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Lamnamkok NP, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Polyommatinae
Genus : Leptotes
Species : Leptotes plinius

This species is widespread across south and south east Asia including India, Bangladesh, Myanmar. Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and southern China. It is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 19- 26mm and is sexually dimorphic with the upperside of the male being puplish-blue while the female is brown with off-white markings. The undersides of both sexes are similar to each another. They are frequently seen, like this one, puddling on the banks of mountain streams.
Preferred habitat seems to be open woodland where the larvae feed on plants of the family Plumbaginaceae, such as Plumbago zeylanica and Plumbago auriculata. Eggs are laid singly on the flower buds of the host and this is the part that the hatched larvae feed on. When it is time to pupate they do so within a curled-up leaf.

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Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Leptotes plinius Zebra Blue Polyommatinae wildlife Lamnamkok NP Chiang Rai live insects Thailand ผีเสื้อฟ้าลาย

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Hemiptera
Family : Reduviidae
Species : unknown

Although I took this pic more than two years ago I have been unable to ID the bug, not even down to subfamily or genus level. It is almost certainly a Reduviid but I have been unable to find another that looks anything remotely like it, especially those unusual 'knobbly' legs.
The Reduviidae are more commonly known as Assassin Bugs and, as the name suggests, are predators of smaller invertebrates. They range in size from a few millimetres to over 3cm and this one was probably somewhere in the middle of that figure. They are designed to kill and can even inflict a painful bite on humans.
If anyone is able to shed more light on the id of the above individual I would be delighted to hear from you.

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Tags:   assassin bug animal outdoor insect Hemiptera macro nature Reduviidae Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai wildlife live insects Thailand unidentified

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Chiang Dao NS, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Apaturinae
Genus : Euripus
Species : Euripus nyctelius nyctelius

The Courtisan is a Southeast Asian species found in an area stretching from Northeast India, through Thailand to Indonesia and the Philippines. It is sometimes called the Golden Eye and is a low elevation species found in primary rainforest at elevations between sea level and about 800m. The species is sexually dimorphic and the sexes differ greatly both in appearance and in size. The female is also polymorphic and mimics other species known to be distasteful to predators. It is a medium size buttterfly with a wingspan of 50-70mm, the females being the larger. Females are rarely seen and the males are fairly elusive spending much of their time in the tree tops, occasionally descending to puddle on damp ground. Males are very territorial and will chase off any other males that encroach on their patch.
Larval foodplants are Trema sp. (Cannabaceae) and the female lays her eggs singly on the upperside of a leaf on the host plant. The eggs hatch in around 3 days and the whole lifecycle from egg to adult takes from 27-31 days.
This species is not easy to photograph and when I approached this one it decided to move partially under the shade. At least it didn't fly away so I guess I should be grateful !

You can see what the underside looks like in the first comment box below. Just click on the image to see the full size version.

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Lycaeninae
Genus : Lycaena
Species : Lycaena virgaureae

Lycaena virgaureae is found at altitudes up to 2000m in alpine pastures and woodland clearings. This small to medium size butterfly has a wingspan of 34-38mm. When the sun is out it is very active but will sometimes spend several minutes nectaring on a particular flower. When feeding or basking in the sun they typically hold their wings at a 45° angle and adopt a head-downwards posture similar to other species in the same family.
The upperside of the sexes are very different, with the male being the most colourful with a striking bright orange colouration, especially when fresh like this one. The female is paler with numerous black markings. The undersides are very similar and the flying period is from June to September.

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Papilionidae
Subfamily : Papilioninae
Genus : Papilio
Species : Papilio machaon gorganus

This large butterfly is widespread across Europe and is present in most parts of the Palaearctic Region. It is by far the most widespread Papilionidae species in the world. It has a wingspan of 65-85mm and is a strong and fast flier. Both sexes look very similar but the female is generally slightly larger. Males can sometimes be seen mud-puddling for minerals and salts. The species utilises a wide range of different habitats from fenland to alpine meadows and even high altitude montane areas.
Larval foodplants are various species from the Apiaceae, Asteraceae and Rutaceae families. Eggs are laid singly on the upper foliage and the resulting larvae look very much like bird droppings in their early stages, a quite common trait in the Papilionidae family. Later instars become magnificent-looking creatures, large and green coloured with black banding and orange spots.

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Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Papilionidae Papilio machaon Swallowtail Papilioninae wildlife Lozère Mont Lozère Parc National des Cévennes live insects France


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