ago) not difficult to get a pristine one but I have not seen them in such a scarecrow state.
a miracle it is still flying!! Well spotted Andrew Smile
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
14 Jan 2014 2:08PM

Quote:A cracking set of images of this battle scarred little butterfly, it looks as though it has had a close encounter with a bird. V1 is the pick of this set as I like the angle you've taken it from. Your next challenge is to find a pristine specimen of this species. If you know what type it is you should be able to find out on the internet where to locate it and what type of plants it favours, which should make tracking it down that much easier


Ah! So it was most likely a bird! I couldn't figure what did it.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
14 Jan 2014 2:09PM

Quote:A cracking set of images of this battle scarred little butterfly, it looks as though it has had a close encounter with a bird. V1 is the pick of this set as I like the angle you've taken it from. Your next challenge is to find a pristine specimen of this species. If you know what type it is you should be able to find out on the internet where to locate it and what type of plants it favours, which should make tracking it down that much easier



Quote:Ed, they are all over the place, the malaysian version of the common blue... found one even in a roof garden (uploaded about 3 months ago) not difficult to get a pristine one but I have not seen them in such a scarecrow state.
a miracle it is still flying!! Well spotted Andrew Smile



Annette is spot-on. They are very common and most are pristine. It just so happened this fella was in my brother's garden so I took pictures of him...and I like how they turned out so I decided to put 'em up Smile

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