Butterflies from Thailand 

March 2016

by Nikolaj Kleissl

First update d. 2 March 2016

Last update  d. 2 April 2016

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Mae Pak, Wang Chin District, Phrae, Thailand

March 2016.

Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Chiang Mai, Thailand March 7, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj KleisslMae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Chiang Mai, Thailand March 7, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj KleisslMae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Chiang Mai, Thailand March 7, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

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Golden Birdwing, Troides aeacus

Golden Birdwing, Troides aeacus (Felder & Felder, 1860) male. Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand march 9, 2016. Photographer;  Nikolaj Kleissl

Golden Birdwing, Troides aeacus (Felder & Felder, 1860) male. Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand march 9, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Links to Birdswings, Tribe Troidini

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Moth Butterfly, Liphyra brassolis

d. 2 marts 2016

Moth Butterfly, Liphyra brassolis and Weaver Ants, Oecophylla smaragdina antnest. Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District,  Thailand March 2, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj KleisslMoth Butterfly, Liphyra brassolis and Weaver Ants, Oecophylla smaragdina antnest. Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District,  Thailand March 2, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj KleisslMoth Butterfly, Liphyra brassolis and Weaver Ants, Oecophylla smaragdina antnest. Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District,  Thailand March 2, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj KleisslMoth Butterfly, Liphyra brassolis and Weaver Ants, Oecophylla smaragdina antnest. Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 2, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Moth Butterfly, Liphyra brassolis and Weaver Ants, Oecophylla smaragdina antnest.
Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 2, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl
 
Moth Butterfly, Liphyra brassolis (Westwood, 1864) Description: The moth butterfly is one of the largest members of the Lycaenidae in the world, with a wingspan of about 70-76mm. The butterflies are heavily built, and have a furry moth-like appearance, hence the common name.
The extraordinary carnivorous caterpillar of Liphyra brassolis lives inside the nests of Weaver Ants, Oecophylla smaragdina, attacking and devouring hundreds of ant grubs.
The butterfly lays it's eggs singly on the underside of tree branches. It often returns several times to the same spot, so that several eggs may eventually be laid in close proximity. The chosen tree can be one of several species, but only "ant trees", are used, i.e. a specimens which have been colonised by weaver ants. Each tree holds numerous ant nests, each constructed by the ants from bunches of leaves which they have stitched together with silk. Each nest may contain between 50-200 worker ants, a queen ant, and hundreds of developing ant grubs.
The ants have no defense against this cannibal. In Burma, Thailand and Cambodia harvested these Lycaenidae larvae and pupae by villagers for consumption. They are also used in medicine, for bird food and fish bait.

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Malaysian Moon Moth, Actias maenas

d. 9 marts 2016

Malaysian Moon Moth, Actias maenas (Doubleday, 1847). Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 8, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj KleisslMalaysian Moon Moth, Actias maenas (Doubleday, 1847). Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District,  Thailand March 8, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj KleisslMalaysian Moon Moth, Actias maenas (Doubleday, 1847). Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 8, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Malaysian Moon Moth, Actias maenas (Doubleday, 1847).
Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 8, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl.
Nikolaj Kleissl: was just lucky the other day to see this great moth on mid-day and then in so good condition. Read more on facebook.

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Jade Hawkmoth, Daphnis hypothous

Jade Hawkmoth, Daphnis hypothous crameri (Eitschberger & Melichar, 2010). Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 5, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Jade Hawkmoth, Daphnis hypothous crameri (Eitschberger & Melichar, 2010). Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 5, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl.

 Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand march, 2016. Photographer;  Nikolaj Kleissl

Yellow Club-tail, Pachilopta neptunus (Guerin, (1840).
Surat Thani, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand March, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl.

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Common Clubtail, Losaria coon (Fabricius, 1793). Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 9, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj KleisslZygaenid Day-Flying Moth, Cyclosia midamia (Herrich-Schäffer, 1853). Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 9, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Common Clubtail, Zygaenid Day-Flying Moth,
Losaria coon (Fabricius, 1793). Cyclosia midamia (Herrich-Schäffer, 1853).
Mae Pak Phrae, Wang Chin District, Thailand March 9, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand March 11, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Chiang Mai, Thailand March 11, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

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Sai Yok, Thailand march 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Sai Yok, Thailand march 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Plains Cupid, Chilades pandava. Rounded SixLine Blue, Nacaduba berenice.  Tailless Lineblue, Prosotas dubiosa. Longtail Blue or Pea Blue, Lampides boeticus. Zebra Blue, Syntarucus plinius. Sai Yok, Thailand march, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl Sai Yok, Thailand march, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj KleisslLongtail Blue or Pea Blue, Lampides boeticus. Sai Yok, Thailand march, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl Sai Yok, Thailand march, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl Sai Yok, Thailand march, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl Sai Yok, Thailand march, 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Zebra Blue, Long-tail Blue, Tailless Lineblue, Rounded SixLine Blue, Plains Cupid,
Syntarucus plinius Lampides boeticus Prosotas dubiosa Nacaduba berenice Chilades pandava
(Fabricius, 1793). (Linnaeus, 1767). (Semper, 1879). (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869). (Horsfield, 1829).
Sai Yok, Thailand march 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Sai Yok, Thailand march 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Sai Yok, Thailand march 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Sai Yok, Thailand march 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

Sai Yok, Thailand march 2016. Photographer; Nikolaj Kleissl

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Nepal; birds and butterflies by Lars Andersen November 1995 & February 2000.

Ghana; Butterflies by Henrik Bloch and Jan Flindt Christensen January 2006.

China; Butterflies from Hainan by Henrik S. Larsen October 2007.

Thailand; Butterflies from Koh Samui by Erni Boesen January 2011.

India and Nepal; birds and butterflies by Troells Melgaard February 2011.

Thailand; Butterflies by Henrik S. Larsen February 2016.

Thailand; Butterflies by Nikolaj Kleissl March 2016.

Zambia; Butterflies by Lisbeth Borup March 2016.

Borneo; Butterflies by Hanne Christensen 2016. Kim Jespersen and John S. Petersen 2017.

Morocco; birds and butterflies by Erling Krabbe March 2017.

São Tomé; birds & butterflies trip by Erling Krabbe January 2018.

Sri Lanka; birds & butterflies trip by Knud Ellegaard January 2018.

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