Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Spotted Palmfly, Elymnias malelas ivena (Fruhstorfer)

In flight mimics closely an Euploea mulciber male. At a glance resembles very much E. casiphone and E. patna especially the uppersides but the undersides differs in having more regular striation (below specimen was IDed by M. Inayoshi).

Very rare jungle insects confined to deep lowland forest. On record possibly introduced from Thailand through plant imports (pandan coconut - E. malelas was known to breed on coconut palm in Thailand) but this should not be the case as the below male was photographed from within the deepest recess of a remote hill on the Main Range in Raub.

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







 x




Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)

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


S1F 










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




S1
S23



S1



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













2019
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec














 13:26

 13:28

13:28
Above pictures of a male seen at 300M above sea level.

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Their numbers suddenly spiked in 2017 and the insect seems to prefer rather disturbed environment near bamboo and palms.

 13:47

13: 49
Above pictures 28 May 2017


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