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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.

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Plateau des Gras, Bidon, Ardèche, France

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Genus : Pararge
Species : Pararge aegeria aegeria

This is a common species throughout Europe and parts of North Africa. The southern subspecies (aegeria) pictured here looks a little different to the subspecies (tircis) found in northern Europe and the British Isles. It is essentially a woodland species that likes to fly in the dappled shade of forest edges and clearings. Males are very territorial and will see off any intruders found on their 'patch'. The resultant 'dog fight' spirals up to the tree tops and can last for several minutes.
The female lays her eggs in grass, sometimes attaching them in the usual way and sometimes just dropping them randomly whilst in flight. The larva emerges after about a week and commences feeding on various grass species. Unusually it is able to overwinter as either a half grown caterpillar or as a pupa.

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 Pararge aegeria Speckled Wood Satyrinae wildlife Ardèche Plateau des Gras Bidon live insects France

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Plateau des Gras, Bidon, Ardèche, France

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Genus : Brintesia
Species : Brintesia circe circe

A large species with a wingspan of up to around 80mm. It is found in Central and Southern Europe, where it is quite common and widespread, continuing eastwards into the Caucasus and Iran. It is found in a range of dry grassland habitats including bushy areas and light woodland up to an altitude of about 2000m.
There is only one generation flying from June to September. In many ways it is quite different to other Grayling species including being larger and having a powerful and often soaring flight. Both sexes nectar on a variety of wild flowers and the males often 'puddle' on damp ground. A peculiarity of this species is that the female drops her eggs in grasses whilst in flight. The resultant larvae are crepuscular, that means they are active only in the twilight hours, when they feed on various grasses in the Poaceae family.

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 Brintesia circe Great Banded Grayling Satyrinae wildlife Ardèche Plateau des Gras Bidon live insects France

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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.

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus : Charaxes
Species: Charaxes marmax marmax

A medium-large size butterfly with a wingspan of 50-65mm that has limited distribution in north-east India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China (Hong Kong). It is generally quite rare and is found in humid deciduous forest habitats at altitudes up to more than 1000m in some places. Although both sexes are similar in appearance the species is sexually dimorphic with the female being larger than the male. Males are avid puddlers and are also frequently seen feeding on animal dung and urine.
A known larval foodplant is the herb Croton tiglium (Euphorbiaceae) but it may use other Croton species as well. The female lays her eggs singly on a leaf of the host plant. Compared to many other species the duration from egg to adult is quite long and takes approximately 60 days.

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

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