Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Autumn Leaf, Doleschallia bisaltide pratipa (C. & R. Felder)

This butterfly is common in villages, recreational areas like waterfalls and forest reserves, quarries and even roadsides but because of its rather shy and distrustful nature, it is not readily photographed (It has a tendency to fly at the slightest movement to approach it). It has an affinity for concrete structures but also visit flowers like Lantana and Chromolaena found at the edge of secondary growths and wastelands. The undersides can show variable coloration and shades (see pix).

Habitat indicator

RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
UMN
MN


 x
 x
 x
 x
 x





Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences [S1-S3 unless stated], H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)
2013
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
S
S
S
S
S
S
S


2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct



SSSSSSSSS
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S
S
S


S
S
S
S
S
S
S

S5S6
2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec


S1
S1
S1
S1(H)
S2(H)





2017
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec


 S1S3
S1 









2018
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec














 30 March 2013 @ 11:09



Above photos from 11 May 2013 @11:05. This particular butterfly seemed to be "overfriendly" by opposition to its shy nature because the butterfly was actually "tracking" me by following me along the jungle path to and fro and repeatedly settled on my hat, my shirt, my arms and on my camera!



Series of 3 photos of a female taken on 06 June 2013 @ 14:37.

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29 September 2013 @ 11:50


29 September 2013 @ 12:15

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Above specimen from a roadside bush: 05 Dec 2014 @ 14:23

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a "regular" form 01 March 2014 @ 12:00

A darker greenish sheen form: 31 May 2014 @ 13:52

A russet purplish sheen form: 31 May 2014 @ 15:00

06 Oct 2014 @ 12:05

15 June 2015 @ 12:24

08 April 2017 @ 13:56

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