Friday, May 31, 2013

The Common Rose, Pachliopta (Pachliopta) aristolochiae asteris (Rothschlid)

This is a fairly common butterfly in the lower elevations and can be seen often in villages, on road side bushes as well as the wooded countries. They are also keen puddlers especially in the earlier hours of the morning where single specimens can be seen puddling on moist spots along jungle paths or village roads (I have seen one puddling on a moist spot next to the village farmer's market at Kuala Medang).

Habitat indicator

RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
UMN
MN
x

 x
 x
 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



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



SSSSSS


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

S


S
S
S
S
S
S

S4
S4
S4
2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec




S1
S1(H)








14 April 2013 @ 14:06




Above 4 photos taken on 29 May 2013 @ 12:39


This is a rather pale rose-coloured specimen taken on 29 May 2013 @ 11:29

A mating pair photographed on 16 August 2013 @ 10:00.

01 March 2014 @ 11:53

20 April 2014 @ 11:23


06 Dec 2014 @ 11:48

19 June 2016 @ 11:57

This butterfly is the subject of mimicry of the Common Mormon, Papilio polytes romulus (Cramer)argued in some as the classical Batesian mimicry since only the mimic benefited from the model's distastefulness (which the model has to be more numbrous than the mimics) but in general, the model (the Common Rose) is definitely rarer than the mimics (the female form of the Common Mormon).

The Common Mormon: will a predator recognize the differents in markings to detect the mimic from the real McCoy?

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