Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Black-Tipped Archduke, Lexias dirtea merguia (Tytler)

Unlike L. pardalis, this species has, as its name suggests, blackened antannae tip instead of the usual orange-tipped antannae and the lack of two orange dots on its thorax. On the upper FW, the spotting on the male FW upper is restricted to the costal area, giving it a much duskier appearance than L. pardalis. They seem to be the predominant species to be encountered in forested areas than L. pardalis.

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


S1-3
S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3S1-3

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

S1-3S1-3 S5S1-3S1-3
S1-3




S2S3
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

S1-3







S2
S2


S3
2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S3 
S3
S2











26 May 2013 @ 10:00




Above photos from 27 March 2013 @ 12:34


Above 2 photos from Fraser's Hills, 18 feb 2014 @ 11:16

18 Feb 2014 @ 15:34, from lower elevation

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The above pictures show that it can be confusing to ID as most of the L.dirtea found in forested areas in Raub has some orange markings on the tips of their antannae except that they are slightly darkened on the uppersides. The key is the lack of 2 orange spots on the thorax (pix above). 03 Dec 2014 @ 12:49-52

02 Jan 2016 @ 13:27


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a female: 17 Mac 2016 @ 12:46



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