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Monkey Puzzle

Rathinda amor

Description:

The Monkey Puzzle, Rathinda amor is a small lycaenid or blue butterfly found in south Asia. It is common and present in all the Western Ghat districts of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Goa. Sexes alike. Wingspan - 26 to 28 mm. Upperside - The butterfly is dark brown. It has a white-spot end cell. It has narrow white spots on 2 and 3 which form a short band on the forewing. On the UPH it has two black tornal spots and narrow dark reddish spot above them. Underside - The butterfly is white to dark yellowish brown. Forewing has irregular dark basal markings with a curved white discal line. The apical two-fifths are a rich dark brown colour. The hindwing has a silvery margin with many irregular black lines and spots within. It has three tails, being 2 mm, 6 mm and 2.5 mm in length.

Habitat:

This butterfly is found in jungle areas of moderate to heavy rainfall - both, in heavy forest and scrub. The butterfly occurs below 900 meters or so. It keeps to undergrowth and can be seen along forest paths and in clearings.

Notes:

The butterfly has a weak flight, it stays low and does not fly for long without alighting. Its method of alighting is interesting - as soon as it lands, it turns around and waggles its tail filaments, it also sidesteps for a while - all this is apparently to confuse a predator as to which side is the head. This is a likely reason that the first naturalists may have named the species the Monkey Puzzle.

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12 Comments

Stunning !

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 8 years ago

nice spotting...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Fantastic work !

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah kadavoor! I've been using your flickr collection as a reference for Indian butterflies! Nice to see you here.

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Lovely series!
Welcome to the Community kadavoor!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Super beautiful!

Atul
Atul 8 years ago

superb pics !!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Great series, especially the fourth one with other insects

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Welcome on Noah! Now I can see your face! I certainly know your wonderful pictures from flickr ;-)... A name to remember!!
Fantastic little beauty!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Amzing shots and detailed information. Thank you for sharing.

Arun
Arun 8 years ago

Adipolli .. nice spotting ..

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Very Beautiful,
Welcome to Project Noah,

kadavoor
Spotted by
kadavoor

Kerala, India

Spotted on Apr 15, 2011
Submitted on Jan 12, 2012

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