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Lethe Rohria Neelgheriensis

Lethe Rohria Neelgheriensis
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Copyright: Himanshu Ranade (Xplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 13 N: 327] (2187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75-300 1:4-5.6 III USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-30 4:41
Viewed: 3374
Points: 2
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Common Tree Brown or Lethe rohria neelgheriensis

Well during a recent one day trek I came across this Common Tree Brown which is not so common in the area we were in. As the name suggests it is mostly found in southern India in the Nilgiris..and a related specie in the Himalayas. So lucky to find it north of the Nilgiris and south of the Himalayas. Found it on the hill slope under a lush green forest canopy.

Common Tree Brown, or Lethe rohria neelgheriensis is a butterfly found mostly in hillsides of Kerala. Occurring from low elevations to about 3000m in north west Himalayas and 1700 m in the northeast, these butterflies are common both in jungles and in fairly open countrysides.

Upper side of the adult Common Tree Brown is brown coloured. In females, apex of the forewings is a bit darker. In males, forewings have a broad white costal spot, two apical spots and two outer black spots. The hind wings with ocelli on the underside visible as faint black and brown spots. Wingspan is 58 70 mm.

The wings of Common Tree Brown are weak and it never flies far even when disturbed. They are attracted to animal dung, overripe fruits and sugary tree sap.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-09-23 11:00]

Hi Himanshu,
Private and beautiful butterfly ..
A fantastic butterfly of the good sharp details and a nice composition.
Best wishes,

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