Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Sky Blue, Jamides caeruleus caeruleus (H. Druce)

This is not an uncommon butterfly in places where its foodplant, Saracca is common. That would mostly restrict it to streams by the forest's edge where Saracca trees tend to thrive in the moist environment. It tends to restrict itself to the shades of the moist forest undergrowth and can often be seen flitting around and flashing its characteristic metallic blue uppersides. This is a rather restless butterfly and can be difficult to photograph. Seasonal and varies in abundance according to years.

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






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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



S2
S2
S2
S2






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





S1








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



 S2

S2







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













 The beautiful blue metallic sheen of the male giving it an almost morpho-like appearance. 26 March 2014 @ 11:18



Above 3 photos 26 March 2014 @ 11:26. The butterfly seems to be attracted to some kind of fungi on a dried leaf bract on the forest floor.



Above 2 photos 03 Apr 2016 @ 11:06

A male from S3: 04 June 2016 

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