Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Sky Blue, Jamides caeruleus caeruleus (H. Druce)

This is not an uncommon butterfly in places where its foodplant, Saracca is common. That would mostly restrict it to streams by the forest's edge where Saracca trees tend to thrive in the moist environment. It tends to restrict itself to the shades of the moist forest undergrowth and can often be seen flitting around and flashing its characteristic metallic blue uppersides. This is a rather restless butterfly and can be difficult to photograph. Seasonal and varies in abundance according to years.

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






 x
 x




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



S2
S2
S2
S2






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





S1








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



 S2

S2







2017
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
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Oct
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Dec













 The beautiful blue metallic sheen of the male giving it an almost morpho-like appearance. 26 March 2014 @ 11:18



Above 3 photos 26 March 2014 @ 11:26. The butterfly seems to be attracted to some kind of fungi on a dried leaf bract on the forest floor.



Above 2 photos 03 Apr 2016 @ 11:06

A male from S3: 04 June 2016 

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Assyrian, Terinos clarissa malayana (Fruhstorfer)

This is an insect of the forest that is sometimes found in the same vicinities of T. terpander. However, it is larger in appearance and has a much longer tail projection at the vein 4 of the hindwing. When the wings are open, this area is coloured pale yellow-orange with purple post-discal spots. They tend to stay in the shades till mid-day where they will retreat deeper into the shady forest. Uncommon.

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







 x




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




S2


S2

S2



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




S2


S2






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


 S2


S1S2







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













A worn male: 11;27

11:32

Compare the tail projection of T. terpander to that of T. clarissa above.

 11:32

11:40
Above all photos from 24 March 2014






Above pictures of a male: 22 Mac 2015 @ 11:58


another male: 22 Mac 2015 @ 12:26

25 June 2016 @ 15:42