Friday, May 31, 2013

The Common Evening Brown, Melanitis leda leda (L.)

This is a common butterfly and rather overlooked because of its drab cryptic undersides that blends with its environment of the undergrowth and bamboo thickets. It is found in a wide range of habitats and is not uncommon even in town gardens and villages.

Habitat indicator

RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
UMN
MN


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 x

 x
 x

 x



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


S3




S3

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


S2








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






S6









This butterfly is very variable in its undersides markings. These two photos were taken on 27 May 2013 @ 10:13, surprised to see it attracted to my fruit bait.

06 October 2013 @ 10:30

17 Jan 2014 @ 12:28

From observations, forest insects tend to be mostly melanistic forms irrespective of seasons. However, species from wastelands and open countries seem to be more "regular" as shown by the below photos of one from a wasteland which was photographed entering into houses...


above photo 31 May 2015 @ 17:46


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Above  a much more drab species, Melanitis phedima abdullae (Distant). This is decidedly a smaller insect and has a "rounder" form.

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