Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Plain Tufted Lancer, Isma iapis iapis (de Nicéville)

Common in a wide range of habitats, often seen at the edges of the forest sunning itself or visiting flowering bushes.

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


x
x
x
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





S3 
S3 
S3

2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
S3
S3S3







S1S3S4
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S3
S3S4
S1S3S4
S1S3S4







S4
S4
S3S4

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



S3
S3








04 August 2013 @ 10:48

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This butterfly is common in certain exposed patches of deeply wooded localities and flies in the earlier part of a sunny morning, sometimes even coming down to puddle on a moist spot...

21 September 2013 @ 10:56

 11:03

11:05

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Abovw 2 photos from 21 November 2013 @ 14:37

A mating pair: 17 Jan 2014 @ 12:51

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10:22

10:39
Above photos 25 Oct 2014



Above photos 28 Nov 2014 @ 10:41-10:48

11:11

 11:35

11:36

11:50
Above photos 18 Dec 2014




Above photos of a female: 07 Jan 2015 @ 12:26 - 35

 12:07

12:10
Above photos 14 Feb 2015

Male from S4: 08 Nov 2015 @ 10:35

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Pale Hedge Blue, Udara dilecta dilecta (Moore)

This tiny common butterfly is often overlooked amongst the mass of puddling butterflies, especially among the "Blues". There are a number of Hedge Blues ressembling one another and this species is identifiable by the rather paler blue uppersides of the male than others of the same genus. Locally common, especially in forested areas. They seem to be commoner in the hills.

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






 x
 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
S1H
S1
S1 
S1 
S1

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



S1S1H






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





S1
S1S8H
S1




S5
S5
2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec


 S3
 S1S3
 S1S5








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


S5S16
S1
S5
S5S17







01 May 2013 @ 11:40

15 June 2013 @ 12:56. 

13 June 2013 @ 14:05

13 June 2013 @ 14:44. Notice the blue colour of the upperwings showing...

18 Feb 2014 @ 11:22

 A small puddling group: 15 March 2014 @ 11: 30. As many different species have almost idebtical markings on their undersides, it is almost impossible to ID any with just a photo...


A truck zoomed past the jungle path and some newly eclosed butterflies were too slow to react, resulting in some casualties on the sand banks...

I put it up to get a nicer shot - 11:34. 

13:15

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U. dilecta: above 3 photos from 22 March 2014 @ 11:39

25 April 2015 @ 12:50


Above pictures of puddling Udara dilecta: 23 May 2015 @ 12:30


Above pix of a single specimen from sub montane zone: 01 May 2016 @ 11:51

08 April 2017 @ 12:40

 12:26

12:27

12:33

12:34

12:44
Above pictures 16 April 2017


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