Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Copper Flash, Rapala pheretima sequeira (Distant)

The recent flowering en masse of the Siam Weed along many road sides brought out this lycaenid into the open. Surprisingly, they become common at the same time (a few species of Rapala), profiting of the flowering plants to feed on...

Habitat indicator

RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
UMN
MN

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


S3F
S3
S3







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

SH
S3S6S7
S6
S4








S3S4S6
2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S3S6 













Above 2 photos 11 Jan 2014 @ 15:25

17 Jan 2014 @ 14:28

Above photo 19 Jan 2014 @ 10:45

28 Dec 2014 @ 11:51

A male: 31 Dec 2014 @ 8:32. They are among the firsts of sun-loving butterflies to descend on flowering shrubs in the morning. Rapalas can be readily observed in tandem with flowering bushes especially Chromolaena odorata otherwise they keep to their lofty perches high on flowering trees.

 9:11

9:14
A male sunning itself on a leaf: 31 Dec 2014. They have a coppery brown upper (compare to a female which has bluish upper below).


Above 2 pictures of a female sunning itself: 01 Jan 2014 @ 9:43

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