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Dark Grass Brown

Orsotriaena medus medus


Nymphalidae; Satyrinae; Orsotriaena medus medus Fabricius 1775. "The SATYRINAE, the satyrines or satyrids, commonly known as the browns, are a subfamily of the Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies). They are generally weak fliers and often shun bright sunlight, preferring moist and semishaded habitats. The caterpillars feed chiefly on monocotyledonous plants such as palms, grasses, and bamboos." Philippine Lepidoptera.


These two Dark Grass Browns were spotted at one end of a rice field which is not well drained and always retains some dampness even in the dry season. The pictures were taken about 9 or 10 weeks after the rice was harvested, but there were still some rice leaves growing in amongst other grasses and foliage on this neglected patch of rice land. This spot is also well shaded, by a nearby house and some Mango Trees. So it all adds up to a really good habitat for most Satyrines.

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 30, 2019
Submitted on May 17, 2022

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