Monday, May 13, 2013

The Courtesan, Euripus nyctelius euploeoides (C. & R. Felder)

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



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 x
 x
 x



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




S1S1S1S1S2

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







S1
S1
S1

S11


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





S1
S1S2




S5
2017
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

S5 
S1 










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













On the trek where I frequent, the male specimen of this butterfly is quite common but found usually singly on a moist spot and sometimes feeding on dung. The last time I saw it, it was very deep into the interior which is a primary forest but that having said, this butterfly can sometimes be seen in villages fringed by forests and even in recreational areas.


The inside is an intense navy blue with striking white and light blue lines, giving it a rather "nautical" feel...


 brown undersides with white markings

All above photos taken on 11 May 2013 @ noon

Normally quite a shy insect and quite difficult to photograph, it became totally oblivious to the camera when feeding on a pile of animal excreta which looks like fermenting seeds. Many butterflies, especially the genus Charaxes, seem to exhibit this drunken stupor when feeding on dung, carrion or rotting fruits. 




Above 3 photos taken on 27 April 2013 @ 12:16


Above 2 photos from 24 May 2013 @11:25

06 June 2014 @ 13:05

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Above 2 photos 19 July 2014 @ 14:02


19 July 2014 14:14



Above photos of a male from S11: 31 Oct 2015 @ 10:35

18 June 2016 @ 12:56




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a female form euploeoides C. & R. Felder: 24 October 2014 @ 12:01

female form isina (Corbet) : 18 Mac 2017 @12:19

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A 5th instar caterpillar found on Trema tomentosa. 04 July 2016

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