Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Tawny Rajah, Charaxes bernadus crepax (Fruhstorfer)

This is the commonest of the Charaxes to be found in Raub. However, it is decidedly a forest insect and is usually found puddling on droppings or moist spots imbued with animal urine along a jungle path. They have stout bodies and are all strong flyers.

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 marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)
2013
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct

S1
S1(H)
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1

2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
S1
S1S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3

2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S1-3
S1-3
S1-3
S1-3
S1-3
S1-3
S1S2
S1S2S3
S1S2
S3
S2


S3

2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S1S3
S3(H)
S1S2S3
S1S3
S1S3
S1(H)S2
S1S2
S1S2






 13:57

14 April 2013 @ 13:59

01 May 2013 @ 12:15

12 May 2013 @ 12:09

Displaying its rich fulvuous brown uppersides and the signature broad sub-apical band in black. 02 June 2013 @ 11:59

A congregating group baited by rotting prawns: 30 May 2013 @ 13:10

This one has a rather greenish sheen on its undersides: 25 May 2014 @ 11:58

Another with a rich purplish sheen under flash: 30 May 2014 @ 11:22

04 June 2014 @ 12:57 - another with an even darker green sheen under flash

06 June 2014 @ 14:43

06 June 2014 @ 11:24 from a different locality

29 June 2014 @ 11:22



Above photos 31 Aug 2014 @ 11:53

01 Nov 2014 @ 11:55

09 Nov 2014 @ 12:28

22 Nov 2014 @ 13:05


Above 2 photos 28 Nov 2014 @ 10:49

02 Dec 2014 @ 11:39

13 Dec 2014 @ 11:23

17 Feb 2015 @ 12:20

11:47

12:56

13:25
The undersides can display a range of markings and colour intensity as shown by the 3 different butterflies above photographed from the same spot: 22 Feb 2015

15 Mac 2015 @ 12:51

04 Apr 2015 @ 11:40

01 May 2015 @ 11:45

12:01

13:16
Above photos 31 May 2015

11:16

12:32
Above photos 11 June 2015

09 Jan 2016 @ 13:52

12 Feb 2016 @ 12:38


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Females are very much rarer and prefers lofty heights. They are sometimes seen along forest edges and are said to prefer tree saps to carrion which the males are attracted to. Above picture 07 August 2016 @ 12:28.

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