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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Limenitidinae
Species : Parasarpa dudu dudu

An uncommon but attractive species found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, southern China, Taiwan, and Indonesia (Sumatra). It is a medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 55-65mm, the female being larger than the male. Habitat is in primary forest at elevations between 600m and 2500m. Males are strongly territorial and patrol their beat in the treetops but periodically settle on the ground to imbibe mineralised moisture.
Larval food plant is Lonicera sp. (Caprifoliaceae) and in Thailand specifically Lonicera japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle). Despite the popularity of this plant as a garden species the White Commadore usually sticks to the forest and is not known to visit urban areas. The larvae themselves are very strange-looking creatures and I find them hard to describe other than to say that they look a little like a spikey slug.
This isn't the best of photographs but it is the only one of this species that I've ever seen and so I'm posting it for the record.

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 Parasarpa dudu White Commadore Limenitidinae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อแถบขาวใหญ่

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Miletinae
Species : Miletus mallus shania

Another uncommon species found in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and peninsular Malaysia. The shania subspecies is only found in north and northeast Thailand. It is a small-medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 37-40mm. I believe the larvae may be wholly aphytophagous, feeding on small homoptera. The adults do not visit flowers and may feed on the excretions of the same homoptera. Apart from this basic information there seems to be little known about this particular species.

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 Miletus mallus Narrow-banded Brownie Miletinae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อหนอนกินเพลี้ยแถบแคบ

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Polyommatinae
Species : Niphanda asialis

An uncommon species found in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, southern China, and Indonesia. It is only a small butterfly with a wingspan of 26-29mm. Unfortunately I have been unable to find any more information on this species and as I have only seen it briefly a couple of times I don't have any personal observations to add.

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 Niphanda asialis White-banded Pierrot Polyommatinae wildlife Doi Suthep-Pui NP Chiang Mai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อม่วงปีกแหลมแถบขาว

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Heliconiinae
Species : Issoria lathonia

Widely distributed throughout most of mainland Europe (except for Scandinavia), parts of North Africa, and continuing eastwards through Turkey, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. It is a small-medium butterfly with a wingspan of 35-55mm, the females being slightly larger than the males. Both sexes are similar in appearance and have a distinctive wing shape compared to other fritillary species. It is a strong flier but usually stays close to the ground. Found in a number of different habitats from woodland to alpine meadows and heathland.
The larval foodplants are specific Viola species, namely Viola arvensis, Viola odorata, Viola hirta and Viola tricolor. In lowland locations there are often two broods (rarely three) per year but only one at alpine sites. Females lay their eggs singly on or near the host plant in warm, dry, and sheltered situations.

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 Issoria lathonia Queen of Spain Fritillary Latonia Kleiner Perlmutterfalter Sofía Storfläckig pärlemorfjäril Heliconiinae wildlife Lozère Parc National des Cévennes Mont Lozère live insects France

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Lower Moor Farm NR, Wiltshire, UK

Family : Corduliidae
Sub-Family : Corduliinae
Species : Cordulia aenea aenea

A medium-sized dragonfly with a total body length of 50-55mm and a wingspan of around 70mm. Widely distributed throughout much of Europe spreading eastwards through Russia to Korea and Japan. Flying time for this beautiful species is from May to early July. Although it likes sunny locations this dragonfly is often active in overcast weather, unlike many other species that 'go to ground' as soon as the sun disappears.
Preferred habitat is a freshwater pond situated within, or close to, deciduous woodland. Sparse emergent vegetation, scattered bankside trees, and a carpet of leaf litter on the pond floor offers the best conditions for breeding. Other habitats include gravel pits, slow-moving rivers, canals, and in southern Europe around alpine lakes. The larval period lasts from two to three years and the survival rate is extremely low. The number of larvae that develop into adults can be less than 1% according to some estimations.

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

Tags:   dragonfly libellule libélula 蜻蜓 стрекоза แมลงปอ animal outdoor insect Odonata macro nature Corduliidae Cordulia aenea Downy Emerald Vaskikorento Gemeine Smaragdlibelle Cordulie Bronzée Guldtrollslända Smaragdlibel Corduliinae wildlife Lower Moor Farm NR Wiltshire live insects UK


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