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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Danainae
Genus : Danaus
Species : Danaus chrysippus chrysippus

Widely distributed from India, through Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, China, Malaysia, and the Philippines. One would also expect to see them in Laos and Cambodia but I have no records of this. It is a medium-large butterfly with a wingspan of 55-70mm. Habitat is warm open country, parks, and gardens but also sometimes in moist forested hilly areas up to an altitude of 2700m asl. The species is distasteful to predators and it is quite common to see them in the early morning feeding on the pyrrolizidine alkaloids oozing from the stems and seed pods of such plants as Senna. It is these alkaloids that give the butterfly their bad taste. Both sexes nectar on flowers and males also feed on animal dung and mud puddle on damp ground.
Larval food plants include Asclepias curassavica, Calotropis gigantea (Apocynaceae), and Ficus racemosa (Moraceae). Eggs are laid singly on the underside of a leaf of the host plant and the lifecycle from egg to adult takes around 17-20 days. The adult lifespan is between 7 and 14 days, males generally living longer than females.

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

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Bentley Wood, Hampshire, U.K.

Oder : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Heliconiinae
Genus : Boloria
Species : Boloria selene

This is a very widely distributed species although not particularly common. Found in small colonies throughout most of northern and central Europe, Russia, parts of Central Asia, Japan, Korea, and North America. Because of this wide distribution it has several different common names including Silver-bordered Fritillary, Astro Fritillary, Myrina Fritillary, Silver-Borded Fritillary, and Silver Meadow Fritillary. Found in various habitats including open areas within deciduous woodland, marshes, fens, moorland, and sometimes near sea cliffs. Common at all sites are damp areas where the foodplants are able to grow vigorously.
It is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 35-44mm, the female being larger than the male. Both sexes are avid nectar feeders, and can be seen on the flowers of Ajuga reptans, Hyacinthoides non-scriptus, Lotus corniculatus, Ranunculus spp., Euphorbia amygdaloides, Lychnis flos-cuculi and others. The primary larval foodplants are Viola sp. and the female lays her eggs singly on or near the foodplant. The larvae hibernate over winter and emerge in the Spring.

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

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Boloria selene Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Heliconiinae wildlife Hampshire Bentley Wood live insects UK

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Chiang Dao NS, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Riodininae
Sub-Family : Nemeobiinae
Genus : Abisara
Species : Abisara abnormis

This is a rare species that is only found in a few locations in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and southern China. It is a small-medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 40-48mm. There is little difference between the sexes but the female is slightly paler in colour than the male. Habitat is sheltered forest locations with plenty of shade where they 'hop' from one plant to another in a short bouncy flight. Like other Riodininae species, when it lands on vegetation it usually has its wings half open at 45 degrees, making it difficult to take a decent photograph of the upper wings. When mud puddling it closes its wings like most other species.
The larval foodplants are believed to be Maesa sp. (Primulaceae) , a genus of vines, shrubs, and trees up to 12m tall. Unfortunately I know of no research into the lifecycle of this little beauty and therefore have no further information on this.

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 : Pieridae
SubFamily : Pierinae
Genus : Ixias
Species : Ixias pyrene yunnanensis

This uncommon species is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 45-55mm. Distributed from Sri Lanka, through India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and southern China. Habitat is varied and includes rainforest, humid deciduous forest, dry forest, scrub, and stream banks, at elevations up to around 1000m asl. I do not have any information on how many broods there are but the species is multivoltine and flies throughout the year. Both sexes nectar on a wide variety of flowers and males frequent damp ground to puddle for minerals.
The larval foodplants include Capparis zeylanica, Capparis divaricata and Capparis sepiaria (Capparidaceae)

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

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Chiang Dao NR, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus : Papilio
Species : Papilio slateri slateri

This is one of the smaller Papilionidae species with a wingspan of 65-85mm. It is distributed from India, through Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, southern China, and peninsular Malaysia. Habitat is usually hilly forested areas (up to 2300m asl) although they are sometimes seen at lower elevations. Their flight is slow and they usually stay fairly close to the ground. Females are quite secretive and rarely seen but males can often be found puddling on damp ground. Sexes are similar in appearance but the blue 'stripes' on the female are less prominent.
Little appears to be known about the lifecycle of this species other than it is single brooded, adults usually appearing in the Spring. Larval foodplants include Cinnamomum camphora and Litsea citrata (Lauraceae).

See the first comment box for a view of the underwings

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

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