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Acres Down, New Forest, Hampshire, UK

Family : Cordulegastridae
Subfamily : Cordulegastrinae
Species : Cordulegaster boltonii

A large impressive dragonfly with a length of 75-85mm, the female being larger than the male. The wingspan is around 100mm from wing tip to wing tip. It is a very widespread species that is found throughout most of Europe (including the north), Russia, Iran, and reportedly as far away as Canada. In some places it is quite common, flying between May and October, and peaking
in the midsummer months.
It breeds in acidic rivers and streams and uses a variety of other habitat for hunting including open moorland, heaths, and small woodland. The female lays her eggs in shallow water and the larvae live and feed in the silt for up to five years before emerging
as an adult.

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

Tags:   dragonfly libélula libellule Libelle 蜻蜓 стрекоза animal outdoor insect Odonata macro nature Cordulegastridae Cordulegaster boltonii Common Goldenring Zweigestreifte Quelljungfer Cordulégastre annelé Kungstrollslända Gewone bronlibel Cordulegastrinae wildlife New Forest Hampshire live insects UK

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Mae Kampong, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Hesperiidae
Sub-Family : Pyrginae
Species : Pseudocoladenia dan fabia

Distribution of Pseudocoladenia dan is restricted to South and South-East Asia only, namely in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and Taiwan. It is a small and fast flying skipper with a wingspan of 30-36mm. It is essentially a forest dwelling species and is usually found in well shaded areas near a stream. It is often seen flying erratically around low foliage, occasionally stopping for nectar and sometimes pausing to bask in a patch of sunshine. I have observed males puddling on patches of damp ground and also feeding on bird droppings
Larval foodplants are Achyranthes aspera, Cyathula prostrata (Amaranthaceae<), and Mimosa pudica (Fabaceae). Eggs are laid singly on the upper surface of a leaf on the host plant. It takes 4 days for the egg to hatch and initially the caterpillar is an orangy colour but soon turns greenish as it starts to consume its leaf diet. After 5 instars and 27-29 days it pupates and seven days later the adult emerges

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 Hesperiidae Pseudocoladenia dan Fulvous Pied Flat Pyrginae wildlife Mae Kampong Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อลายด่างตาลแดง

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Papilionidae
Sub-Family : Papilioninae
Species : Graphium sarpedon sarpedon

This is probably the most widespread of the oriental species and is found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. In Australia it is known as the Blue Triangle. It is a medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 60-70mm. The upper wing pattern is similar to the underside but without the red markings, and the sexes are similarly alike. An unusual feature is that the tibia and tarsus sections of the leg are coloured blue. They are strong and agile fliers. The males are avid 'puddlers' and like other Graphium species they have an interesting method of carrying out this practice. They suck up the water and extract the minerals in the normal way but in addition continually expel the excess water from the anus. This has the effect of dissolving more minerals from the ground which they then re-imbibe. They are sometimes seen in quite large puddling 'groups' with other Graphium and non-Graphium species. Females are more elusive and usually only seen when they are looking for egg-laying sites.
Habitat is a wide range of forested areas up to around 1500m asl. Females lay their eggs singly on young saplings of the host plant and the complete lifecycle takes about 26 days from egg to adult. The larval foodplants are mainly from the aromatic Lauraceae family and in Thailand include Cinnamomum camphora, Cinnamomum porrectus, Litsea cubeba, Litsea glutinosa, and Persea kursii.

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 Papilionidae Graphium sarpedon Common Bluebottle Papilioninae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อสะพายฟ้า

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Bentley Wood, Hampshire, U.K.

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Heliconiinae
Species : Boloria euphrosyne

This has to be one of my most memorable shots from last year where I inadvertently captured one of natures magical moments. If you look very closely you can see that this butterfly is in the process of laying an egg and appears to be either holding it or guiding it with one of her back legs. I knew she was flying around looking for places to lay her eggs but I didn't dream that I would actually catch her in the act. I have seen butterflies laying eggs before but have never captured the actual moment on camera.

Like its slightly smaller cousin, the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, this is a very widely distributed species and is found throughout most of Europe, extending through Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus, Russia, parts of Central Asia, to China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 40-47mm, the female being larger than the male. It is one of the first fritillaries to appear in Spring, flying between late April and early July. Adults feed on the same plants as their smaller cousin, namely Ajuga reptans, Hyacinthoides non-scriptus, Lotus corniculatus, Ranunculus spp., Euphorbia amygdaloides, Lychnis flos-cuculi amongst others.
Found in various habitats including open areas within deciduous woodland, marshes, flowery alpine meadows, and sometimes in conifer plantations. Common at all sites are damp areas where the foodplants are able to grow vigorously. Eggs are usually laid singly on the underside of a leaf on the foodplant. The larva hibernates in its 4th instar and emerges the following Spring to continue feeding and complete its lifecycle. The primary larval foodplants are Viola sp. .

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 Nymphalidae Boloria euphrosyne Pearl-bordered Fritillary Heliconiinae wildlife Hampshire live insects UK

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Lycaenidae
Subfamily : Lycaeninae
Species : Lycaena tityrus

This species is distributed throughout most of mainland Europe but absent in Scandinavia, a large part of Spain, and also the U.K. Continues eastwards to Armenia, Georgia, Russia, and Turkey. It is a small, very active, butterfly with a wingspan of 28-32mm. It is a sexually dimorphic species and the two sexes are very easy to tell apart. The upperside of the forewings on the female contains a large amount of orange whilst this is completely absent in the male. The underside of both sexes is very similar in appearance but again there is an orange flush on the forewing of the female. At high altitudes there is a subspecies - subalpinus - which is quite dark with little or no orange markings in either the male or the female.
Found in a wide range of habitats including flowery meadows, woodland clearings, and alpine pastures up to an altitude of around 2500 metres. It flies rapidly and frequently stops to bask on low vegetation. Larval foodplants are Rumex sp. especially R.acetosa . There are two and sometimes three generations each year between May and September. Caterpillars from the late generation overwinter half-grown and start feeding again the following Spring.

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

Many thanks to all of you who continue to view, comment, and favourite my pictures. It really is appreciated. Thank you.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaeninae Lycaenidae Lycaena tityrus Sooty Copper wildlife Lozère Parc National des Cévennes Mont Lozère live insects France


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