Thursday, 30 July 2015

53. Euthalia monina kesava (The Powdered Baron)

Number: 53
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Limenitidiinae
Species: Euthalia monina kesava (Moore,1859)
Common name(s): The Powdered Baron
Photography location: Cuc Phuong N.P. (Ninh Binh Prov.), Ba Vi N.P. (Hanoi)

The genus Euthalia (“Barons” and “Counts”) is represented in Vietnam by 32 species – a hard genus with many new species described in the years 1990-2000. Identification is confounded by the fact that the males and females of each species are usually very different in colour and pattern, and because several of the species produce a number of different colour forms or morphs. 

E. monina kesava is recorded in the north and the center of the country. It is replaced further south by E. monina remiasThis species is one of  the commonest members of the genus in Vietnam. It is found in small clearings and glades, on river beaches, and along trails and roads in forest habitats.

E. monina kesava (male), Ba Vi, December 2016
The males have dark greenish upperwings, with a nice blue-green iridescence on the outer part

E. monina kesava (female), Cuc Phuong, July 2013
The female lacks the blue-green iridescence, being a dull earthy brown colour

E. monina kesava (female), Cuc Phuong, July 2013

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