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Doi Suthep-Pui N.P., Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Riodinidae
Sub-Family : Nemeobiinae
Genus : Abisara
Species : Abisara echerius paionea

Abisara echerius, known as the Plum Judy, is distributed from Sri Lanka, through India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China. It is quite variable in appearance but always has this distinctive angular form. It is an uncommon species in Thailand and is found mainly in the very north of the country. It is an active butterfly that spends much of its time in the treetops but can occasionally be seen amongst foliage lower down. It has an unusal habit of frequently turning around as it progresses along branches and this is useful in identifying the species even from a distance. It is thought that this behaviour is designed to confuse and evade predators.
It is a small to medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 42-50mm and is usually only found in forests. Larval host plants include Maesa indica , Embelia subcoriacea, Embelia laeta and possibly other species in the herbaceous Primulaceae family.

All my insect pics are handheld single shots of live animals, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Riodinidae Abisara echerius Plum Judy Nemeobiinae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อปีกกึ่งหุบลายหัก

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Ob Khan NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Geometridae
SubFamily : Geometrinae
Genus : Dysphania
Species : Dysphania militaris

This beautiful moth is often mistaken for a butterfly due to its bright yellow colour and attractive markings. It is distributed in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China. Although I have seen no recorded sightings it is reasonable to assume that it may also be present in Laos, especially as it appeared on a Laos postage stamp back in 1965. It is a large moth, having a wingspan of around 80-90mm, and flies during the day. It is often seen puddling on damp ground and sometimes, like the individual above, on the very edge of rivers and streams. It flies all year around but numbers peak in the summer months.
Habitat is on the edge of primary and secondary forest, usually near water. The known larval food plants are small trees or shrubs in the Rhizophoraceae family Kandelia candel and Carallia brachiata, and also Rhodomyrtus tomentosa, a tall evergreen shrub in the Myrtaceae family.

All my insect pics are handheld single shots of live animals, usually in the wild.

Tags:   moth polilla Motte falena มอด мотылек 蛾 koi møll animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Geometridae Dysphania militaris False Tiger Moth Geometrinae wildlife Ob Khan NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Rhizophoraceae Myrtaceae

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Stratton Wood, Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.

Order : Coleoptera
Family: Cantharidae
SubFamily : Cantharinae
Genus : Cantharis
Species: Cantharis rustica

This species is widespread across much of Europe and is usually found in open woodland, uncultivated meadows, and other areas of long grass. It is a small beetle with a length of up to 13mm and is quite common in the southern half of the UK where it is usually seen from mid-May to early July. It is a predator of small insects and usually hunts on flowers like thistles and umbellifers.
Although some cantharids can be difficult to identify, Cantharis rustica is relatively easy as it has a heart-shaped black mark in the centre of the red pronotum and the femora are partially or fully red. A similar species C.fusca has no red on the legs and the black mark is situated further forward on the pronotum.

All my insect pics are handheld single shots of live animals, usually in the wild.

Tags:   beetle beetles scarabée escarabajo scarafaggio Käfer 甲虫 жук animal outdoor insect Coleoptera macro nature Cantharidae Cantharis rustica soldier beetle Cantharinae wildlife Swindon Wiltshire Stratton Wood live insects UK

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Danainae
Genus : Danaus
Species : Danaus chrysippus chrysippus

Widely distributed from India, through Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, China, Malaysia, and the Philippines. One would also expect to see them in Laos and Cambodia but I have no records of this. It is a medium-large butterfly with a wingspan of 55-70mm. Habitat is warm open country, parks, and gardens but also sometimes in moist forested hilly areas up to an altitude of 2700m asl. The species is distasteful to predators and it is quite common to see them in the early morning feeding on the pyrrolizidine alkaloids oozing from the stems and seed pods of such plants as Senna. It is these alkaloids that give the butterfly their bad taste. Both sexes nectar on flowers and males also feed on animal dung and mud puddle on damp ground.
Larval food plants include Asclepias curassavica, Calotropis gigantea (Apocynaceae), and Ficus racemosa (Moraceae). Eggs are laid singly on the underside of a leaf of the host plant and the lifecycle from egg to adult takes around 17-20 days. The adult lifespan is between 7 and 14 days, males generally living longer than females.

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

Tags:   butterfly mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Danaus chrysippus Plain Tiger Danainae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies หรือหนอนใบรักธรรมดา

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Coate Water, Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.

Order : Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Sub-Family: Satyrinae
Genus : Pyronia
Species: Pyronia tithonus

A medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 40-47mm. Very common and widespread throughout much of Europe although not everywhere. It is noticeably absent in Scandinavia, Scotland, and the Mediterranean Islands. It's eastward range extends only as far as western Turkey.
Habitat is almost anywhere that long grass is found near to tress and hedges. It can also be found on heathland and other rough grassland where there is scrub. Usually only males are seen, the females being somewhat shy and elusive. The larval foodplant is various grasses but with preference to fine grasses such as members of the Agrostis, Festuca, and Poa families.

All my insect pics are handheld single shots of live animals, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Pyronia tithonus the Gatekeeper Satyrinae wildlife Wiltshire Coate Water live insects UK


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