SINOBUG
Gossiping Pale Hedge Blues (Udara dilecta, Lycaenidae)

Mud-puddling, or simply puddling, is behaviour most conspicuous in butterflies, but occurs in other animals as well, mainly insects; they seek out certain moist substances such as rotting plant matter, mud and carrion and they suck up the fluid. Where the conditions are suitable, butterflies will form sizable aggregations. 


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Gossiping Pale Hedge Blues (Udara dilecta, Lycaenidae)

Mud-puddling, or simply puddling, is behaviour most conspicuous in butterflies, but occurs in other animals as well, mainly insects; they seek out certain moist substances such as rotting plant matter, mud and carrion and they suck up the fluid. Where the conditions are suitable, butterflies will form sizable aggregations.

Pale Hedge Blues (Udara dilecta, Lycaenidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Long-Banded Silverline (Spindasis lohita, Lycaenidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Long-Banded Silverline (Spindasis lohita, Lycaenidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Treebrown (Lethe rohria, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae) 


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Treebrown (Lethe rohria, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

Common Treebrown (Lethe rohria, Satyrinae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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LAW OF THE JUNGLE no.22 - Don’t mess with butterflies named Judy
Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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LAW OF THE JUNGLE no.22 - Don’t mess with butterflies named Judy

Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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…..and a few moreChinese Caterpillars






Click images to see identification (linked to their respective Flickr pages).
See others in the series of Chinese Caterpillars tumblr posts HERE. 

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…..and a few more

Chinese Caterpillars

Mid-instar Chalcosiine Day-flying Moth Caterpillar (Chalcosiinae, Zygaenidae)

Geometrid Moth Caterpillar (Geometridae)

Notodontid Moth Caterpillar (Notodontidae)

Nolid Moth Caterpillar (Nolidae)

TGISNSCF* (Series 4/5)

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See others in the series of Chinese Caterpillars tumblr posts HERE.

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Chinese Caterpillars






Click images to see identification (linked to their respective Flickr pages).
See others in the series of Chinese Caterpillars tumblr posts HERE. 

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..
Chinese Caterpillars

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae) "Yellow Devil"

Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae, Erebidae)

Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar (Daphnis nerii, Sphingidae)

Dryad Butterfly Caterpillars (Aemona sp., Morphinae, Nymphalidae)

Pale Green Awlet Caterpillar (Burara gomata, Hesperiidae)

Click images to see identification (linked to their respective Flickr pages).

See others in the series of Chinese Caterpillars tumblr posts HERE.

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Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

The Tailed Judy is my favorite butterfly to interact with and it is early in the year (at the first signs of winter becoming spring) that they start to appear. They are both cheeky and charming and a pure delight of nature to encounter.


Perhaps befitting their nature, the members of the Riodinidae family of butterflies are named after Punch and Judy, a traditional popular puppet show with its origins in the 1600s featuring Mr. Punch and his wife, Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically the violent Punch and one other character. It is often associated with traditional English seaside culture.

Although the Tailed Judy is a country mile ahead of the rest, fearlessness and curiosity is a trait shared by many of the local Riodinidae family of butterflies. 
Click HERE to see other images in my Flickr photostream of this family of butterflies.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

The Tailed Judy is my favorite butterfly to interact with and it is early in the year (at the first signs of winter becoming spring) that they start to appear. They are both cheeky and charming and a pure delight of nature to encounter.

Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

Perhaps befitting their nature, the members of the Riodinidae family of butterflies are named after Punch and Judy, a traditional popular puppet show with its origins in the 1600s featuring Mr. Punch and his wife, Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically the violent Punch and one other character. It is often associated with traditional English seaside culture.

Although the Tailed Judy is a country mile ahead of the rest, fearlessness and curiosity is a trait shared by many of the local Riodinidae family of butterflies.

Click HERE to see other images in my Flickr photostream of this family of butterflies.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

Common Fiverings (Ypthima baldus, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Fiverings (Ypthima baldus, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Mud-puddling Pale Hedge Blues (Udara dilecta, Lycaenidae)
Mud-puddling, or simply puddling, is behaviour most conspicuous in butterflies, but occurs in other animals as well, mainly insects; they seek out certain moist substances such as rotting plant matter, mud and carrion and they suck up the fluid. Where the conditions are suitable, butterflies will form sizable aggregations. From the fluids they obtain nutrients such as salts and amino acids that play various roles in their physiology.


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

Mud-puddling Pale Hedge Blues (Udara dilecta, Lycaenidae)

Mud-puddling, or simply puddling, is behaviour most conspicuous in butterflies, but occurs in other animals as well, mainly insects; they seek out certain moist substances such as rotting plant matter, mud and carrion and they suck up the fluid. Where the conditions are suitable, butterflies will form sizable aggregations. From the fluids they obtain nutrients such as salts and amino acids that play various roles in their physiology.

