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Common Tit

Common Tit
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-09 5:35
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Points: 3
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Family : Lycaenidae
SubFamily : Lycaeninae
Common Name : Common Tit
Forms : -

The Common Tit has been found in a variety of localities in Singapore, from the mangrove-type environment of Sg Buloh Nature Park, to the forested Central Catchment and even in downtown Singapore along traffic congested Victoria Street ! At the last location, the caterpillars of the species were found feeding on the roadside ornamental plant Ixora javanica (Javanese Ixora) in the heart of town. This is probably a new record of the host plant for this species. The caterpillars collected were bred to adulthood.

The upperside of the male is deep purple blue with a large circular brand on the forewing disc. The female is dull grey-brown and black marginal spots on the greyish white tornal area of the hindwing. The undersides of both sexes are a pale greenish grey with a cell-end bar and a narrow reddish brown post discal line on each wing. There is an orange-crowned black spot and a smaller one on the hindwings.

There are two tails originating from veins 1b and 2 from the hindwing. The species behaves in the typical Lycaenid behaviour of sliding the hindwings in a fashion where the tails appear to be alive. This acts as a decoy to fool predators into thinking that the rear end of the butterfly is the head with the antennae and "eyes".

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To cml: sorryMeerkat 1 11-02 05:52
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Hi Meerkat

Nice work here. Good POV with nice subtle colours. :-)

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This butterfly should be a Common Tit (Hypolycaena erylus teatus).

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