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Lamnamkok NP, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Family : Arctiidae
Sub-Family : Arctiinae
Species : Ceryx cf.sphenodes

Although listed as an Australian species C.sphenodes has been recorded in Thailand previously. However, species in the genus Ceryx are similar to those of the closely related Amata genus and are very difficult to identify to species level. For this reason I have only id'd this individual as "looks like" C.sphenodes.
It is a small daytime flyer with a wingspan of around 20mm and is considered to be bee or wasp mimic

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

Tags:   moth polilla Motte falena มอด мотылек 蛾 koi møll animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Arctiidae Ceryx sphenodes Tiger Moth Arctiinae wildlife Lamnamkok NP Chiang Rai live insects Thailand

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Polyommatinae
Species : Catochrysops strabo strabo

A widely distributed species that is found in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, and Japan. It is a small butterfly with a wingspan of just 24-30mm. It frequents open sunny areas with low vegetation in a wide range of habitats from forest
edges to urban gardens at altitudes up to around 800m asl. It is very active and is often seen in large numbers. Both sexes feed on nectar from flowers including Lantana sp. (Verbenaceae) and Tridax procumbens (Asteraceae).
Larval foodplants include Cajanus indicusm, Phyllodium longipes, Cylista scariosa, Desmodium heterocarpon (Fabaceae), and Schleichera oleosa (Sapindaceae). Like many other Lycaenid species the larvae are attended by ants.

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 Lycaenidae Catochrysops strabo Forget-me-not Polyommatinae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อฟ้าดอกถั่วธรรมดา

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Plateau des Gras, Bidon, Ardèche, France

Family : Lycaenidae
Subfamily : Theclinae
Species : Satyrium esculi

A small butterfly with a wingspan of just 30-34mm. It has quite a limited distribution and is found in parts of North Africa through the Iberian Peninsula to parts of Southern France. They are on the wing throughout June and July, very occasionally continuing into August, and are often very common and seen in vast numbers where found.
Habitat is hot, dry scrubland at an altitude of 500-1300m, especially where there are scrub oaks which is the larval foodplant. The young larvae overwinter inside their egg shell.

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 Lycaenidae Satyrium esculi False Ilex Hairstreak Theclinae wildlife Ardèche Plateau des Gras Bidon live insects France

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Lycaenidae
Subfamily : Lycaeninae
Species : Lycaena dispar rutilus

This species is distributed widely throughout a large part of Europe but sadly is extinct in the U.K. It continues eastwards via the Near East, the Caucasus, Russia, Central Asia, Korea, and China. It is also present in North America. It is a medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 44-52mm. The species is sexually dimorphic and the female has different markings to the male and is also larger in size.
Habitat is damp marshy locations, particularly around lakes and rivers, and damp apline meadows. Eggs are laid singly on the primary larval foodplant Water Dock (Rumex hydrolapathum) and other docks namely R. crispus and R. aquaticus. In northern areas they are single brooded with the adults appearing in June and July. In warmer southern areas there are two broods in June and August.

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Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Lycaena dispar Large Copper Grote vuurvlinder Großer Feuerfalter Dukatvinge Manto grande Licena della paludi Cuivré des marais Lycaeninae wildlife Lozère Mont Lozère Parc National des Cévennes live insects France

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Lower Moor Farm NR, Wiltshire, U.K.

Family : Libellulidae
Subfamily : Libellulinae
Species : Libellula quadrimaculata

A medium-sized dragonfly with a total body length of 39-48mm. Widely distributed but localised throughout much of Europe spreading eastwards through Turkey, Russia and Central Asia to Korea, China, and Japan. It is also found in Australia and parts of North America. Flying time in Europe is from May to late August. Males are aggressive and very territorial.
Found near shallow and well-vegetated freshwater ponds, lakes, and sometimes slow-moving rivers, with plenty of emergent vegetation and usually situated within, or close to, deciduous woodland. Mating takes place on the wing and the females then hover over the water surface, dropping her eggs which sink down to adhere to submerged vegetation. The resultant larvae live for about two years amongst the vegetation and muddy debris at the bottom of their pond before climbing out of the water to complete their transformation into adults.

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Tags:   dragonfly libellule libellula แมลงปอ 蜻蜓 стрекоза animal outdoor insect Odonata macro nature Libellulidae Libellula quadrimaculata Four-spotted Chaser Vierfleck Ruskohukankorento Fyrfläckad trollslända Viervlek Libellulinae wildlife Lower Moor Farm NR Wiltshire live insects UK


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