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Dot-underwing moth. Eudocima materna
A brilliantly colored moth which is a fruit pest, as it pierces fruits and drink the juice.
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Danaid Eggfly male Hypolimnas misippus 
A butterfly widespread in the Indian subcontinent, gets its name from the female mimicking the toxi butterfly Danaus chrysippus. In butterflies, the males usually have distinctive designs while females exist in polymorphic forms that mimic other toxic and brightly colored species. 
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 A Synoptic Catalogue of the Butterflies of India: a new reference book on Indian Buterflies by +Peter Smetacek​ 
There has been a pressing need for a comprehensive reference on Indian butterflies and here is a chance to get one. Hardbound copies of the book will be available only pre-publication order. Kindly pass it on to your friends who are butterfly lovers. It is eminently affordable at only Rs 400/= (It is a steal at this price)
 For those who would like a hard copy/copies of the book, kindly remit the necessary funds before SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. Please NOTE that we will only get the ordered copies printed and subsequently, COPIES WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.
The book is priced at Rs.400/- plus Rs.100/- handling and postage by Registered Post within India; international price is USD 10/- per copy; please ask for postal rates, since these vary from country to country.
Kindly remit the amount to BUTTERFLY RESEARCH TRUST, IDBI Bhimtal, Account number 0404104000034663, IFSC code: IBKL0000404 and inform us of the transfer at butterflyresearchcentre@gmail.com.)
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/287980260_A_Synoptic_Catalogue_of_the_Butterflies_of_India
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Beautiful image of Northern Brown argus (yes its upper surface is brown) butterfly by +Rolf Kokkonen . It is found throughout the Palearctic and known as Mountain argus in Europe. It  belongs to the Blues family of butterflies. 
Midsommarblåvinge (Aricia artaxerxes)
Mountain Argus (Aricia artaxerxes)

Denna bruna fjäril brukar dyka upp kring midsommartid, det vill säga i slutet av juni. Det är en av tre bruna arter blåvingar, de andra två arter heter Rödfläckig blåvinge och Brun blåvinge. Midsommarblåvingen har gulröda fläckar på översidan av vingarna, men betydligt svagare en vad Rödfläckig blåvinge har. Och speciellt hanar kan sakna fläckar på framvingarna, ibland också på bakvingarna.
Honor av andra arter blåvingar är vanligtvis bruna medans hanar har en vacker blå färg på sina vingar.
Read more: http://bakgrunder.com/bloggen/2009/06/21/midsommarblavinge/

#butterflies #butterflyphotography #fjärilar #butterfly #insects #macro #macrophotography #lepidoptera
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Is that a flower? Stunning common blue butterfly by +Rolf Kokkonen 

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Dingy bush brown butterfly dry season form Mycalesis perseus 
A butterfly seen from India to Myanmar and Malaysia, this is the dry season form. Wet season form has more prominent markings on the underside. #butterfly   #butterflyphotography   Brown butterflies (*Satyrinae or Satyridae) were earlier classified as a separate family but now grouped under nymphalid (brush footed) buuterflies. They are active at dusk and avoid bright lights and their larvae prefer grasses and palms. This was taken in our front yard and there are several palm trees besides grass. 
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Purple-edged copper Lycaena hippothoe 
A small butterfly of the blues (Lycaenidae), seen in northern Eurasia from Western Europe to the Amur river in Manchuria (China), it is less than 2 cm in size and has pale blue underside and this bright upper side. Via +Rolf Kokkonen 

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Lesser Three Ring Ypthima inica 
A nymphalid butterfly of the genus Ypthima (Rings), found in North India as far down south as Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh states, it is a small butterfly seen in the grass and scrub. 
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Common crow butterfly Euploea core 
Commonest of the Euploea butterflies, it is seen in South Asia and Australia. It has a black upperside with two rows of white spots and the underside is dark brown. It is an enedible butterfly as the caterpillar stores poisonous alkaloids obtained from its food plants in its body. 
Being common and poisonous, it is involved in two sets of intriguing mimicry. (Another example of evolution at work). 
Other poisonous Euploea butterflies mimic its pattern through Mullerian mimicry while non-poisonous Papillonidae and Nymphalidae butterflies mimic its pattern in what is called Batesian mimicry
It has a slow flight like other inedible butterflies. Prior experience with a distinctive looking inedible and distasteful butterflies conditions a predator (birds) to avoid similar looking butterflies in the future forming the basis of both Mullerian and Batesian mimicry. 
#butterflies   #butterflyphotography   #mimicry   #evolution  
Examples of Mullerian mimicry by other Euploea 
Brown king crow, Double banded crow
Examples of Batesian mimicry by edible butterflies
Malabar Raven, Common mime, Great eggfly 
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Forget-me-not Catochrysops strabo 
One of the small "blues" (Lycaenidae), from south and south-east asia, it has a pale violet upperside and dull underside marked by a bright spot at the hind corner. You can also see the tail which is typical of many blues. They also perch upside down to confuse the predators (the tail gives the impression that its hindside is the front) so that its vital structures may be spared under attack. #butterflies   #butterflyphotography   If you like butterflies, follow my collection of butterflies https://plus.google.com/collection/83L9b
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