Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Dark Blue Jungle Glory, Thaumantis klugius lucipor (Westwood)

Butterflies of the dark undergrowth where gingers and palms abound in undisturbed forests.

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




Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H mark an unusually high occurence, F for first record)

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




S1







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



S1
S1


S1






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













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


 S21










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













 This rather worn specimen was accidently encountered along a forest path as it was sulking quietly by the stream. When disturbed, it did not fly far and remained much on the ground. This is a butterfly of the deep shades and thickets. 01 march 2014 @ 12:33.

The blue of its uppersides visible through the torn wing...12:35


Above pictures of a female among the leaf litter of the forest's floor. They are usually very quiet and do not take to the wings unless disturbed at very close range. 23 Feb 2015 @ 12:49


A male from the same locality: 28 Feb 2015 @ 13:24. The males are generally smaller and when they do take to the wings, is completely dark brown on the uppersides with two-third of its wings covered in a deep metallic blue sheen much like a Morpho. Females have much less blue markings and a series of wavy pale submarginal markings on the FW.


Above 2 pictures of amale attracted to rotting banana: 15 March 2015 @ 12:31.

The closest thing to a Morpho from the Malayan Jungle: 15 Mac 2015 @ 13:13

06 June 2015 @ 11:16

 10:20

 10:21

10:21
Above a male 26 March 2017

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