My situation got worst because my airconditioning unit has to be pulled-out by the technician to be repaired. And i need to wait for maybe one week to have my room temperature be colder again. Oh life, how sad! But i will post my photos taken the other week when i was at home in the province.
ZEBRA BLUE OR PLUMBAGO BLUE
Leptotes plinius leopardus Schultze 1910
Lycaenidae; Lycaeninae; Polyommatini
I have spotted this butterfly only a few months ago in another site, this time it was in the "sanctuary". I enclosed it in quotation marks because i just coined that word for this place. There were a few of them there, transferring from this broad-leaf weed to another clump of a white flowered weed. I never knew then what the weed's ID is.
upper side of the female
female and male courting
Seeing a few of them there early in the morning gave me an idea that a host plant maybe nearby. They did not fly far from the area, only going back and forth to two group of plants. I suspected that they are the host plants, until i see one in action. One below is actually ovipositing on the cluster of flower buds.
caught in action, ovipositing on Plumbago zeylanica
can you see 2 spherical eggs, one on top more mature
I searched among the buds, in between them and in everything there. I was not able to see any larvae but a few tiny eggs, which my lens cannot capture well. Those protrusions on the buds are sticky and maybe they camouflage there perfectly, as the protrusions look like small eggs.
more scrutinizing gave me a pupa, side view, it looks like one of the protruding fruit of the plant
clearer view of the pupa side view, showing design of the wing, it hangs downwards
top view of the pupa, tail on top
a better view of the pupa
It is difficult to see any pupa there without really looking intently. Maybe a magnifying glass will help, but i do not have it yet. I actually look at the picture in my camera to see whether i already got it right, then take lots of photos to choose better angles. My naked eyes, not so 20:20 vision, is not good anymore for their size.
Above is the thicket of the Plumbago zeylanica. Actually, i only realized the connection after identifying the plant, which came in a few days after. How clever, the butterfly is named Plumbago Blue. It is one of the blues and hosted by Plumbago zeylanica.
Lastly, i took the pupa home to be sure if it is really a Plumbago Blue. Unfortunately, i forgot to take it with me when i left for the city where i work. Ialways texted my sister at home for the progress of the pupa. She just observed it got darker in color. Lo and behold, after a week of observation it eclosed, but when she was about to photograph it, it just duddenly flew away! She was disappointed too, but confirmed that what she observed is the same as my photos.