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Common Evening Brown Butterfly (Dry-season form)

Melanitis leda leda


I have confused this with Melanitis phedima (Cramer, [1780]) (D'A), ssp nuwara Fruhstorfer, the Dark Evening Brown (family Nymphalidae, subfamily Satyrinae). This is a dry season form of Melanitis leda leda (Linnaeus, 1758), the Common Evening Brown subspecies occurring in the Philippines. M. leda flies mainly in the early part of the evening and often enter houses, attracted by artificial lighting. Both M. leda and M. phedima can be found flying at dusk. Their flight is erratic. Identification from the underside alone is unreliable - M. phedima can only be reliably identified from the dorsal surface, which is much darker than in M. leda.


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Nuwan, thanks also for the faves :)

Thanks Leana! I love the front view pic :)

Nice series Agnes!

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 11, 2013
Submitted on Jan 23, 2013

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