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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Lycaenidae
Subfamily : Polyommatinae
Genus : Castalius
Species : Castalius rosimon rosimon

Distributed from Sri Lanka, through India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 25-32mm. Habitat is forest glades, woodland edges, stream valleys, and domestic flower gardens up to around 1000m asl. They are very fast and acrobatic fliers and zip about with great speed. Both sexes nectar on low-lying flowers such as Tridax sp.and the males are frequent visitors to damp ground for puddling. When settled they usually hold their wings tightly closed and rarely open their wings fully.
The adults fly all year round and are multivoltine. The female lays her eggs singly on the underside of leaves on the host plant. Larval foodplants include Zizyphus jujuba, Zizyphus mauritiana, Zizyphus oenoplia, Zizyphus rugosa, and Paliurus ramosissimus (Rhamnaceae). The entire lifecycle from egg to adult is relatively quick taking just around 21-25 days.

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

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
SubFamily : Heliconiinae
Genus : Acraea
Species : Acraea issoria sordice

Although I have seen the larvae several times I have never seen the adult butterfly of this rare species. There is just one generation per year and the larval stage can last up to 6 months. It has limited distribution in northern India, through Bhutan, Myanmar, northern Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China. It is a medium size butterfly, wingspan 40-60mm, and has a rather weak and fluttery flight. Habitat is elevated open forest areas up to around 2000m asl. It is a social species and tends to form colonies, sometimes quite large.
The larval foodplants include Bochmeria nivea, Girardinia diversifolia, Debregeasia hypoleuca (Urticaceae), Rubus ellipticus (Rosaceae), and Buddleja asiatica (Buddlejaceae).

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

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Than Bokkhoranni NP, Krabi, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
SubFamily : Cyrestinae
Genus : Cyrestis
Species : Cyrestis themire themire

This is the smallest of the Cyrestinae 'map' butterflies with a wingspan of 35-45mm. Distribution is from Myanmar, through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is said to be common but I have only ever seen this one individual during all the trips that I have done to Thailand. Habitat is primary and secondary rainforest where it is most frequently encountered in clearings within the forest. Both sexes are identical in appearance and fly slowly by gliding interspersed by rapid wing beats. They often settle on the undersides of leaves and males often puddle on stream banks.
Known larval foodplants are Ficus obscura, Ficus racemosa, and Streblus ilicifolius (Moraceae). It is probably multivoltine as it flies throughout the year in some parts of its range.

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

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Chiang Dao NS, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Lycaenidae
SubFamily : Theclinae
Genus : Catapaecilma
Species : Catapaecilma subochrea

I first saw this species in 2015 and was lucky enough to see it again last year. It is still one of the most beautiful butterflies I have ever seen.
This tiny hairstreak has a wing length of just around 10-12mm and so you can only see the intricate pattern on the underside of this amazing butterfly when you view it through your macro lens or on a computer. When it is in amongst other 'puddling' Lycaenidaes you can barely distinguish it from the other species unless you have exceptional eyesight. The upperside is rather plain in comparison to the intricate markings of the underside, just a patternless purple-brown. However the upperside is rarely seen as this butterfly keeps its wings firmly closed when not in flight.
It is a rare butterfly and distribution is limited from NE India through Myanmar to northern Thailand where it is recorded in only a few localities. Other Catapaecilma species are recorded in northern Thailand and further south through Malaysia and on to the Philippines but none of them are quite as impressive as this one. Recorded foodplant for one of the other Catapaecilma sp. is from the family Combretaceae and that may be the plant family also used by C.subochrea but as far as I know there has been no research done on this subject.

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

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Mae Kampong, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Lycaeninae
Genus : Heliophorus
Species : Heliophorus epicles latilimbata

Distributed widely from Nepal, through India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, peninsular Malaysia, parts of Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China. It is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 22-27mm. The common name of this butterfly comes from the iridescent purple patches on the upper wings of the male which are not present on the female pictured here. The underwings are very different, being predominantly yellow and red, and can be seen in the example in the first comment box below.
Habitat is sunlit clearings in dense forest and also disturbed forest edges and scrub up to around 1500m asl. Males are very territorial and defend their territory vigorously. The species is multivoltine and flies all year round. The lifecycle of this species is not fully known but the larval foodplants are members of the Polygonaceae family. In India this is Rumex hastatus and in Thailand is Polygonum chinense (Chinese Knotweed).

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

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