Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Orange Albatross, Appias nero figulina (Butler)

The Orange Albatross is particularly common in the month of March -May, seemingly to coincide with the "peak season" whereby many species of pierids and papilionids seem to congregate in certain localities. They are not abundat year-long and tend to be rather seasonal, confined only to deeply forested areas.

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

S1S2S3
H
S1S2S3
S1S2S3




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

S1

S1S2S3S1S2S3HS1S2S3
S1S2S3

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

S1



S1
S1(H)
S1






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



S1(H)
S1
S1S2(H)
S1S2
S1S2
S2
S17
S17

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



 S1
S1(H)
S1S23
S1
S1S25

S1



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













Above photo taken on 27 April 2013 @ 13:06


Above two photos taken on 28 April 2013 @ 12:29

Photo of an "old" specimen showing the darker tones of the wings. 01 May 2013 @ 11:38


A female visiting flowers of a jungle shrub, Leea indica found commonly along open paths in forested areas.

17 December 2013 @ 14:37

19 December 2013 @ 13:03


Above 2 photos from 06 April 2014 @ 12:00 noon

13 April 2014 @ 13:02

 A female came puddling: 26 April 2014 @ 14:07

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26 Oct 2014 @ 12:16

18 April 2015 @ 12:29

 11:40

This season, strongly marked specimens were seen in the usual places: 09 May 2015 @ 11:52

23 Apr 2016 @ 12:08

This year, instead of a single peak season for the Orange Albatross in April, there were a second high season in June: due to fluctuating weather and a spurt in host plant (?). 18 June 2016 @ 12:36

First arrivee of the season: 08 April 2017 @ 13:21

15 April 2017 @ 12:28

 11:20

11:25
Above pictures 27 May 2017

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When even the females come down to puddle on moist spots along forested trail, it is an indication that it is their peak season...26 June 2016 @ 12:16.

A female from disturbed environment, 22 Oct 2016 @ 12:38

29 Oct 2016 @ 12:18

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