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Tiny Grass Blue

Zizula hylax


A pair of Tiny Grass Blue mating in my garden where host plants are plentiful. The larger one with the brownish upper wing is the female. The male's upper wing is blue. Usually they stay still while mating, but in this pair she seemed to be trying to get away! She twisted all around the leaf pulling the poor male with her. You can see the male hanging on for dear life in the top photo.


Rural garden in tropical thorn forest area

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pamsai 12 months ago

thanks SukanyaDatta. I have never heard that name before either, and sorry, I didn't check wikipedia.

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Wikipedia does list that name :)

pamsai a year ago

thank you grade-78-science4. Where is this butterfly called Gaika Blue? I haven't heard that name before.

pamsai a year ago

thanks Mark and Antonio. My comments are not registering, sorry. Think it must be the dodgy internet here... 3rd time I've tried to post this !

pamsai a year ago

thanks armadeus.4

grade-78-science4 a year ago

Zizula hylax, the Gaika blue or tiny grass blue is a species of blue butterfly.

Beautiful capture Pam,perfect for the day :-) congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

pamsai a year ago

thank you Daniele for the SOTD for these 2 tiny butterflies. Posted this 3 times, but it keeps disappearing. But then my internet at the moment is diabolical ! They may be flying somewhere in cyber space now !

pamsai a year ago

uploaded 2 more photos...

armadeus.4 a year ago

Congratulations Pam! Thank you for sharing :)

pamsai a year ago

Zizula hyrax...haha, must be my Japanese daughter-in-law rubbing off on me !! Sorry, didn't notice it before, but I've corrected it.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Great shot. Congratulations.

DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Pam, this is our Valentine's Spotting of the Day!
You may want to correct the scientific name: Zizula hylax


pamsai a year ago

thank you Daniele. Yes I should have posted this on the 14th. I forgot about Valentines Day !

DanielePralong a year ago

We might keep this for Valentine's Day :-)
Great picture Pam!

Tamil Nadu, India

Lat: 12.24, Long: 79.02

Spotted on Feb 7, 2017
Submitted on Feb 10, 2017

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