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Chalkhill Blue

Lysandra coridon

Description:

This male Chalkhill Blue attached it self to the handle of one my walking sticks and hiked with me for a good 15 minutes. Sweat is attractive to butterflies, where they will obtain nutrients such as salt.

Habitat:

A rocky path going though an alpine meadow, alt. 1800 m ASL. This butterfly favours chalk and limestone slopes, and sites grazed by sheep or cattle. This butterfly is found from lowlands right up to high in the mountains.

Notes:

Male butterflies benefit from sodium uptake as it seems to increase their reproductive success. Sodium and amino acids are often transferred to the female with the spermatophore during mating as a nuptial gift. This nutrition also enhances the survival rate of eggs.

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16 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks KrantiAzad, Mona and Sandra!

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 7 years ago

very gorgeous !!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

That's so beautiful... Very nice photograps.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Jolly! It wouldn't let go and I was delighted :-)

SandraPereira
SandraPereira 7 years ago

Beauty

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 7 years ago

Beautiful series Daniele. Looks like he likes you!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you J and Mayra!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

So beautiful Daniele!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Lovely spotting, Daniele!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Dan! I can't believe this was only 3 weeks ago, and now there's virtually nothing left on the wing...

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Awesome macro! What a beauty. So lucky he hung around for a while, love it when that happens!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Atul and Arlanda! On the first shot you can see how the proboscis has gone right into the handle's foam padding!

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Nice spotting!

Atul
Atul 8 years ago

Awesome .... loved the info :-))

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Great spotting and details. Loved the fourth pic.

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Leytron, Valais - Wallis, Switzerland

Spotted on Sep 7, 2012
Submitted on Sep 24, 2012

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