Friday, August 16, 2013

The Clipper, Parthenos sylvia lilacinus (Butler)

This rather large, magnificent butterfly is not uncommon around flowering bushes fringing the forest and villages in Raub and it has a rather lofty habit of settling at a certain height from the ground, making it difficult to photograph from a distance. It has a very uniquely marked wing pattern: zigzag of lines on its hindwings and patches of white spots on its forewings making it instanly recognisable from other nymphalids. It has an unusual stiff gliding flight giving it a rather jerky flight pattern but can be rapid on the wings once disturbed or when engaged in aerial dogfights with other males. Locally abundant.

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
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct





 S4
S4 


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





S2S4S2


S4S4
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S4
S4
S4S6
S4
S4
S4
S4
S4
S4
S4
S4
S4
S4
S4
2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S1b













Above 2 photos 16 August 2013 @ 9:13


 Above 2 photos 16 August 2013 @ 11:32

16 August 2013 @ 11:37

16 August 2013 @ 11:45

16 September 2010 @ 9:21

13:14

 13:18

13:18
Above 3 photos 13 May 2014

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