Menagerie Monday: Common Grass Blue

Three weeks ago, while hanging out with (while maintaining distance from) Squiddy and her two grands, she noticed a very small butterfly in one of the adjacent bushes. I was able to get one decent image before it moved on to hopefully-as-green pastures and to identify it as a Small Grass Blue (Zizina otis, subspecies labradus). Apparently they are pretty common, though I can’t remember seeing one before. I’m looking for another whenever I’m outside now, but this is the only one I’ve seen so far. (Enlarge with a click.)

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15 Responses to Menagerie Monday: Common Grass Blue

  1. Vicki says:

    A very attractive blue. With the foliage contrast, looks like it would be easy to spot again if one visits. I meant to ask the other day……are you and CD living in an urban setting or a country environment? You might have said before and I’ve forgotten.

    • krikitarts says:

      We’re moderately urban, on a quiet no-exit street with a somewhat more-generous-than-usual garden, right next-door to Squiddy & family and a 25-minute walk from Batty & family. Pretty ideal, we think!

  2. Ms. Liz says:

    You captured the detail beautifully. Such a lovely soft blue.

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful portrait, my friend >>> and in any case I’m a great butterfly fan! Though we seem to have far fewer around here now than I (seem to) recall from my youth. :)

  4. “Squiddy and her two grands” presents an interesting semantic question. Unless I’m misconstruing, I take it the two grandchildren are yours via her, rather than her grandchildren. English should allow us to say, but doesn’t, something like “her my two grands.”

  5. The blues are beautiful especially against the green. Very finely done!

  6. One opportunity and you nailed it, Gary. Blues are such lovely little flutterers.

  7. bluebrightly says:

    Our blues have just begun flying – I love them! It’s no easy feat to photograph them. Beautiful!

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