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Jungle Denizen


Jungle Denizen
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1982
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax LX, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-21 9:07
Viewed: 5179
Points: 4
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Lexias pardalis The Archduke

Lexias pardalis is a Nymphalid butterfly that occurs from North-East India and Southern China to Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines. It is strongly sexually dimorphic and there have been previous postings to TN from Vietnam (both sexes), Sumatra (female) and Brunei (male). For today's post I have found a picture of a female L. pardalis from Brunei that has an aberrant upperside. Compared with the normal females in the other TN posts, you will see that this one has the sub-marginal and marginal series of striae much larger and paler.

In Borneo, these butterflies have usually been treated as identical to the Malay subspecies L. p. dirteana but I note from recent web searches that the Japanese author Tsukada has created a subspecific name L. p. borneensis for specimens from this island. I will have to try to get a copy of this work to see how he has distinguished the two races.

The genus Lexias contains approximately 18 quite large species ranging from the Indian sub-continent, through the SE Asian islands to the Australian region. They are all denizens of the primary rain forest and are often found on the jungle floor feeding from rotting, fallen fruits. I was lucky enough to find this female resting in a small sunny spot in the lowland forest of Western Brunei, thus facilitating a reasonably well lit subject with a dark background.

This picture has been scanned from a slide and then cleaned up using Photoshop Elements to remove dust and scratches. It has also been cropped, resized and sharpened.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-22 1:57]

hi alan,
nice to see one more species from you, beautiful butterfly with good colors and patterns. your notes are very valuable for butterfly lovers like me. tfs.
nagraj.v

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-22 2:08]

Hello Alan,
Very interesting to discover all these Asian species of butterfly you show us. Again a very special butterfly, the Archeduke, noble butterfly!
Even if the picture has been taken a long time ago, the patterns are very well visible and it seems to be a beautiful species. Interesting also to read your precise notes
Thanks a lot
best regards
Anne

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