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Blue Pansy



According to the Online Encyclopedia, the Blue Pansy (Junoniya orithya wallacei) maintains its territory by driving away other butterflies that enters the area.
This explains why there have been many butterflies fluttering by but they don't stop and pose at the flowers for me.
I had thought it was the praying mantes that have been frightening them away.
Well, who knows, there could be many reasons why butterflies keep playing hide and seek with me.


Notice the blue in its wings changes to purple from an angle?




The blue pansy's wings are kind of torn and tattered.
Has the praying mantis above been nibbling them off?



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43 comments:

  1. These are beautiful captures! We've been slow to see many butterflies this season. Maybe it's just too dry. Interesting how they are still able to fly so well with tattered wings...

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  2. Wow, and when it closes its wings, they are brown! So much like the Blue Morph butterfly of Central America, which I had so much trouble photographing.
    The Blue Pansy is beautiful.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  3. Your Blue Pansy is a pretty fellow. I read where many butterflies are territorial and will drive off competitors. Maybe your Blue Pansy did battle and this is the battle wounds. I always found this a bit humorous that they actually drive each other off. They do not look or seem likely to be combative.

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  4. really beautiful sooc shots!! :)

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  5. I love how butterflies wings can be totally different on the outside from what they look like on the inside! I've never heard of blue pansies. I thought this post was about a flower and was wondering how you'd gotten it to grow in such a tropical spot!! :o)

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  6. It is quite contradictory:

    I take pictures of Cycad Blue, but cycad plants have then been their victims.

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  7. poor butterfly, very lovely but combative, but i haven't seen it here yet. I am glad you did not put it for Kiasu, as i wont have some to post. Maybe next time i will post those i took at KL Butterfly Garden few years ago!

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  8. Beautiful butterfly and pretty flower. I love the different colors.

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  9. What wonderful photographs and a fascinating post...

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  10. Lovely and great shots, such a wonderful design pity cant see the purple.

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  11. The tiny white and yellow butterflies in my garden are too active and alert for me to snap photos! You have lovely butterflies in your garden One and they are so readily pose for your camera.

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  13. These photos are wonderful! The blue pansy is the only butterfly (among the pansies)I have not seen. It's very beautiful and I love the way you've caught the angles and the colours.

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  14. interesting photos. loved those butterflies.

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  15. great capture on the butterflies:) woot!

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  16. Now that is one little beauty especially when it opens its wings with a very apt name aswell. Last year I noticed some of the wings of our butterflies had notches taken out of them aswell though I don't know the reason.


    Regards my long exposure shot - I'm not so sure what type of camera you have but if you have a fireworks setting and choose the longest time the shutter opens for you could use that. As long as you have the camera on something still or on a tripod the images would come out sharp. I got my youngest to also come in and shake the light alittle to give it more movement hence the lights look like ribbons.

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  17. Interesting they change colours in different angle. I have pansy but the flower not butterfly;-).

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  18. Gorgeous little flutterfy!

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  19. Ooh lovely capture of that cute butterfly! By the way, am your new fan. Am now following your blog. Please feel free to follow mine! Thanks! *hugs*

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  20. Lovely butterflies - the first pic is wonderful.

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  21. Very nice!

    Butterflies and flowers, two of my favourite things

    Christy

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  22. Terrific captures for today. I had no idea that butterflies may be territorial! It's good to learn something new.

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  23. The mantis and the butterfly makes an odd couple. While pansy is having dinner on the yellow cosmos, mantis is daydreaming or sunbathing.

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  24. I have never seen this butterfly; probably we don't have them in this part of the world. But it is stunning! As always, your photos are superb.

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  25. Great shots! This is a very beautiful butterfly :)

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  26. Lovely photos as always Onezz

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  27. this butterfly is beautiful! fabulous series of shots.

    Mellow Yellow Monday

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  28. What a awseome photos, love the butterfly ;o)

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  29. Very pretty. Nice shots. It seems amazing they can fly at all, even more so with tattered wings.

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  30. Stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Very pretty. I will welcome them, if they don't lay eggs- my gardenia is going to botak lor.

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  32. I thought your post is of the pansy flower!
    Beautiful butterfly, gorgeous colour. "Your" butterflies are much prettier than the ones at National Science Centre! And really limited varieties too at NCS! Ever thought of starting a butterfly garden, right in Onenezz? I'll book the first tickets! :)

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  33. Very nice.... Last week one banana plant was the home of many large green caterpillars.... I let them have their meal. I wonder if they are of Pancy clan...

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  34. Love your butterfly pictures. You have such different ones than the ones we have. They seem quite exotic.

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  35. It's interesting that something so pretty could be aggressive enough to drive away all other butterflies.

    These are very nice shots, by the way. The butterflies' wings look so satiny.

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  36. I do love your butterfly shots!

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  37. As always, you've posted beautiful pictures. I love the butterfly shots!

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