Monday, December 1, 2014

The Red Spot Jezebel, Delias descombesi eranthos (Fruhstorfer)

A true hill insect, it can be seen frequenting flowering tall shrubs and tree canopies from mid-morning till noon. It can easily be distinguished by the red spot on the costal area of its HW undersides. This is the commonest Delias in sub-montane to montane zone.

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












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

S5












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











 S5S8

2017
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
 S5
 S5











2018
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec















The above specimen was attracted to the Red Bottle-Brush Tree: 01 Dec 2014 @ 14:01

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 12:49

12:49
Above pictures of a female: 25 Feb 2017


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25 May 2013 @ 10:15

The Delias are early flyers and during the warmer months from late April till June, they can readily be seen hovering over flowering canopies in FH in the early hours, the below flowering tree seems exceptionally abundant and attractive to them...



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