Saturday, January 5, 2019

Butterflies of Northern Thainland Part 6 (Satyrinae Subfamily)

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Satyrinae is one of the largest subfamilies of the family Nymphalidae.

The genus Elymnias species are commonly called Palmfly. The Spotted Palmfly (Elymnias malelas malelas) has very nice shimmering iridescent blue on the upper side of the  forewings.
The Tiger Palmfly (Elymnias nesaea) appeared at Chiangdao puddling ground - this was a new addition to my photo collection of butterflies of Chaingmai.   
A male Red-tailed Forester (Lethe sinorix sinorix) stayed rather still on the ground - this particular spot attracted some other butterflies too.
Another specimen was spotted at a higher altitude at Chinagdao.
An upperside shot.
The Banded Treebrown (Lehe confusa confuse) was 'hopping around' - not new to me, so I gave up chasing it after taking this shot. 
I saw quite a few Ring butterflies (Ypthima  species) at Doi Chiangdao but they were rather alert and rarely gave me a good pose with a longer duration. This was a snap shot of  the Ypthima savara.

In the field, I wasn't very sure which Fivering this was. I think this is a Common Fivering (Y. baldus). 
A mating pair of the Y. savara
When there was nothing else to shoot, an unattractive but docile Ypthima confusa could be quite rewarding.
Very often we could find the Bushbrown (Mycalesis species) amongst the Rings. Looking at the prominent white band, we could understand why this is called the White-line Bushbrown (M. malsara).
The postdiscal ocelli (eyespots) of the Mycalesis suaveolens are usually very small.
It was a 'quiet' day when we were at Mae Kampong. In the late afternoon, we encountered  a fast-flying and large butterfly teasing us. Antonio was able to identify it as the White Owl (Neorina patria). Indeed it was a White Owl when it finally perched on top of some leaf litters.  
We had to trek quite a bit before we encountered a Tiger Brown (Orinoma damaris)  - an uncommon species.  When it t flew past us and landed on a leaf surface at our eye level, we quickly took some shots.
To be continued.