Monday, June 10, 2013

The Pallid Faun, Melanocyma faunula faunula (Westwood)

This butterfly looks like a pale version of the Common Faun with distinctive wavy black markings on its pale greyish undersides. There is a pale yellow patch at the end of its hindwing that is visible in flight. It inhabits primary forests of higher elevations and usually keeps to the mid storey. It can be baited with rotting fruits but it will seldom descend from its lofty perch. It is more in flight than the Common Faun and is not uncommon in hill stations. Specimens from lowland forest tend to be smaller in wingspan than their cousins from the hills.

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







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 x
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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
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Jul
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Oct


S1S3
S3S5
S1S3
S3



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



S3S3S1S3S3S1


S3
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

S8



S8

S1


S3


S3
2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
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This one was resting on a patch of lichen at the mid-trunk of a tree 01 May 2013 @ 16:38.

These two were flying over a stream: 29 May 2013 @ 14:39.

10 June 2013 @ 14:24. This one descended to the tarmac on the abandonned stretch of Jeriau road because of the landslide. It was feeding on rotting figs on the tarmac.



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Above 2 photos : 13 June 2013 @ 10:12

28 July 2013 @ 11:56

18 Feb 2014 @ 12:00

02 June 2014 @ 12:51

Glimpse of its upper: 14 Dec 2014 @ 13:01

This one came to rotting bananas: 05 June 2015 @ 12:16 (S1)

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