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Eastern Tailed Blue

Cupido comyntas

Description:

A small butterfly with pitch-black eyes, white body and wings that appear brown or blue in different lighting conditions, or maybe I'm just imaging that...?

Habitat:

Usually on plants or flowers in or near mowed grass This was on a trail surrounded by woods and fairly close to fresh water lakes and marshland

Notes:

A small butterfly that I usually see oscillating or rubbing its wings together. Why I wondered and finally found a possible answer here: http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/But...

1 Species ID Suggestions

LuckyLogan
LuckyLogan 6 years ago
Eastern Tailed Blue
Cupido comyntas


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6 Comments

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

DanielePralong-Thank you so much! Us too. Augh! I jumped into road construction in September so fell really far behind in my editing of last summer's images, let alone posting them here. Hopefully I'll be done before next summer... "-)))

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Lovely series Janelle, well documented. It's nice to see butterflies from last summer being posted now. I'm still snowed in and although I love winter I've had it by now :-)

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

LuckyLogan-You're too kind, thank you! Here's a link: http://eyeoncostarica.blogspot.com/2013/... The underside of the wing is quite bland in comparison the the top side you see in flight. Unfortunately I was in Costa Rica (Osa Peninsula) back in 1999, prior to finding my great love of insects so didn't spend much time trying to get images of it. I also shot in 35 mm film back then and the digital scanning I had done on my film was less than ideal (low resolution) or I'd share what I did get there, here on PN. I would love nothing more than to get back there some day with a 500 mm lens and a macro lens...God willing. For now I'd just settle for getting some really good images of the male Eastern Tailed Blue. They really do remind me of a much smaller version of the Blue Morpho I saw there. :-)))

LuckyLogan
LuckyLogan 6 years ago

With your photo skills, I'm sure once you get a picture of a blue male it will be amazing. Is the butterfly you saw in Costa Rica a blue morpho? Those are absolutely stunning.

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

Thank you so much, LuckyLogan!! I wondered about that and started questioning my own eyes. "-) I would sooo love to capture the blue of the males in this species some day. They remind me of this pretty, blue butterfly I saw down in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica back in 1999, though that one was 20 times larger...same iridescent, eye-catching blue but only on the inside of the wings; the outside looked rather bland.

LuckyLogan
LuckyLogan 6 years ago

Because of the dark inner color, you can tell that this is a female. Males have the most beautiful blue inner wing color.

JanelleL.Streed
Spotted by
JanelleL.Streed

Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Jun 25, 2013
Submitted on Feb 17, 2014

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