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Apefly

Spalgis epius

Description:

Dry season individuals are smaller. Males have pointed forewings, but otherwise, the sexes look similar. The upper side is dull brown. The forewing has a white patch at the center. The size of the patch varies to a great extent, being almost absent in some butterflies. The underside is a light brownish-grey and is marked with numerous wavy, dark brown lines. Its legs and abdomen are marked to suit the pattern of the wings, but its eyes are distinct due to their golden yellow color. Its antennae project upright and forward and are set close to each other. It has long upright labial palpi.

Notes:

The tiny Apefly frequently flies around small trees and many of its typical activities including feeding and basking are done at this level. Females never perch steadily on plants to lay eggs, but instead, dash to the plant to lay an egg and quickly return. This habit allows them to escape the ants that tend to inhabit the places where they lay eggs. This butterfly is common throughout the country and is abundant in fruit plantations. It avoids both extremes: dense forests and vast openings.

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Rithmini Dinhara
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Rithmini Dinhara

Nugegoda, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Sep 22, 2021
Submitted on Sep 22, 2021

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