Butterfly: Common Grass Blue

I had no idea how beautiful these butterflies are until I looked at this one through the lens of the Nikon D3000.  I found it difficult to focus with the sunny glare of the mint flowers. I was using the Nikon on auto, so I had to wait until the little black square/s showed up in the right places.  I guess I will learn how to adjust things once I apply myself.

common grass blue butterfly on mint blossom
common grass blue butterfly on mint blossom

 

Wikipedia says …

Zizina labradus, commonly known as the Common Grass Blue, Grass Blue, or Clover Blue, is a small Australian butterfly of the Lycaenidae family.

The wingspans of females are slightly larger than males, females having a wingspan of 23 mm and males 20 mm

 

common grass blue butterfly on mint blossom

 

Another website informed me that the females have more of the grey wash over the blue  than the male and have wider brown wing margins – so I reckon this is a female.

 

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I love the silvery sheen.

Have a good day, and thanks for looking.  🙂

 

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. sue says:

    Very pretty young lady. Is she iridescent & shimmery or just a colour with wash of alternate colour?

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    1. ChristineR says:

      She is shimmery on the body, as in the photo, but not noticeably so with the naked eye, Sue.

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  2. They ARE glam. Great photos, Christine. 😉 ❤

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      1. You are welcome, Christine.

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  3. Elizabeth says:

    Great photo Christine, love the background contrast!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thank you Elizabeth.

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  4. Aunt Beulah says:

    You have such an eye for the small wonders of our world, Christine. I enjoy the way you celebrate them and educate us about them. Lovely.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thank you Janet.

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