Blue on green and red

Vidyun R Hebbar's Image

Vidyun was photographing leaves in his school playground when he spied this resting cycad blue butterfly. He moved up close to capture its pattern – a short, white-tipped tail on each hindwing.

This small species – also known as a plains cupid – is often found in gardens and parks. Unlike most of its close relatives, whose larvae feed on a diversity of plants, cycad blue caterpillars feed almost exclusively on cycads, one of the world’s oldest plant groups.

Behind the lens

Vidyun R Hebbar

Vidyun R Hebbar


Vidyun is a keen photographer who loves photographing tiny creatures – spiders in particular – in the streets, parks and gardens near his home in the city of Bengaluru. He first featured in the competition when he was just eight.

Image details

  • Nikon D5000
  • 85mm f1.8 lens
  • 1/2000 sec at f4  •   ISO 200
  • Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
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