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John Dicus | all galleries >> The Lower 48 States, Continental USA >> Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Oct-Dec, 2004 > Dusky-blue Groundstreak
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Dusky-blue Groundstreak
24-OCT-2004 John Dicus

Dusky-blue Groundstreak

Calycopis isobeon

This was a species we found periodically during our time in south Texas. The blue color you can see in this image is from the dorsal surface of the wing on the far side away from the lens. Like many other lycaenid butterflies, dusky-blue groundstreaks rub their wings together to distract predators to their false antennae (tails, or hairstreaks) on the hindwings. If a predator attacks, they are likely to bite away part of a wing, allowing the butterfly to make its escape.

Nikon D70 ,Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM
1/160s f/9.0 at 185.0mm with Flash full exif

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