Cassius Blue Butterfly Leptotes cassius
Cassius Blue Butterfly nectars on Phila nodiflora
Cassius Blue Butterfly nectars on Phyla nodiflora:
 
These tiny Cassius Blue Butterflies are very very small. The photo below of one sitting on my hand illustrates just how little they are (wide view and close-up of same image).

They live on my Plumbago where they are a constant whir of activity.  They make occasional visits to my Phyla nodiflora to sip nectar.

Cassius Blue Butterfly rests on my hand
Cassius Blue Butterfly Caterpillar (larvae)
Cassius Blue Caterpillar (larvae):
The Cassius Blue caterpillar is even smaller, and extremely hard to find. It looks a lot like the tiny leaves at the base of the Plumbago flower, which I suspect works to camouflage it from potential predators. It has a darker green line down the center, and when its head is tucked in underneath, the dark spots on top appear to be eyes, probably to scare predators away.
The caterpillar is on a bit of Plumbago stem on the flower petal on the dime. I put that in to illustrate how tiny they are. Do you see the caterpillar in the flower picture below?
The male Cassius Blue Butterfly is investigating the female. See how his wings are blue all the way across the top?
Close-up of caterpillar:
Cassius Blue Butterfly
Cassius Blue caterpillar on plumbago leaf on a dime
Cassius Blue
Cassius Blue caterpillar on plumbago
...and there it goes, crawling out of the picture I set up again. Ok, enough caterpillar pictures I guess.

Next, the caterpillar makes a chrysalis:

Cassius Blue Chrysalis
Cassius Blue Butterfly male and female
Cassius Blue Larvae
I caught this pair and very slowly coaxed them onto my finger for a photo shoot because the plant they were perched on was blowing so badly in the breeze that I couldn't get a picture.
Cassius Blue Larvae
Cassius Blue Chrysalis
Cassius Blue Butterfly
Cassius Blue Butterfly
mating pair of Cassius Blue Butterflies
mating pair of Cassius Blue Butterflies on my finger
Cassius Blue Butterfly
Cassius Blue Butterfly
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