Fluidr
about   tools   help   Y   Q   a         b   n   l
User / BugsAlive
Tim Stratford / 673 items

  • DESCRIPTION
  • COMMENT
  • MAP
  • O
  • L
  • M

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.

Tags:   butterfly mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Catapaecilma subochrea Yellow Tinsel Theclinae wildlife Chiang Dao NS Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อแวววาวเหลือง

  • DESCRIPTION
  • COMMENT
  • MAP
  • O
  • L
  • M

Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Genus : Cyrestis
Species : Cyrestis thyodamas thyodamas

A medium-large size butterfly with a wingspan of 45-60mm that is found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China. Both sexes are similar in size and appearance although the female has a little more yellow on the wings. The fineness of the markings make this butterfly fairly unique. Habitat is forest edges and clearings up to an altitude of around 1000m, basically the limit of where the foodplants grow, but they have been recorded at altitudes of up to 2700m in the Himalayas. Males are often seen puddling, particularly in the vicinity of streams and are one of the few species that will lay flat on the ground with wings outstretched whilst doing so. When on the ground it rarely holds its wings upright like the butterfly above.
The larval foodplants are various Ficus (Moraceae) species including Ficus callosa, F.variegata, F.erecta, F.virgata, F.religiosa, and F.microcarpa. The larvae feed only on the leaves of these fig trees and are therefore only found where those trees grow.

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 Cyrestis thyodamas Common Map Cyrestinae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อแผนที่ธรรมดา

  • DESCRIPTION
  • COMMENT
  • MAP
  • O
  • L
  • M

Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Junonia
Species: Junonia hierta hierta

A medium-large size butterfly with a wingspan of 50-60mm that is found in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, southern China, and peninsular Malaysia. A different subspecies is widely distributed across Africa.The species is sexually dimorphic and, although of similar size and colour, are somewhat different in appearance. Habitat is open scrubland, grassland and forest margins. They are frequently seen in the vicinity of rivers and streams flying near the ground in low vegetation.
Larval foodplants are Barleria cristata, Hygrophila erecta, Ruellia tuberosa and other Acanthaceae species. Junonia hierta completes its life cycle in just 20-26 days (eggs 3, larvae, 15–16, and pupa 5–7 days).
The above pic is just a record as it is the best shot I have been able to get so far. I have seen very few of this species in Thailand and most that I have seen have been in poor condition.

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 Junonia hierta Nymphalinae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อแพนซีเหลือง Yellow Pansy

  • DESCRIPTION
  • COMMENT
  • MAP
  • O
  • L
  • M

Plateau des Gras, Bidon, Ardèche, France

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Genus : Brintesia
Species : Brintesia circe circe

A large species with a wingspan of up to around 80mm. It is found in Central and Southern Europe, where it is quite common and widespread, continuing eastwards into the Caucasus and Iran. It is found in a range of dry grassland habitats including bushy areas and light woodland up to an altitude of about 2000m.
There is only one generation flying from June to September. In many ways it is quite different to other Grayling species including being larger and having a powerful and often soaring flight. Both sexes nectar on a variety of wild flowers and the males often 'puddle' on damp ground. A peculiarity of this species is that the female drops her eggs in grasses whilst in flight. The resultant larvae are crepuscular, that means they are active only in the twilight hours, when they feed on various grasses in the Poaceae family.

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

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Brintesia circe Great Banded Grayling Satyrinae wildlife Ardèche Plateau des Gras Bidon live insects France

  • DESCRIPTION
  • COMMENT
  • MAP
  • O
  • L
  • M

Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Genus : Argynnis
Species : Argynnis paphia

A very widespread species that is found throughout most of Europe, the Caucasus, Russia, Turkey, Iran, parts of Central Asia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and India. It is a powerful flier and one of the larger fritillaries with a wingspan of 70-80mm. The species is sexually dimorphic with the upper wings of the male having dark streaks which contain androconial scales that release the pheromones which attract females during courtship. The undersides are very similar in both sexes.
They are a shade loving species and favour woodland habitats, although they are sometimes seen on scrubland and hedgerows. They like areas where brambles, thistles, knapweed, and other nectar sources are in abundance. Both sexes also imbibe aphid honeydew, particularly from the surface of oak leaves high in the canopy where they roost overnight. Males also puddle for minerals at damp patches on the forest floor and sometimes at the side of streams. Eggs are laid in the bark of oaks and occasionally in other trees at around two metres above ground level. Moss-covered mature trees are favoured. When the larvae hatch in late summer they immediately go into a state of diapause until the following spring when they descend to the forest floor in search of Viola riviniana (Common Dog-violet), the primary foodplant. Adults emerge around June and July.

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

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Argynnis paphia Silver-washed Fritillary wildlife Lozère Mont Lozère Parc National des Cévennes live insects France Viola riviniana Common Dog-violet


0.7%