Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Bamboo Tree Brown, Lethe europa malaya (Corbet)

This is a common butterfly but uncommonly seen because of its habits of settling in dark recesses of undergrowths (especially bamboo - which it wouldn't be called a Bamboo Tree Brown for nothing, and ginger thickets). It can surprisingly be baited with rotting carrion. In flight, it is nervous and settles very briefly in any one spot and disappears soon after again into its hiding, making it sometimes difficult to get a clear shot of the live insect.

Habitat indicator
RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
UMN
MN



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

S1
S1
S1





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




S1S3




S1
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S1




S1








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













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12:33
Above photos taken on 30 May 2013.

This butterfly was resting beside a large ginger thicket by the path and was disturbed when I pass by, settling on a sun speckled bush before disappearing into a bamboo thicket nearby...27 April 2013 @ 11:15

Above photo 22 March 2014 @ 11:52. I was surprised to find it puddling in the sun on a moist spot but as I approached, it slowly moved towards the shades and then flew back into the thickets.




Above 3 photos 05 April 2014 @ 11:39-11:45

11 Apr 2015 @ 11:26

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