Monday, June 23, 2014

Elymnias esaca esaca (Westwood)

This Elymnias is a rare butterfly of the deep forest and this specimen was found attracted to a rotting Phallus indusiastus fungus in the deep shades. A seemingly "drunk" and slow flying Papilio demolion led me an elevated fallen tree trunk where it plunged into the dark bushes, something which is unusual, and in the bushes, another P. demolion was feeding with a dark butterfly and a flash with the camera revealed this:

What a "drunken" feast it turned out to be: butterflies, bees, beetles and a host of other tiny flies were all over the mushroom. Shortly, about 2 hours later, the fungus was completely devoured by the hungry horde...

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







 x
 x
 x


Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurence, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)
2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct






S2(F)




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







S5




S5
S5
2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
 S3




S2
S2








10:52

10:54. 
The light blue subapical band visible on the FW upperside. The caterpillars were known to be feeding on the Bamboo Orchid, Arundinaria graminifolia on the hills but this particular specimen was photographed in the lowland forest -it must also be feeding on other species of plant...
Above photos 08 June 2014

from mid-elevation where the bamboo orchid does not reach: 10 Jan 2016 @ 11:51

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the uppersides of the male taken by Gan in FH.

and that of a female...

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