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Plateau des Gras, Bidon, Ardèche, France

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Limenitidinae
Species : Limenitis reducta

This is one of the most widespread species of all butterflies. It is present throughout a large part of central and southern mainland Europe and continues eastwards through the Middle East, Caucasus, Russia, and Central Asia to China, Japan, and Korea. There are ten different subspecies throughout its range. Its flight period is from May to September, sometimes in one brood but often in two. It is a medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 50-60mm. The species is noted for its graceful flight, alternately flitting and gliding through the foliage of the trees.
Habitat is sunny open woodland and dry bushy scrubland. Males are very territorial and patrol up and down their territory, perching on the edges of a bush at about 2m off the ground to warn off potential competitors. Both sexes nectar on various flowers and males sometimes imbibe minerals from damp ground, dung, and rotten fruits. Females lay their eggs in late summer on Lonicera sp. (Honeysuckle), the larval food plant. The eggs hatch within a few days and the larvae begin feeding on the leaves of the plant before hibernating in a curled-up leaf. On awakening in the Spring they resume feeding before pupation and the eventual emergence as an adult.

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 Limenitis reducta Southern White Admiral Sylvain azuré Ninfa de los arroyos Blauschwarzer Eisvogel Limenitidinae wildlife Ardèche Plateau des Gras Bidon live insects France

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Papilionidae
Sub-Family : Papilioninae
Species : Graphium sarpedon sarpedon

This is probably the most widespread of the oriental species and is found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. In Australia it is known as the Blue Triangle. It is a medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 60-70mm. The upper wing pattern is similar to the underside but without the red markings, and the sexes are similarly alike. An unusual feature is that the tibia and tarsus sections of the leg are coloured blue. They are strong and agile fliers. The males are avid 'puddlers' and like other Graphium species they have an interesting method of carrying out this practice. They suck up the water and extract the minerals in the normal way but in addition continually expel the excess water from the anus. This has the effect of dissolving more minerals from the ground which they then re-imbibe. They are sometimes seen in quite large puddling 'groups' with other Graphium and non-Graphium species. Females are more elusive and usually only seen when they are looking for egg-laying sites.
Habitat is a wide range of forested areas up to around 1500m asl. Females lay their eggs singly on young saplings of the host plant and the complete lifecycle takes about 26 days from egg to adult. The larval foodplants are mainly from the aromatic Lauraceae family and in Thailand include Cinnamomum camphora, Cinnamomum porrectus, Litsea cubeba, Litsea glutinosa, and Persea kursii.

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 Graphium sarpedon Common Bluebottle Papilioninae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อสะพายฟ้า

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Barbury Castle, Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Nymphalinae
Species : Vanessa cardui

This is one of the most widely distributed of all butterflies and is found throughout Europe, Asia, Australasia, Africa, and the Americas. In some places it is a migrant species, the UK for example where the migrants come from North Africa and the Mediterranean region in early summer. Although they then breed they are unable to survive the British winter, even in the larval stage. It is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 55-70mm and is a powerful flyer, habitually flying from flower to flower, stopping for just a few seconds at each to take nectar.
Due to its migratory tendencies Vanessa cardui is found in a widely diverse range of habitats from coastal areas to mountain regions up to an altitude of around 2500m. It is an avid nectar feeder and seems to have a preference for thistles but also feeds on Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Bugle (Ajuga reptans), Knapweeds (Centaurea spp.), and Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). Females lay their eggs singly on the leaves of the larval foodplant, usually Thistles (Cirsium spp. and Carduus spp.), and sometimes Common Nettle (Urtica dioica).


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Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Vanessa cardui Painted Lady Nymphalinae wildlife Wiltshire live insects UK

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Pong Pra Bat, Lamnamkok NP, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Family : Fulgoridae
Subfamily : Sesiinae
Species : Pyrops candelaria

Distributed in various parts of south and southeast Asia including India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, southern China, and Taiwan. This attractive hemipteran bug is a species of planthopper that feeds on the sap of various trees but with a particular preference for the sweet sap of lychee and longan trees. Its long hollow proboscis (its red 'nose') is used to get into the tree bark to reach the sap. It also feeds on the fruit of the same trees.
Pyrops candelaria has two pair of wings. The first pair of wings are green with white and yellow spots, while the second ones are bright yellow and bordered in black. Females deposit their eggs into the host plant tissues via their ovipositor and nymphs are found developing alongside adults on the trees. Adults live for several weeks and are usually found sitting upright on the trunks of trees but sometimes up in the foliage. Despite their name, lantern bugs do not emit light.
Although they are fairly large insects they are not that easy to spot, despite their bright colours. The individual above is the first one I have ever seen during my many trips to Thailand. It's not my best pic but I was standing on a moving and rather precarious boulder to get high enough to get the shot. A high ISO was required as it was deep in the forest and quite dark.

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

Tags:   bug bugs planthopper animal outdoor insects insect Hemiptera macro nature Fulgoridae Pyrops candelaria lantern bug Fulgorinae wildlife Chiang Rai live insects Thailand Lamnamkok NP

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Doi Suthep-Pui, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Pieridae
Sub-Family : Pierinae
Species : Delias pasithoe pasithoe

This beautiful and very colourful species is distributed from India, through Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and parts of Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and southern China. It is a medium-large butterfly with a wingspan of 65-80mm. It is essentially an open forest species but is also found along river banks and grassy meadows. Males are sometimes seen puddling and both sexes visit flowers for nectar.
Females lay their eggs in batches of 50-60 eggs at a time. In Thailand, the larval foodplants that are recorded are species of Loranthaceae. However, elsewhere, numerous foodplants are used, Dendrotrophe and Santalum sp (Santalaceae) - the Sandalwoods, and members of Budlejaceae, Rubiceae and Theaceae. The larvae are considered a pest in Sandalwood plantations.

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

Many thanks to all of you who continue to view, comment, and favourite my pictures. It really is appreciated. Thank you.

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