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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Topaz Blue (Azanus jesous)

Topaz Blue (Azanus jesous) family Lycaenidae

These are very small hairtails and very difficult to get pictures of as they do not land for any amount of time on one spot so by the time you get your camera focused, they are gone again. J The trials and tribulations of being an insect photographer. LOL!!

However, patience plays a big part in all of this and sooner or later, the chance to take the shot comes along. I noticed that it seemed to like one particular piece of brick – I think it was getting moisture out of the crack – and after laying in wait for a long time, got these few shots of it.

They are common throughout most of SA.