I know this has been long overdue in that I've been saying I'll do a post on my lycaenids for over more than a week now but well, I guess other interesting things kept coming up and I kept attending to them first! It just goes to show that you should never put off tomorrow what you can do today! I mean whose to say something better won't come along tomorrow right? Anyway I'm not going to put it off anymore, even though the most exciting thing happened today (I finally got my leaf insect lodging with me!!!! but more on that later). Anyway, I'm just going to combine like two lycaenid posts into one to make up for lost time. So first up is this latest addition to my collection. Chilades Pandava or the Plains Cupid. This is actually a pretty remarkable butterfly in terms of colour although most people often overlook them because of their small size and dull-upper coloring. Unlike other lycaenids though, this one has tiny antenna-like tails at the end of this hindwings, near the false eyespots, possibly to deter predators from attacking the real head of the butterfly.
|Brown underside of Plains Cupid (Chilades Pandava)|
|Brilliant blue upperside, Plains Cupid (Chilades Pandava)|
|Size and colour comparison of Plains Cupid (Chilades Pandava) and Pale Grass Blue (Pseudozizeeria Maha)|
|Pale Grass Blue species variants|
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