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Chalkhill Blue

Lysandra coridon


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.


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.


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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DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks KrantiAzad, Mona and Sandra!

KrantiAzad 8 years ago

very gorgeous !!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

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

DanielePralong 8 years ago

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

SandraPereira 8 years ago


Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Beautiful series Daniele. Looks like he likes you!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you J and Mayra!

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

So beautiful Daniele!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Lovely spotting, Daniele!

DanielePralong 9 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 9 years ago

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

DanielePralong 9 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 9 years ago

Nice spotting!

Atul 9 years ago

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

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Great spotting and details. Loved the fourth pic.

Spotted by

Leytron, Valais - Wallis, Switzerland

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

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