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!
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!
Take a photograph of a flower, examine it closely – or enlarge it on a computer screen – and you will invariably find an insect lurking somewhere in the picture. … Continue Reading Flowers and insects: an ancient alliance
The Butterfly Pavilion in Amsterdam’s Artis Zoo is one of the best butterfly houses I have seen. There are a wide range of butterfly species flying around in the large … Continue Reading Butterfly Pavilion at Artis Zoo
There were huge numbers of Marsh Fritillary (Eurodryas aurina) butterflies flying about in Galicia (north-west Spain) when I visited the province in late April. Many of them were feeding on a … Continue Reading Feeding on hemlock!
Burnet moths look to me like they are wearing fancy red and black coats! But their sartorial elegance and vivid colouration spell out a clear warning to any would be … Continue Reading Yellow and black larvae; red and black adults; what am I?
Visitors to Chiang Mai usually head up the mountain to visit Wat Doi Sutep. Beautiful and impressive though this temple is, it can get quite crowded on weekends and holidays. … Continue Reading Forest walk
Pansies are butterflies in the genus Junonia, although not all Junonia species are pansies! There are at least 30 species in this genus – and a much larger number of subspecies – … Continue Reading A bunch of pansies!
I wrote about this beautiful butterfly – The Red Lacewing – in a previous blog (‘Don’t eat me I’m poisonous!) posted on this site last year (12 Jan 2014). I … Continue Reading Cethosia biblis Drury, 1770
The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia), is a common butterfly of forested areas in South and South-East Asia. The species occurs over a huge area: from India and Sri Lanka in the … Continue Reading Clipper
Whilst photographing this striking butterfly – The Common Tit (Hypolycaena erylus himavantus) in Thailand – I noticed that it was moving the tails at the end of its wings. The … Continue Reading Pushmi-pullyu butterfly
If skippers were dogs, I think they would be pugs! Skippers are stocky little butterflies with hooked antennae, large eyes and a rapid, bobbing or darting flight. There are about 3,500 … Continue Reading Skippers
The Common Earl (Tanaecia julii), as the name suggests, is a relatively common butterfly with a wide distribution, including India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, China, West Malaysia and Sumatra. It is … Continue Reading The Common Earl, a butterfly with green eyes!
Wear and tear!.
We all start off bright and shiny! Our new scales glittering in the sunshine, bedazzling and bewitching all onlookers. But life gradually takes its toll; our scales fall off, bits … Continue Reading Wear and tear!
The Dusky Diadem [Ethope himachala (Moore, 1857)] is a fairly common species in upland regions of northeastern India, for example in provinces such as Arunachul Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland (1). … Continue Reading Old blue eyes!