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« Reply #285 on: April 22, 2019, 08:56:27 PM »

Fabulous photographs, Calilasseia and Pat.  Beautiful critters.
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« Reply #286 on: May 15, 2019, 03:16:24 PM »

Latest butterfly: Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi ... and yes, it's posing for a photo whilst resting on my finger Smiley

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« Reply #287 on: May 15, 2019, 03:17:14 PM »

Another specimen of Green Hairstreak ...


* Green Hairstreak Specimen 3 SJ 5932 6854 2019 05 12 No 3.JPG (545.21 KB, 1600x1200 - viewed 42 times.)
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« Reply #288 on: May 15, 2019, 03:17:55 PM »

... and the extreme close up ... Smiley


* Green Hairstreak Specimen 3 SJ 5932 6854 2019 05 12 No 7.JPG (464.49 KB, 1600x1200 - viewed 42 times.)
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« Reply #289 on: May 15, 2019, 03:18:36 PM »

Second specimen sitting on my finger ...


* Green Hairstreak Specimen 4 SJ 5932 6854 2019 05 12 No 2.JPG (537.42 KB, 1600x1200 - viewed 42 times.)
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« Reply #290 on: May 16, 2019, 12:53:41 AM »

Gorgeous colours!
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« Reply #291 on: May 16, 2019, 03:04:31 AM »

My garden in Thailand is full of wonderful butterflies most of the year round;
what I want to know is how to get them to come and sit on your finger?
Believe me, I've tried many times. They just don't want to know.
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« Reply #292 on: May 16, 2019, 06:37:56 AM »

Beautiful little butterfly. And great photos.
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« Reply #293 on: May 16, 2019, 09:37:11 AM »

My garden in Thailand is full of wonderful butterflies most of the year round;
what I want to know is how to get them to come and sit on your finger?
Believe me, I've tried many times. They just don't want to know.

In the case of your species in Thailand, you may find that dipping your finger in salt water makes them more receptive. There's a reason for this.

Basically, many tropical butterflies seek salt sources to tap into, because they live in environments where salt is relatively scarce, and doesn't migrate up their part of the food web in sufficient quantities to keep them osmotically balanced if they don't seek additional sources thereof. One major source of salt for such butterflies, is the urine of various large mammals. Whenever a large mammal urinates on the ground, butterflies of numerous species flock to the spot, and drink the urine to obtain salt.

As a corollary, if you dip your finger in salt water, you'll find that a good many tropical butterflies will happily sit on your finger drinking the salt water from your finger, and you can take photos of them while they're doing this. Of course, you need to exercise a certain gentle touch coaxing them to climb on to your finger in the first place, but the moment they sense the presence of salt on your finger, they'll become much easier to persuade in this regard.

This tip should work for butterflies right across the tropics.

Best time to try this is early in the morning, before the sun has warmed them up properly, and they're still relatively docile. Try this on a hot afternoon when they're active, and you'll simply experience more frustration, unless they're really desperate for the salt.

In the case of my Green Hairstreaks, they were still docile because they hadn't warmed up properly, and were willing to climb onto my finger until the sun had warmed them up. Once they were warmed up, however, it was "Game Over". Cheesy
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« Reply #294 on: May 16, 2019, 10:58:51 AM »

Thanks for the tips, especially the ones about the best time of day to attract them.
We have three dogs, and they have the freedom of the garden, so no shortage of urine.
Salt water. Thais don't use very much salt; they use fish-sauce instead. It's incredibly salty. I wonder if that will work?
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