Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Indigo Flash, Rapala varuna orseis (Hewitson)

Uncommon and localised, in fringes of secondary growths and wastelands.

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

 S6(F)
S6












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





S2













Above photos of a male found visiting Chromolaena odorata with a group of Rapala pheretima. It ressembles a dark purplish R. pheretima on the undersides but the upperside of the male is a deep lustrous steely blue with 2 visible brands on the FW cell, much like a Hypolycaena erylus male's. 30 Dec 2014 @ 10:02 - 10:05.


A worn specimen from 01 Jan 2015 @ 10:40

08 Jan 2015 @ 10:17

 11:07

11:08
Above photos of a male from a forest trail: 26 June 2016

A female show up later: 26 June 2016 @ 12:02

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