Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Blue Begum, Prothoe franck uniformis (Butler)

This is a rare butterfly of the forest and is found settled usually head down on branches for camouflage. The undersides have markings much like the army fatigue in brown on beige background and the hindwing underside has a series of large  greenish grey submarginal spots. It looks like a smaller version of the Glorious Begum with brown colouring but the inside will reveal its beauty: shining metallic blue discal band on a blue-tinged purple-washed brown background. Females are larger and has a decidedly broad greener-grey HW uppersides. Males are generally attracted to carrion and animal dung but females were observed to have an affinity to rotting fruit baits.

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






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Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurence, 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(F)
S2




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







S1




S3


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


S2


S2









Above photos 16 June 2014 @ 11:13



Above photos 05 July 2014 @ 11:18


Above 2 photos 29 July 2014 @ 12:49

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A female attracted to rotting fruits: 15 June 2015 @ 13;12

This worn male was attracted to a stinkhorn fungus: 23 Nov 2015 @ 10:51

14 Mac 2016 @ 11:58

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