Conventional wisdom has it that the ‘tails’ seen at the end of the hindwings of many butterflies, particularly lycaenids (the ‘blues’), are serving to mimic antennae, and together with eyespots … Continue Reading False heads and fluffy tails!
There is a huge diversity of different courtship behaviour in butterflies, but one feature appears to be universal: female butterflies ‘almost never fly towards males to mate’ (Scott, 1973). In … Continue Reading Lang’s Short-tailed Blue: courtship behaviour
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
The hills and mountains of of Galicia in north-west Spain are covered in heather and gorse which flower from late summer into autumn. The heather and gorse are alive with … Continue Reading Blues on the heath!
This strange butterfly is a member of the family Lycaenidae; one usually associated with blues, coppers and hairstreaks. There are however, a group of butterflies in the subfamily Miletinae which … Continue Reading A jaggedy edged butterfly