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Common Map Butterfly

Cyrestis thyodamas


Cyrestis thyodamas is a species of nymphalid butterfly (the largest family of butterflies with about 6,000 species) found in South Asia and Southeast Asia. According to the information I found, the ones found in Taiwan are a subspecies.


Habitat: Subtropical mountainous area, hot & humid, thick trees and brush, close to running water.

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Wesley Oosthuizen
Wesley Oosthuizen 5 years ago

I think you just nailed it Leuba! I've been trying to think what this reminds me of since I saw it. Melting metal! TOTALLY.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

The more I look at it, it seems like melting metal !

Wesley Oosthuizen
Wesley Oosthuizen 5 years ago

Thanks António!

Great spotting Wesley,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Wesley Oosthuizen
Wesley Oosthuizen 5 years ago

Thank you to all for your kind words. :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Must be a refreshing sight in that heat and humidity. Lovely spotting - Congratulations !.

armadeus.4 5 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD Wesley! Very well-deserved :) You're right...some of the most uncommon looking critters have the word common in their name! Wonder if whoever initially used it had run out of words ha ha

AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats Wesley, this beautiful butterfly has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!



IrinaSh 5 years ago

Beautiful spotting!

sunnyjosef 5 years ago

Excellent find Weley!!!

Wonderful spotting.

Wesley Oosthuizen
Wesley Oosthuizen 5 years ago

Thank you for the compliment. It was even more stunning in real life. I was surprised to find out its name has the word common in it, because I'd never seen on before and it sure didn't look common :P

armadeus.4 5 years ago

Incredible looking butterfly! Absolutely beautiful pics. Thank you for sharing :)

Wesley Oosthuizen
Spotted by
Wesley Oosthuizen

新北市, Taiwan

Spotted on Oct 10, 2015
Submitted on Oct 13, 2015

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