Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Common Sergeant, Athyama perius perius (L.)

I have to agree with C&P's note that this is an insect with erratic occurences and I have yet come across a specimen since the last one taken in 2005 or so. Actually, this is an insect of the plains and open countries and as I have only been frequenting forested areas of late, could have been a reason for its rare sighting. However, I have to reiterate that the use of pesticide and herbicide to control weeds contributed much to the disappearance of many species that rely on secondary growth in open spaces.

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









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












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

S6
S6
S1



S7






2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
 S4











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




 S1

 S6






2018
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec















Above 3 photos from 9 August 2005 @ 10:27

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Then, it reappeared everywhere in 2015...


Above photos 25 Jan 2015 @ 13:06

A female feeding on a Marigold flower: 02 Feb 2015 @ 10:37

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