Source: A tale of two butterflies Whilst I was photographing these butterflies, I noticed that two males were closely associating with each other. But when I came to look at … Continue Reading A tale of two butterflies
This butterfly is Vindula erota erota Fabricius, 1793: the Thai Cruiser. There are both Wet and Dry season forms of this species (1). This occurrence of different types or forms … Continue Reading A tale of two butterflies
Source: Bunches of butterflies These aggregations of puddling butterflies usually consist largely of males, which are thought to be replenishing their sodium-reserves, lost (or soon to be lost) in the … Continue Reading Bunches of butterflies
When visiting Doi Chiang Dao – a place I have written about before (1) – last November (2015), I came across some interesting aggregations of butterflies; composed mainly of Blues … Continue Reading Bunches of butterflies
Butterflies are seemingly able to fly about and carry out their lives, despite sustaining considerable damage and ‘wear and tear’ to their wings. For some reason, I take comfort in this … Continue Reading Peck me here! Butterfly predation.
It is said that 50% of wild butterflies are killed and eaten before they get a chance to mate and reproduce (1). Poor things! One way to avoid being eaten … Continue Reading Peck me here! Butterfly predation.
Tinolius is a genus of five striking moths in the family Erebidae (Noctuoidea), sometimes called Owlet moths. The forewings are buff coloured with different numbers of white spots; the abdomen is pale red … Continue Reading A medley of moths II: Tinolius species
Asota plana Walker, 1854. A moth in the family Erebidae in the superfamily Noctuoidea which is found between 1,000 to 1,900m. I took this photograph at Doi Ang Khang, in northern … Continue Reading A medley of moths I: Asota species
Source: A complex caterpillar!
The caterpillars of this species – the Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae) – are highly variable and there are many different subspecies; some of which are now regarded as separate species (1, 2). … Continue Reading A complex caterpillar!
Jump, fling and flap!
When a butterfly takes off, it becomes airborne in less than a quarter of a wing beat and can experience a vertical acceleration of about 10 g! (1). Butterflies use … Continue Reading Butterfly takes off!