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Chocolate Albatross

Appias lyncida lepidana

Description:

Pieridae; Pierinae; Appias lyncida lepidana Fruhstorfer 1910. "(The PIERINAE are a) Group of butterflies in the family Pieridae (order Lepidoptera) that are named for their white wings with black marginal markings. The adult butterflies have a wingspan of 37 to 63 mm (1.5 to 2.5 inches). Sexual seasonal dimorphism in pattern and colour occur in many species." Philippine Lepidoptera. The specimen shown here is a male.

Habitat:

I spotted these 3 male Appias lyncida lepidana specimens when I was out looking for a male Appias lyncida andrea to include in my Spotting No: 1830027453. I visited my favourite butterfly attracting plant, a large clump of Tropical Whiteweed (Ageratum conyzoides). On the first visit, I spotted one on a stand of Bamboo (Bambusa sp.). On the second visit, I spotted another on The Ageratum conyzoides and on the third visit, I spotted another on foliage in the undergrowth at the base of the A. conyzoides. There was just one problem. Not one of the three was a male A. l. andrea. They turned out to be A. l. lepida. So I had to make this separate spotting. I still have not come across a male Appias lyncida andrea, but I know they are out there !

Notes:

Plant References - http://stuartxchange.com/Bulak.html

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2 Comments

John B.
John B. 2 months ago

Hi jazz.mann, nice to hear from you again. I would have loved to see the Tarsiers, but its one of those things that I kept putting off until it was too late. I am getting to be rather long in the tooth now for travelling. Of course I see them on Nat. Geo on T.V. but it would be wonderful to see them in reality. I can stiil get around a little (but never too far from the house) and luckily we have nice plants all around and rice fields and some forest at the back. So many creatures visit me. I don't have to visit them. But everything is just fine like this because I have my own little catalogue with many creatures which keeps me busy uploading as many as I can to Project Noah - something else I had been putting off for a rainy day. I am enjoying doing this and it keeps the old grey matter turning over. Thanks again for keeping in touch. John B.

jazz.mann
jazz.mann 2 months ago

Hi John: Did you get further south in the Philippines to see the Tarsiers?
https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/81...

John B.
Spotted by
John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 6, 2017
Submitted on May 18, 2022

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