Thursday, August 9, 2012
Archdukes @ USR
I could not join a group of ButterflyCircle members carrying out a butterfly survey at the zoo on 28 July. However, I did manage to find time for my weekly outing at Upper Seletar Reservoir (USR) Park later in the morning.
My first shot of the monring was a rather old Green Imperial (Manto hypoleuca terana) - thanks to Yi Kai for telling me that it was hanging out at the Ixora bushes when I met him along the forest trail.
The forest understory is the preferred habitat of the Common Faun (Faunis canens arcesilas). A common forest species, Common Faun usually can be spotted flitting and puddling along the forest trail.
I encountered a few Archdukes feeding on leaf litter on the forest ground. They were fast on the wings, alert and scooted off whenever I approached them closer. Knowing their behaviour, I patiently stood still and waited for them to land on the ground again. Yes, they returned to the same spots, giving me chances to snap a few quick shots. Getting some shots of a pair of pristine Black Tipped Archduke (Lexias dirtea merguia) really made my day.
Of the three Lexias species we can find here, The Archduke ( Lexias pardalis dirteana) is the most abundant in our forest - the orange antennae tips differentiate this species from the other two lookalikes. Unfortunately they were not at their best appearance.
Many of us have not shot or seen a Yellow Archduke (L. canescens pardalina) for a very long time. I hope, it will show up in the near future.