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Ob Khan NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Geometridae
Genus : Dysphania
Species : Dysphania militaris

This large moth is often mistaken for a butterfly due to its bright yellow colour and attractive markings. It flies during the day and has a wingspan of around 80-90mm. It is found in India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China, but it is reasonable to assume that it may be present in Myanmar and Laos also. It is often seen puddling on damp ground or on the edge of rivers and streams.
The known larval food plant is Carallia sp., a small tree in the Rhizophoraceae family but there may be other foodplants as well.

All my insect pics are single, handheld shots of live insects.

Tags:   moth polilla Motte falena มอด мотылек 蛾 koi møll animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Geometridae Dysphania militaris wildlife Ob Khan NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand

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Plateau des Gras, Bidon, Ardèche, France

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Satyrinae
Species : Hipparchia fidia

This species has a very localised distribution in Spain, Portugal, southern France, northern-western Italy, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. With its distinctive zigzag markings it is probably the most attractive of the grayling species and is medium to large size with a wingspan of around 50-55mm. Although it is quite large it is not easy to spot as the zigzag wing pattern breaks up the shape of the butterfly and is a very effective camouflage. It also likes to hide in the shade of bushes, making it even more difficult to find. It is rare to find them in the open and this guy didn't stay there for more than a couple of seconds.
Habitat is usually very hot places that are shrubby and stony at altitudes from sea level up to 1400m asl. Flight period is from early July to late September. When sitting in the sun it will angle its wings so that it avoids casting a shadow that would give away its presence to potential predators. This position also minimises its heat intake. The larvae feed on various grasses in the Poaceae family such as Brachypodium sp., Festuca elegans, and Stripa gigantea. They hibernate through the winter and wake to start feeding again in the Spring.

All my insect pics are single, handheld shots of live insects in wild situations.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Hipparchia fidia Striped Grayling Satyrinae wildlife Ardèche Plateau des Gras Bidon live insects France

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Lower Moor Farm NR, Wiltshire, U.K.

Family : Libellulidae
Subfamily : Libellulinae
Species : Libellula quadrimaculata

Something different just for today. Close-up portrait of a Four-spotted Chaser.

As usual taken by a handheld single shot of a live subject in the wild with my normal 105mm micro lens.

Tags:   dragonfly libellule libellula แมลงปอ 蜻蜓 стрекоза animal outdoor insect Odonata macro nature Libellulidae Libellula quadrimaculata Four-spotted Chaser Vierfleck Ruskohukankorento Fyrfläckad trollslända Viervlek Libellulinae wildlife Lower Moor Farm NR Wiltshire live insects UK

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family: Pieridae
Sub-Family : Pierinae
Species: Delias agostina agostina

A medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 50-60mm. It is distributed from India, through Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and southern China. It is generally not common and is found in forested habitats at altitudes of up to 2800m in some places. It is sexually dimorphic with the upper wing surfaces being much darker in the female than in the male. However, the upper wings are rarely seen as, like most Pieridae species, it closes its wings immediately on landing and only opens them again when it takes off. Both sexes nectar on flowers and males are avid puddlers.
The larval foodplant is not known as far as I know but it could be a Loranthus species like some of the other Delias butterflies.

All my insect pics are single, handheld shots of live insects in wild situations.

Tags:   butterfly mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Pieridae Delias agostina Yellow Jezebel Pierinae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อหนอนกาฝากเหลือง

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Lamnamkok NP, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Lycaeninae
Species : Heliophorus epicles latilimbata

Distributed widely from Nepal, through India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, northern Thailand, Laos, and southern China. It is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 22-27mm. Although this picture shows the attractive yellow and red underwings, this species gets its common name from the male upperwings which are brown with large purple areas and some marginal orange markings on the hindwings. Habitat is sunlit forest edges and scrub up to around 2000m asl. Males are very territorial and defend their territory vigorously.
Not much appears to be known about the lifecycle of this species but the larval foodplant in Thailand is Polygonum chinense (Chinese Knotweed), a member of the Polygonaceae family.

All my insect pics are single, handheld shots of live insects.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Heliophorus epicles Common Purple Sapphire Lycaeninae wildlife Lamnamkok NP Chiang Rai live insects Thailand ผีเสื้อขมิ้นกับปูนธรรมดา


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