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Royal Assyrian

Terinos terpander


The adults are active mainly in the mornings, either in overcast or bright sunny conditions. They tend to sit still for long periods later in the day, but can sometimes be disturbed from rest. Males tend to flit from leaf to leaf, basking here and there for a moment or two before moving on. They can also occasionally be seen on the ground imbibing moisture, and at these times tend to flit constantly from spot to spot, while slowly fanning their wings.

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Royal Assyrian
Terinos terpander Butterflies of Malaysia - Terinos terpander

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30 Comments (1–25)

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

What a beautify!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago

Amazing color!


KarenL 9 years ago


Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 9 years ago

Brilliant colors! Great spotting

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

It's amazing how different the underside is from the upperside... beautiful.

DafneInFiamme 9 years ago

Ecco delle foto. Non l'ho mai vista nemmeno io, ma mi piacerebbe tanto poterla fotografare!!! Non è l'unica farfalla europea ad avere le ali iridescenti, comunque: ne esistono di altri generi, ma ricordo solo l'Apatura! :)

MicheleMorbidelli 9 years ago

Ciao Dafnelnfiamme la farfalla in questione e' stata fotografata in sumatra....vicino lake toba.
Ho visto un po' di foto dell' Apatura ilia di cui parlavi. ma non ho mai avuto la fortuna di vederla. E' bellissima!

injica 9 years ago

DafneInFiamme- grazie per la informazione, incredibile, non sapevo che qualcosa di cosi esistesse in Europa :)

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 9 years ago

Lovely to have one land on the shoe!

NatasciaGiulivi 9 years ago

Great shot Miky!!

DafneInFiamme 9 years ago

Bellissima! Complimenti!
Anche in Italia c'è una farfalla con dei colori così iridescenti: è l'Apatura ilia...

ceherzog 9 years ago

I've never seen that color on a butterfly...very amazing!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Lovely colors!

MicheleMorbidelli 9 years ago

Thanks to all. I'm glad that you enjoy it :) Have a Beautiful Day!!

KerryHawkins 9 years ago

That is the most beautiful butterfly and such a lovely photo with it resting on your hiking boot.

Fantastic Butterfly!! The colors are just great. Thank you for sharing such a great spotting, MicheleMorbidelli.

Billo-kun 9 years ago

Que hermosos colores! <3

Hermosos colores.

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Can't think of any other royal purple butterflies! Gorgeous!

KeithRoragen 9 years ago


Elsa 9 years ago

Love the colour!! Beautiful contrast with the shoe :)

AlejaPatiño 9 years ago

Hermosa!!!! Qué bello color!!!

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North Sumatra, Indonesia

Spotted on Mar 26, 2013
Submitted on Mar 26, 2013

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