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Lamnamkok N.P., Chiang Rai, Thailand

Family : Lycaenidae
Subfamily : Miletinae
Species : Spalgis epius epius

This little lady landed on my finger and I had to take the shot one-handed while she happily feasted on my sweat. Considering that my old hands are not that steady I'm pleased that the shot came out so well.
This tiny butterfly has a wingspan of 20-30mm, the male being the larger. It is an uncommon species that gets its common name from the fact that the pupa is a peculiar shape and resembles a monkey's head. Like other members of the subfamily Miletinae, this species is hemipterophagous, meaning that the caterpillar and adult butterfly both feed exclusively on Hemiptera, or Hemipteran by-products, such as scale insects and mealy bugs. The larvae do not, at any stage of their development, feed on plant material.
Spalgis epius is distributed from Sri Lanka, through parts of India, Myanmar, Thailand, and peninsular Malaysia. Other sub-species are found in the Andaman Islands, parts of Indonesia and the Philippines. It is basically a lowland forest species inhabiting rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations of up to 500m. They are weak flyers covering only short distances and usually spend most of their time at rest.

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Tags:   butterfly butterflies animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Spalgis epius Apefly Miletinae wildlife Chiang Rai live insects Thailand ผีเสื้อดักแด้หัวลิง

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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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Lower Moor Farm NR, Wiltshire, UK

Family : Libellulidae
Subfamily : Libellulinae
Species : Libellula depressa

The Broad-bodied Chaser is well named with its distinctive broad abdomen and is instantly recognisable with the dark brown patches at the base of its wings. It is a very common dragonfly found throughout a large part of Europe with its range extending as far as Central Asia and parts of the Middle East. The species exhibits distinct sexual dimorphism with the male abdomen being blue and the female an ochreous-yellow. Young males are also yellow before they change colour with maturity. It is a medium sized dragonfly with the total length from head to tail being 40-48mm and the wing length being 32-38mm.
Flight period is from May to September. Habitat is a wide range of still waters but favouring small shallow ponds with a good sunny aspect. They are very fast flyers and the males are very territorial and will fiercely defend their patch against rival males and other dragonflies.

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Tags:   dragonfly dragonflies animal outdoor insects insect Odonata macro nature Libellulidae Libellula depressa Broad-bodied Chaser Libellulinae wildlife Lower Moor Farm NR Wiltshire live insects U.K.

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Stratton Wood, Swindon, U.K.

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Species : Polyommatus icarus

Tags:   butterflies lycaenidae insects lepidoptera macro nature wildlife Wiltshire UK AnimalPlanet National Geographic Wildlife Polyommatus icarus Common Blue

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Doi Suthep-Pui NP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Polyommatinae
Species : Leptotes plinius

This species is widespread across south and south east Asia extending as far as China. There are wet and dry season forms but both are very similar with the dry form being just a little paler in colour. It is a small butterfly with a wingspan up to 23mm. The upperside of the male is a puplish-blue while the female is brown with white markings. The underside of both sexes is similar.
Preferred habitat seems to be open woodland where the larvae feed on plants of the Legume family, Plumbaginaceae and some of the citrus family Rutaceae. They are also seen, like this one, puddling on the banks of mountain streams.

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Tags:   animal outdoor butterflies butterfly insects insect macro nature Lepidoptera Zebra Blue Leptotes plinius Lycaenidae wildlife Chiang Mai Thailand ผีเสื้อฟ้าลาย Doi Suthep NP Polyommatinae live insects Butterflies of Thailand


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