Mud-puddling Pale Hedge Blues (Udara dilecta, Lycaenidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

Common Palmfly (Elymnias hypermnestra, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae), male
Common Palmfly Caterpillar (Elymnias hypermnestra) 

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Palmfly (Elymnias hypermnestra, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae), male

Common Palmfly Caterpillar (Elymnias hypermnestra)
Common Palmfly Butterfly Caterpillar (Elymnias hypermnestra, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Gem (Poritia hewitsoni, Lycaenidae)

When I first photographed one of these little butterflies almost a year ago, it was the first record of the species (in fact the entire genus) occurring in China. They are official residents of neighboring Myanmar, Laos and nearby Thailand, so it is not surprising that they have bypassed visa protocols and crossed these borders.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

Common Gem (Poritia hewitsoni, Lycaenidae)

When I first photographed one of these little butterflies almost a year ago, it was the first record of the species (in fact the entire genus) occurring in China. They are official residents of neighboring Myanmar, Laos and nearby Thailand, so it is not surprising that they have bypassed visa protocols and crossed these borders.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

Satyrnid Butterfly Bamboo Caterpillar (Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

This large (11cm) late instar caterpillar of a Satyrinid butterfly precisely mimics the dry leaves and stem sheaths of the bamboo it feeds on.



The larvae and pupae of Penthema (Kaisers) and Neorina (Owls) genuses are very similar. I have observed and photographed representatives of each locally, but I will hazard a guess that this is a White Owl (Neorina patria) caterpillar.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Satyrnid Butterfly Bamboo Caterpillar (Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

This large (11cm) late instar caterpillar of a Satyrinid butterfly precisely mimics the dry leaves and stem sheaths of the bamboo it feeds on.

Satyrnid Butterfly Bamboo Caterpillar (Satyrinae, Nymphalidae) Little wonder butterflies metamorphose. Who would want to stay looking like this?

The larvae and pupae of Penthema (Kaisers) and Neorina (Owls) genuses are very similar. I have observed and photographed representatives of each locally, but I will hazard a guess that this is a White Owl (Neorina patria) caterpillar.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Dark-branded Bushbrown (Mycalesis mineus, Satyrinae), dry season form

Many of the tropical butterflies have distinctive seasonal forms. This phenomenon is termed seasonal polyphenism and the seasonal forms of the butterflies are called the dry-season and wet-season forms. How the season affects the genetic expression of patterns is still a subject of research. The dry-season forms are usually more cryptic and it has been suggested that the protection offered may be an adaptation. Some also show greater dark colours in the wet-season form which may have thermoregulatory advantages by increasing ability to absorb solar radiation.
Dark-branded Bushbrown (Mycalesis mineus, Satyrinae), wet season form

The wet-season form has large, very apparent multiple eyespots whereas the dry-season forms have very reduced, oftentimes nonexistent, eyespots. Larvae that develop in hot, wet conditions develop into wet-season adults whereas those growing in the transition from the wet to the dry season, when the temperature is declining, develop into dry-season adults. This polyphenism probably has an adaptive role. In the dry-season it is disadvantageous to have conspicuous eyespots because they blend in with the brown vegetation better without eyespots. By not developing eyespots in the dry-season they can more easily camouflage themselves in the brown brush. This minimizes the risk of visually mediated predation. In the wet-season, these brown butterflies cannot as easily rely on cryptic coloration for protection because the background vegetation is green. Thus, eyespots, which may function to decrease predation, are beneficial for Satyrnid butterflies like the Bushbrown to express.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

Dark-branded Bushbrown (Mycalesis mineus, Satyrinae), dry season form

Many of the tropical butterflies have distinctive seasonal forms. This phenomenon is termed seasonal polyphenism and the seasonal forms of the butterflies are called the dry-season and wet-season forms. How the season affects the genetic expression of patterns is still a subject of research. The dry-season forms are usually more cryptic and it has been suggested that the protection offered may be an adaptation. Some also show greater dark colours in the wet-season form which may have thermoregulatory advantages by increasing ability to absorb solar radiation.

Dark-branded Bushbrown (Mycalesis mineus, Satyrinae), wet season form
Dark-branded Bushbrown (Mycalesis mineus, Satyrinae), wet season form

The wet-season form has large, very apparent multiple eyespots whereas the dry-season forms have very reduced, oftentimes nonexistent, eyespots. Larvae that develop in hot, wet conditions develop into wet-season adults whereas those growing in the transition from the wet to the dry season, when the temperature is declining, develop into dry-season adults. This polyphenism probably has an adaptive role. In the dry-season it is disadvantageous to have conspicuous eyespots because they blend in with the brown vegetation better without eyespots. By not developing eyespots in the dry-season they can more easily camouflage themselves in the brown brush. This minimizes the risk of visually mediated predation. In the wet-season, these brown butterflies cannot as easily rely on cryptic coloration for protection because the background vegetation is green. Thus, eyespots, which may function to decrease predation, are beneficial for Satyrnid butterflies like the Bushbrown to express.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

Dryad Butterfly Caterpillars (Aemona sp., Morphinae, Nymphalidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Dryad Butterfly Caterpillars (Aemona sp., Morphinae, Nymphalidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Long-Banded Silverline (Spindasis lohita, Lycaenidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

Long-Banded Silverline (Spindasis lohita, Lycaenidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..