Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Colour Sergeant, Athyma nefte subrata (Moore)

This is a common insect in the plain as well as wooded vicinities and can often be seen on roadsides in villages and parks. There is a range of look alikes that requires detailed observation in order to tell apart the various species of the same genus. The white markings of these species have a bluish tinge.

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


S1S3
S1S3
S1S3




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

S1S3


S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3


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

S1




S1
S1


S1S5
S11
S3
S4
2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S3S4
S1S3
S1


S1S2
S1S2







Above three photos of A. nefte subrata (Moore) from 01 June 2013 @ 12:54.


04 May 2013 @ 15:48.


Above 2 photos 29 May 2014 @ 11:09

04 June 2014@ 11:03



Above photos 06 Dec 2014 @ 14:02-03

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female form subrata (Moore, 1858)
Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

 S3














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














The females have the same markings but different coloration: ochre orange markings on dark brown base. Above two photos of the female form subrata from  27 July 2013 @ 13:04, seen settling in the semi shades of a dry mud track.

A slightly lighter coloured female of form subrata from the monsoon period: 14 December 2013 @ 13:59.

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female form neftina (Fruhstorfer, 1906)
Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec











 S6

 S4


2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
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May
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Jul
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Females of this form is easily distinguishable by its orange brown markings much like a Lascar. Above photo 31 Oct 2015 @ 11:04.

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