Monday, January 2, 2012

Chilades Pandava (Plains Cupid Butterfly)

Those photos above were taken in Bengkulu Indonesia. This tiny butterfly is called plains cupid butterfly (Chilades pandava).  It is only 1 to 2 cm long. The antennae and leg are colored black and white, the eyes are black, the head, abdomen  and thorax are covered with white hair.
The base color at the underside is greyish brown with some patterned white and darkish-brown markings . The hind wings have four small dark spots encircled in white.  Along the outer margin of fore wing and hind wing bounded by a brown line before  grey line and at the terminal full with cilia. At the hind wing lower outer margin near the tornus, there are one or two big black mark half surrounded by orange thick arc. Each hind wing  has one one tail like at the lower border .
The upper side of fore wing and hind wing are colored light green and hairy from base to discal. The post discal is colored grey until marginal which bordered with cilia

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chilades
Species: C. pandava
Binomial name
Cilades pandava
(Horsfield, 1829)


odoriferous at /r/butterfly

Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Focal length: 300mm, F-stop:f/8, Exposure time:1/640 sec, ISO 640

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