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    Shot this grass blue this morning but having problem identifying it .

    1. From the attached composite we can rule out Zizina otis lampa ( Lesser Grass Blue ), as spots at space 6 & 7 is not aligned .

    2. Fore and Hind wing marginal spots ruled out Zizeeria maha seica ( Pale Grass Blue)

    3. Though it conforms to the general layout of markings on both under wings of Zizula hylax pygmaea ( Pygmy Grass Blue ) , there are a number of aberrations as indicated by the arrows.

    What do you think??



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    To me, the submarginal lines on both wings suggest a heavily marked Zizula hylax pygmaea. Nice minor aberration.

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    Agreed. It is probably Z. hylax. Strangely the ID mark of hylax the costal spot in space 11 is missing.

    What puzzled me now is where is Zizeeria karsandra in Singapore. C&P4 states it is most commonly seen in Kedawi & Singapore.
    It is practically identical with Z. maha except for pale submarginal spots.
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    Thank Les and Seow for the inputs !

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    Dr. Seow,

    Could this be the elusive Zizeeria Karsandra we are looking for ?

    Photo courtesy of Catherine Guan





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    It is Zizula hylax.

    Zizeeria Karsandra is similar to Z. maha ie FW with a cell spot.
    In addtion the submarginal spots are pale while the FW postdiscal spots are dark.



    TL Seow

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    Thanks Dr. Seow !
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    Dr Seow, could these two be Zizeeria Karsandra?

    Taken in 2006 when I first started butterfly photography in my backyard.
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    Comparison. Also Zizeeria karsandra, just that shot in Taiwan 2 years ago.





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