Sunday, October 25, 2009

Painted Jezebel caterpillars

These are the 30+ caterpillars (a few hidden behind the leaf ) my mrs rescued from the mistletoe plant in my condo.

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If left on the plant, the caterpillars will most likely perish from the weekly fogging or being removed together with the mistletoe by my condo’s gardener.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A large moth in my living room !

A large moth just landed in my living room !

It is Erebus ephesperis ( we call it Mee Rebus moth ;-D ) from the Noctuidae family.  This is the 3rd largest moth in Singapore, the other 2 being the Atlas moth (Attacas Atlas) and Lyssa moth (Lyssa zampa).

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Elymnias hypermnestra tinctoria (Moore, 1897)

Name : Elymnias hypermnestra tinctoria
Common Name : Common Palmfly
Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Satyrinae
Larva host plant : Dypsis lutescens (Palmae), Cycas sp(Palmae)

In Peninsula Malaysia, the subspecies tinctoria is found in Kedawi while it Thailand, it can be found through out Thailand.

In flight, the female of this subspecies can be easily mistaken for Danaus genutia and D. chrysippus while the male is indistinguishable from subspecies agina.

Female – underside
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Female - upperside
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Female ovipositing on Cycas sp.Elymnias hypermnestra tinctoria (f)-Th_Soppong_20090903_5242-480

Life History Record

Date : Aug 2009
Larva Host Plant : Dypsis lutescens (Yellow Cane Palm)
Pupation period : 7 days

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1st Instar Elymnias hypermnestra tinctoria-TH_Soppong_20090908_6153-640

2nd Instar
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3rd Instar
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4th InstarElymnias hypermnestra tinctoria-Th_Soppong_20090906_4728-640 

5th Instar , 50mm.
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Pupa :3-Elymnias hypermnestra tinctoria-Th_Soppong_20090927_DSC_2247-640

Adult (female):Elymnias hypermnestra tinctoria-Th_Soppong_20090928_DSC_2277-640

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