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Plateau des Gras, Bidon, Ardèche, France

Order : Orthoptera
Family : Phaneropteridae
Sub-Family : Phaneropterinae
Genus : Barbitistes
Species : Barbitistes obtusus

This very colourful cricket is quite large, described as being up to 20mm in length, but I would say that this individual was certainly larger than that. The colour of this species is quite variable and dark individuals like this one are quite rare. This flightless species is quite secretive, mainly active at night and hiding away in a cool shaded place during the day. Distribution is restricted to the alpine regions of France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia.
The habitat for Barbitistes obtusus is scrubland or light forest mainly at altitude, usually up to around 2000m asl, where it feeds on the leaves of deciduous trees, broad-leaved herbs, and small invertebrates. In the lowlands it has been largely displaced by intensive farming and forestry.

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

Tags:   cricket animal outdoor insects insect Orthoptera macro nature Phaneropteridae Barbitistes obtusus Southern Saw-tailed Bush-cricket Phaneropterinae wildlife Ardèche Plateau des Gras Bidon live insects France

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Kbal Spean, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Papilionidae
Subfamily : Papilioninae
Genus : Papilio
Species : Papilio demoleus malayanus

This tailless beauty is one of the world's most widespread swallowtails thanks to its particular adaptabilty to different habitat and climatic conditions. However, the species originated from the tropical and subtropical Austro-Asiatic region and is therefore commonly found from India, through the SE Asian countries, to China and Australia. It is a medium-large butterfly with a wingspan of 60-80mm and strongly resembles the African species Papilio demodocus but they are not closely related.
Habitat is gardens, parks, and other open spaces, particularly where there are citrus trees, up to around 2000m asl. They are not found so much in forest habitats which is why I don't see them very often during my visits to Thailand. They are strong and rapid fliers and only rarely stop flapping their wings, even when nectaring on flowers. They do however bask with their wings wide open, especially in the early morning. The adults fly all year round and are multivoltine. As well as Citrus aurantifolia , larval foodplants include Zizyphus mauritiana (Rhamnaceae) Psoralea corylifolia (Fabaceae), Limonia acidissima, and Citrus medica (Rutaceae) , plus many others. The lifecycle from egg to adult is relatively short at 24-26 days. Because of the caterpillar's voracious appetite they are considered a pest in some commercial fruit growing areas.

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 Papilionidae Papilio demoleus Lime Butterfly Papilioninae wildlife Siem Reap live insects Cambodia ผีเสื้อหนอนมะนาว

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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

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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

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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


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