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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Charaxinae
Species : Polyura athamas athamas

The Charaxinae are one of my favourite sub-families within the Nymphalidae and this species is no exception. It may be called 'common' but there is nothing common about this beauty. It is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 45-65mm and is distributed from India, through Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, southern China, and Malaysia. Like other species in this genus they are characterised by their distinctive wing shape with twin tails on each hindwing. Both sexes look alike but the female is slightly larger. The females are rarely seen but the males are avid 'puddlers' and are usually seen imbibing minerals on damp ground.
They are a forest species and usually found from the lowlands up to around 1000m asl. Females lay their eggs on the underside of leaves of the foodplants. Larval foodplants include several Acacia species, Adenanthera pavonina, Albizia lebbeck, Archidendron clypearia, Caesalpinia sappan, Leucaena leucocephala, Peltophorum dasyrachis, and Pithecellobium dulce (all Fabaceae ).

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 Polyura athamas Common Nawab Charaxinae wildlife Doi Suthep- Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อม้าเขียวธรรมดา (เหลืองหนามธรรมดา)

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Bentley Wood, Hampshire, U.K.

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Heliconiinae
Species : Boloria euphrosyne

This is a very widely distributed species that is found throughout most of Europe, extending through Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus, Russia, parts of Central Asia, to China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 40-47mm, the female being marginally larger than the male. It is one of the first fritillaries to appear in Spring, flying between late April and early July. Adults feed on Ajuga reptans, Hyacinthoides non-scriptus, Lotus corniculatus, Ranunculus spp., Euphorbia amygdaloides, Lychnis flos-cuculi and various other plant species.
It is found in various habitats including open areas within deciduous woodland, marshes, flowery alpine meadows, and sometimes in conifer plantations. Common at all sites are damp areas where the foodplants are able to grow vigorously. Eggs are usually laid singly on the underside of a leaf on the foodplant. The larva hibernates in its 4th instar and emerges the following Spring to continue feeding and complete its lifecycle. The primary larval foodplants are Viola sp..

All my insect pics are single shot and handheld, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Boloria euphrosyne Pearl-bordered Fritillary Frühlings-Perlmuttfalter Pursuhopeatäplä Perlada rojiza Grand collier argenté Heliconiinae wildlife Hampshire Bentley Wood live insects UK

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Lamnamkok NP, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Lycaeninae
Species : Heliophorus epicles latilimbata

Distributed widely from Nepal, through India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, northern Thailand, Laos, and southern China. It is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 22-27mm. Although this picture shows the attractive yellow and red underwings, this species gets its common name from the male upperwings which are brown with large purple areas and some marginal orange markings on the hindwings. Habitat is sunlit forest edges and scrub up to around 2000m asl. Males are very territorial and defend their territory vigorously.
Not much appears to be known about the lifecycle of this species but the larval foodplant in Thailand is Polygonum chinense (Chinese Knotweed), a member of the Polygonaceae family.

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

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Heliophorus epicles Common Purple Sapphire Lycaeninae wildlife Lamnamkok NP Chiang Rai live insects Thailand ผีเสื้อขมิ้นกับปูนธรรมดา

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Acres Down, Hampshire, U.K.

Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Polyommatinae
Species : Plebejus argus

A variable species that is widespread and often common throughout much of Europe spreading eastwards through Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus, Russia, parts of Central Asia, to China and Korea. It is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 28-32mm and gets its common name from the reflective scales found on the underside of most adults and which are quite noticeable when light reflects off them. Habitat is sheltered areas of calcareous grassland and heathland with plenty of exposure to the sun. Adults frequently roost communally in grasses with heads facing downwards. They feed mainly on species of Heather (Ericaceae).
Females lay their eggs singly close to the ground on or near the foodplant where they overwinter. Larvae hatch in the Spring and feed on the flowers or growing tips of the foodplants. In the warmer parts of Europe the species is double brooded, emerging in May and August. The main foodplants include Erica cinerea (Bell Heather), Calluna vulgaris (Heather), Erica tetralix (Cross-leaved Heath), and Hippocrepis comosa (Horseshoe Vetch). When the larvae pupate they do so underground, often in an ants' nest.

All my insect pics are single shot and handheld, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Plebejus argus Silver-studded Blue Argus-Bläuling Heideblauwtje Kangassinisiipi Ljungblåvinge Niña hocecillas Azuré de l´Ajonc Polyommatinae wildlife Hampshire Acres Down live insects UK

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Lamnamkok NP, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Apaturinae
Species : Euripus nyctelius nyctelius

The Courtisan is a Southeast Asian species found in an area stretching from Northeast India to Indonesia and the Philippines. It is sometimes called the Golden Eye and is predominately a lowland species found in primary rainforest at elevations between sea level and about 500m.
The sexes differ greatly and the female mimics other species known to be distasteful to predators. It is a medium size buttterfly with a wingspan of 50-70mm, the females being larger than the males. Females are rarely seen and the males are fairly elusive spending much of their time in the tree tops, occasionally descending to 'puddle' on river beaches.

You can see what the male looks like, and why it's called the Golden Eye, in the first comment box below. Just click on the image to see the full size version.

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 Euripus nyctelius the Courtisan Apaturinae wildlife Lamnamkok NP Chiang Rai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อปีกเว้าธรรมดา


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