Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Chocolate Albatross, Appias lyncida vasava (Fruhstorfer)

Probably the commonest pierid that inhabits the forested path, it is found throughout the year but most abundant from March to July. It is an unmistakable butterfly, its white uppersides contrasting with its chocolate bordered undersides and the lemon yellow hindwings against its white forewings on the undersides (pix below). Sometimes, they can be seen congregating in large numbers with Graphiums and other pierids on a sunny day on a moist spot.

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
S1-3
S1H
S1H 
S1-3
 S1-3
S1-3
S1-3
S1-3

2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
S1-3
S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3HS1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S1


S1-3
S1-3
S1-3
S1S2
S1S2S3

S1
S1


S3

2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
 S1S3
 S1S3
 S1
S1S3
S1S3(H)








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


S1S3
S1(H)S3
S1(H)








06 August 2013 @ 12:17
24 August 2013 @ 11:53


Above two photos of its uppersides (male): 12 May 2013 @ 11:57


Above 2 photos of a female visiting flowers: 30 March 2013 @ 12:06

14 December 2013 @ 13:53

17 December 2013 @ 11:47

09 March 2014 @ 13:05

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01 May 2014 @ 11:03


Above 2 photos of a form (or variant?) as they have decidedly dark dusted veins on the undersides of the HW.

Notice the two vars. in this photo from 14 April 2014

14 Mac 2015 @ 11:42

This one has a much darker dusting: 12 Apr 2015 @ 11:28

15 April 2017 @ 12:22

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22 May 2016 @ 12:24

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