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Alners Gorse, Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset

Order : Odonata
Family : Platycnemididae
Genus : Platycnemis
Species : Platycnemis pennipes


A small damselfly with a total length of 35-37mm that is also called the Blue Featherleg in other parts of Europe. It is quite variable in colour. Distributed from the UK in the west across Europe to Asia Minor and Russia. They are not very common in the UK but can be considered fairly common within their specific habitat.
Found mainly along sunlit slow-moving lowland streams and rivers but also sometimes on canals and lakes. Adult males have obvious thickened, feather-like tibiae which are used in a fluttering display to attract females. Flight period is from mid May to September but peaking in June and July. The larvae live amongst underwater debris and emerge after two years.

All my insect pics are handheld single shots of live animals, usually in the wild.

Tags:   damselfly libellule demoiselle 豆娘 стрекоза waterjuffer motýlice flickslända animal outdoor insect Odonata macro nature Platycnemididae Platycnemis pennipes White-legged Damselfly Blue Featherleg wildlife Alners Gorse Dorset live insects UK

N 133 B 1.6K C 31 E Jan 10, 2018 F Jan 12, 2018
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I haven't touched my camera for months and so I decided I should give it, and myself, an airing just to make sure that everything was working okay (on the both of us !) and to keep my hand in before the start of the new butterfly season.
I therefore went to our local butterfly farm to see what I could find. As butterfly farms go I'm afraid our local one is not very good and there wasn't very much to see. However, there were one or two nice species in good condition that were worth photographing. I managed to get a couple of good shots despite the poor light and so I decided to break with tradition and post one of them here. As you know, all my shots are usually taken in the wild and so I have to stress that this little beauty is captive bred and will live its short life entirely within the confines of the farm.
This is not an Asian or European species and so I don't know very much about it but in my eyes it is very beautiful and thought I should share it. It is evidently fairly common in sub-Saharan Africa and is in fact a sister species to one of our most beautiful Thailand species, Papilio demoleus.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Papilionidae Papilio constantinus Constantine´s Swallowtail Papilioninae

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Lamnamkok NP, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Polyommatinae
Genus : Lampides
Species : Lampides boeticus

This migratory species is one of the most widespread butterflies in the world and is found in Europe, Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Australia, and even some Pacific islands. In some regions it is considered a pest as the larvae feed on members of the Fabaceae (pea) family and can cause extensive damage by boring into the flower buds.
It is a small butterfly with a wingspan of up to 34mm and has a strong and rapid flight. Its flight is rather jerky and is similar to the hairstreaks but generally flies much closer to the ground. The upper wings are totally different to the underside being a dull purple in the male and brown with a touch of blue at the wing bases in the female. In the hotter climates, like Thailand, males are often seen puddling on damp patches of ground.

All my insect pics are handheld single shots of live animals, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Lampides boeticus the Peablue Polyommatinae wildlife Lamnamkok NP Chiang Rai live insects Thailand Fabaceae ผีเสื้อหนอนถั่ว

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Papilionidae
Sub-Family : Papilioninae
Genus : Byasa
Species : Byasa dasarada barata

This large and beautiful butterfly, with a wingspan of 90-110mm, has a narrow distribution band from Nepal, NE India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China. Unfortunately this may be the reason why little research appears to have been carried out on this species and only limited information is available. Its main habitat seems to be hilly forest, often near streams, up to an altitude of around 2700m. It has also however been recorded at much lower elevations.
The larvae have been observed on plants from the Aristolochiaceae family, notably Aristolochia tagala, Aristolochia dilatata, and Aristolochia griffithi. From my own observations they are avid puddlers and slightly variable in appearance. The underside of the hindwing has two and sometimes, like the one above, three white spots. The flight period may be restricted as the host plants are somewhat seasonal, although that may depend upon the altitude where they grow.

All my insect pics are handheld single shots of live animals, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Papilionidae Byasa dasarada Great Windmill Papilioninae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อหางตุ้มใหญ่ Aristolochia tagala Aristolochia dilatata Aristolochiaceae

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Euploea mulciber - the Striped Blue Crow (male)
Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chaing Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Danainae
Genus : Euploea
Species : Euploea mulciber mulciber

Distributed from India, through Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. It is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 80-90mm and they are unpalatable to predators. Although very common they are a difficult species to photograph as they are very nervous of humans. I see them all the time in Thailand but I have yet to get a shot of the beautiful iridescent blue on the upper surface of the wings. Habitat is rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations between sea level and as high as 3500m in places like Nepal. Males and females puddle on damp ground but the latter is more often seen nectaring on various flowering bushes such as Duranta erecta (Verbenaceae) and Premna serratifolia (Lamiaceae).
This species is polyphagous and has many larval host plants including Ficus altissima, Ficus racemosa (Moraceae), Nerium indicum, Nerium oleander, and Toxocarpus villosus (Apocynaceae). Females lay their eggs singly on the underside of a leaf on the host plant. The eggs take 3 days to hatch and the resulting larva goes rapidly through 5 instars in 11-12 days before pupating. After 6-7 days of development the new adult emerges and the next lifecycle begins.
Euploea mulciber is sexually dimorphic and an underwing view of the female can be seen in the first comment box below.

All my insect pics are handheld single shots of live animals, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Euploea mulciber Striped Blue Crow Danainae wildlife Doi Suthep- Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อจรกาเมียลาย Duranta erecta Premna serratifolia Ficus altissima Nerium oleander Apocynaceae Moraceae Verbenaceae Lamiaceae Vietnam Nepal Myanmar Cambodia Laos China Malaysia Indonesia Philippines Bhutan India


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