Thursday, June 13, 2013

Troides amphrysus ruficollis (Butler)

This is a very large butterfly and is among the showiest denizens of the forested path. It has a very lofty habit of flying and hovering over canopies of tall trees, sometimes coming down to medium height trees in flowers but it will never puddle. If you're lucky, they can be seen earlier part of the morning sunning themselves on leaves of tall bushes and that's when you will have a window of opportunity to snap a few photos. They are easily spooked even at a distance.

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

S1

S1


S1


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


S1S1S1S1S2S2S2S2S2S2
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1




S3
S1
S4

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


S2
S1
S1
S1
S2







A very large male sunning itself in the deep interiors of a forest reserve, 13 June 2013 @ 10:56.

An even larger female fluttered by @ 11:14. T. amphrysus and T. cuneifer has a signature patch of pale yellow or white markings on its forewing apex, even in the males and it is clearly visible in flight.

A resting male specimen over a very tall ginger plant on 27 April 2013 @ 12:21.




This male was perching repeatedly, after having flew off a few times from me approaching, on the same shady spot by a stream. 29 September 2013 @ 11:32.




11:44


13 June 2014 @ 15:53


 A male trying to mate with a newly eclosed female

The male was spooked by the presence of the camera and the female was left sitting by a small bush
Above photos 16 June 2014 @ 10:56


A female fluttered lowly by the bush with two males in the vicinity- I caught it and to my surprise, it feigned death. It was placed on the forest floor where it continued to feign death for a short moment before it flew off back to the canopy...30 Nov 2014 @ 12:51

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