Monday, February 16, 2015

Pyroneura natuna (Fruhstorfer)

Uncommon, found usually on flowering Leea indica and Chromolaena odorata bushes in shaded exposition in wooded countries.

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





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x




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

 S4(F)
S4 
S1






S4
S4(H)
S4


Some keys to its ID:
-FW with silverstreak but no small hyaline spot in space 5
-HW vein 8 broadly orange on both sides

25 Dec 2014 @ 12:44

12:45

12:46

12:52

12:53

13:03
Above photos 31 Dec 2014

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Above photos 15 Feb 2015 @ 11:30

S4: 24 Sep 2015 @ 11:36


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A number can be seen visiting flowering bushes at certain times of the year where it occurs...

in flight @ 10:21

10:22

 10:24

 10:25

10:26

 10:26

10:27
Above photos 04 Oct 2015

a worn male from S4: 11 Oct 2015 @ 11:27

13:40


 13:51

13:51
Above 3 different P. natuna from the same locality @ 17 Oct 2015


Above 2 photos 08 Nov 2015 @ 10:32

2 comments:

  1. I was in Brunei in 1985 and photographed this butterfly laying an egg on bird poo. Perhaps part of the life cycle is guano.

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  2. Not true and true in a way. Many butterflies especially the males (and other insects too) visit animal droppings to get minerals for their reproductive needs. That is why they are often seen congregating on sunny seepages.

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