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Imperial Hairstreak butterfly

Posted by
Ernest (Sydney, Australia) on 16 February 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I saw the butterfly and the Larvae living with the ants together on a tree. Larvae that are frequently attended by ants. (Corner of the photo). This is the first time I saw them together. These are called myrmecophilous ('ant-loving') associations. - See more at: http://australianmuseum.net.au/lycaenid-butterflies-and-ants#sthash.HxoL14qy.dpuf

NIKON D7000 1/160 second F/9.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)