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Common Evening Brown

Melanitis leda


Now this is clearly a dry season form of M.leda. The underside is light brown in color but with a pale reddish hue on this one. Clearly this species is a little larger in size than M.phedima. Upper side of the wings are dull brown in color and much lighter than M.phedima. There are two eye-spots on the upper side near the apex and an orange hue surrounding them.


Spotted at my home, suburban residential area.


I've been noticing several M.leda as well as M.phedima species in my garden as its the season of Jack-fruit, not only the satyrinae butterflies are attracted to the ripened fruit, but also squirrels, birds and many other creatures. The loudest of them is clearly the bats which would feed on the fruit at night.

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Gampaha, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Feb 8, 2021
Submitted on Feb 8, 2021

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