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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Heliconiinae
Genus : Vindula
Species : Vindula erota erota

A common species distributed widely from India, through Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, northern Malaysia, Vietnam, and southern China. It is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 75-95mm. The species is both sexually and seasonally dimorphic. The rarely seen female looks very different to the male and this difference is even greater in the dry season form. Females tend to spend their time in the forest canopy but the males love to puddle and are therefore the ones most often seen.
Habitat is evergreen and moist deciduous forest. Known larval foodplants are Adenia pierriei and Adenia hondala (Passifloraceae).

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

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


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Chiang Dao NS, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Hemiptera
Family : Scutelleridae
Genus : Cantao
Species : Cantao ocellatus

Also known as the Ocellated Shield Bug.

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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.

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My garden, Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Pieridae
Sub-Family : Pierinae
Genus : Pieris
Species : Pieris rapae

Still drying out after eclosure on my garden trelis. It flew off about an hour after this shot was taken.

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