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Acres Down, Hampshire, U.K.

Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Polyommatinae
Species : Plebejus argus

A variable species that is widespread and often common throughout much of Europe spreading eastwards through Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus, Russia, parts of Central Asia, to China and Korea. It is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 28-32mm and gets its common name from the reflective scales found on the underside of most adults and which are quite noticeable when light reflects off them. Habitat is sheltered areas of calcareous grassland and heathland with plenty of exposure to the sun. Adults frequently roost communally in grasses with heads facing downwards. They feed mainly on species of Heather (Ericaceae).
Females lay their eggs singly close to the ground on or near the foodplant where they overwinter. Larvae hatch in the Spring and feed on the flowers or growing tips of the foodplants. In the warmer parts of Europe the species is double brooded, emerging in May and August. The main foodplants include Erica cinerea (Bell Heather), Calluna vulgaris (Heather), Erica tetralix (Cross-leaved Heath), and Hippocrepis comosa (Horseshoe Vetch). When the larvae pupate they do so underground, often in an ants' nest.

All my insect pics are single shot and handheld, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Plebejus argus Silver-studded Blue Argus-Bläuling Heideblauwtje Kangassinisiipi Ljungblåvinge Niña hocecillas Azuré de l´Ajonc Polyommatinae wildlife Hampshire Acres Down live insects UK

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Chiang Dao NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Danainae
Species : Parantica melaneus

This is an uncommon species that is distributed from India, through Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, southern China, and peninsular Malaysia. It is a medium-large butterfly with a wingspan of 75-85mm. Primarily a forest species, it is found in montane forests up to an altitude of around 3000m asl.
The larval foodplant is Tylophora indica (Asclepiadaceae) (Indian Ipecac), a slender branched climbing herb used as a medicine in some regions to treat asthma and certain allergic reactions.

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 Nymphalidae Parantica melaneus Chocolate Tiger Danainae wildlife Chiang Dao NS Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อลายเสือสีตาล

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Mae Kampong, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Tachinidae
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Species : Tachinidae sp.

I'm afraid I don't know much about this fly except that tachina flies are widely distributed around the globe with more than 8000 species already known and many more still to be recognised. I believe they are all protelean parasitoids which are organisms that begin the growing phase of their lives as parasites, and in particular, typically as internal parasites.

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

Tags:   fly flies mosca 苍蝇 animal outdoor insects insect Diptera macro nature Tachinidae Tachinidae sp. parasitic fly wildlife Chiang Mai live insects Thailand

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Lamnamkok NP, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Apaturinae
Species : Euripus nyctelius nyctelius

The Courtisan is a Southeast Asian species found in an area stretching from Northeast India to Indonesia and the Philippines. It is sometimes called the Golden Eye and is predominately a lowland species found in primary rainforest at elevations between sea level and about 500m.
The sexes differ greatly and the female mimics other species known to be distasteful to predators. It is a medium size buttterfly with a wingspan of 50-70mm, the females being larger than the males. Females are rarely seen and the males are fairly elusive spending much of their time in the tree tops, occasionally descending to 'puddle' on river beaches.

You can see what the male looks like, and why it's called the Golden Eye, in the first comment box below. Just click on the image to see the full size version.

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 Nymphalidae Euripus nyctelius the Courtisan Apaturinae wildlife Lamnamkok NP Chiang Rai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อปีกเว้าธรรมดา

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Martin Down NR, Hampshire, U.K.

Family : Hesperiidae
Sub-Family : Hesperiinae
Species : Thymelicus sylvestris

This is another very widespread species which can be found throughout most of Europe, through the Near East, Caucasus, Russia, and Central Asia. It has a wingspan of 27-34mm and despite its name is the same size as most other skipper species in Europe. Habitat is rough grassland and it inhabits a wide range of places including woodland clearings, downland, and roadside verges. The males are very territorial and defend their territory fiercely from any passing butterfly no matter how big they are. Both sexes nectar on flowers such as Thistles (Cirsium spp. and Carduus spp.) and Red Clover (Trifolium pratense).
There is just one brood per year and the female has a unique way of laying her eggs. She lands on the stem of a foodplant and then goes backwards down the stem, probing the sheath with the end of her abdomen as she goes. When she finds a suitable opening in the furled sheath she lays up to 8 eggs inside. The eggs take around 3 weeks to hatch when the larva eats its eggshell and almost immediately hibernates within a cocoon spun by itself. The following Spring the larva starts feeding and goes through four moults before emergence as an adult butterfly. The primary larval foodplant is Holcus lanatus (Yorkshire-fog) but Dactylis glomerata, Brachypodium sylvaticum, and Alopecurus pratensis are also used.

All my insect pics are single shot and handheld, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Hesperiidae Thymelicus sylvestris Small Skipper Geelsprietdikkopje Större tåtelsmygare Dorada linea larga Hespérie de la Houque Hesperiinae wildlife Hampshire Martin Down NR live insects UK


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