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Mae Swai, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Hesperiidae
Sub-Family : Hesperiinae
Genus : Lambrix
Species : Lambrix salsala salsala

This is a common species in some locations although I have only ever seen this one individual. It is distributed from India, through Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, southern China, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is a small skipper with a wingspan of just 23-27mm but is easily recognised by its beautiful chestnut-coloured wings. It flies all year around and is multivoltine.
The species inhabits humid deciduous forest and is one of the few skippers that you will see regularly feeding on flowers. Favourite nectar sources are reported to be Legazpia polygonoides (Linderniaceae) and Stachytarpheta sp. (Verbenaceae). Larval host plants include Bambusa arundinacea, Axonopus compressus, Ottochloa nodosa, and Brachiaria mutica from the Poaceae family.

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 Hesperiidae Lambrix salsala Chestnut Bob Hesperiinae wildlife Chiang Rai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อจิ๋วหนอนมะพร้าว

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Chiang Dao NS, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Apaturinae
Genus : Mimathyma
Species : Mimathyma ambica miranda

This is an uncommon species that is distributed in a relatively restricted region stretching from India, through Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. It is closely related to the European Purple Emperor (Apatura iris) but is quite different in appearance. Apaturinae butterflies are also generally considered to be closely related to the Charaxinae and Satyrinae subfamilies, as shown by similarities in their early developmental stages. It is a medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 50-60mm, the male being slightly smaller than the female. Like their European cousins both sexes are similar in appearance but males have the beautiful iridescent blue patches on their upper wings.
The species inhabits rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations of up to 2,000 m. Males often visit damp ground to imbibe mineralised moisture and are also quite fond of mammal dung and bird droppings.They regularly settle on rocks and boulders, and if disturbed will usually return to the same spot within a few minutes. However, they are easily disturbed and so are not the easiest of species to photograph. Not much is known about the early stages of this species but the larval foodplant is Ulmus lanaefolia (Ulmaceae).

See a photo of the under wings of this species in the first comment box below.

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 Mimathyma ambica Indian Purple Emperor Apaturinae wildlife Chiang Dao NS Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อเจ้าชายม่วง

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Chiang Dao NS, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Pieridae
SubFamily : Pierinae
Genus : Ixias
Species : Ixias pyrene yunnanensis

This uncommon species is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 45-55mm. Distributed from Sri Lanka, through India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and southern China. Habitat is varied and includes rainforest, humid deciduous forest, dry forest, scrub, and stream banks, at elevations up to around 1000m asl. I do not have any information on how many broods there are but the species is multivoltine and flies throughout the year. Both sexes nectar on a wide variety of flowers and males frequent damp ground to puddle for minerals.
The larval foodplants include Capparis zeylanica, Capparis divaricata and Capparis sepiaria (Capparidaceae)

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 Pieridae Ixias pyrene Yellow Orange Tip Pierinae wildlife Chiang Dao NS Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อปลายปีกส้มเล็ก

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Caen Hill, Devizes, Wiltshire, U.K.

Order : Coleoptera
Family : Melolonthidae
Sub-Family : Melolonthinae
Genus : Melolontha
Species : Melolontha melolontha

This magnificent beetle can reach sizes up to 35mm in length and can be found in a variety of habitats including gardens, hedgerows, and light woodland. It is the UK's largest chafer species. The adults appear in May and are popularly known as the May Bug. They have rather spectacular antennae that have a beautiful fan-like tip. These antennae can be used to determine the sex of the beetle as males have seven 'fingers' in their fan-like tip and females have only six. The adult beetle can live for up to six weeks and once mated the female starts laying up to 80 eggs in several batches. She buries them quite deep in the earth where the larvae hatch after 4-6 weeks.
The rather unattractive larvae develop below ground, usually for 3-4 years but up to five years in colder climates. Feeding on plant and grass roots they continually grow to about 45mm in length before moving deeper into the soil and pupating in the Autumn. The adult emerges after six weeks in the pupal stage but stays buried and overwinters underground, finding its way to the surface in April or May.

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Tags:   beetle beetles scarabée escarabajo scarafaggio Käfer 甲虫 жук animal outdoor insect Coleoptera macro nature Melolonthidae Melolontha melolontha Cockchafer May Bug Melolonthinae wildlife Wiltshire Devizes Caen Hill live insects UK

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Hesperiidae
Sub-Family : Hesperiinae
Genus : Matapa
Species : Matapa aria

A fairly large skipper distributed from Sri Lanka, through India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China. Although it is supposed to be common I have only ever seen this one individual. It has a wingspan of 35-45mm and seems to like puddling for minerals which is quite unusual for skippers. The female is a little larger than the male and has a tuft of hair on the abdomen but is otherwise very similar in appearance . They are fast fliers and usually rest with their wings folded upright. Habitat is primarily in forests up to about 500m altitude or wherever there is an ample supply of bamboo.
The female lays her eggs singly on the underside of a leaf on the host plant. Larval foodplants are Bambusa ssp. (Poaceae) and Dendrocalamus strictus (Poaceae). She conceals the egg in a mass of setae from her abdominal tip. The egg takes 5 days to hatch and the larva then takes 20-26 days to reach the pupation stage. After 7 days the adult butterfly emerges from the mature pupa.

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 Hesperiidae Matapa aria Common Redeye Hesperiinae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อตาแดงธรรมดา


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