Wednesday, 12 August 2015

94. Jamides celeno aelianus (The Common Cerulean)

Number: 94
Family: Lycaeniidae
Sub-Family: Polyommatiinae
Species: Jamides celeno aelianus (Fabricius, 1793)
Common name(s): The Common Cerulean
Photography location: Cuc Phuong N.P. (Ninh Binh Prov.), Ba Vi N.P. (Hanoi)

This species is common along forest streams and at forest edges.  Males are often found mud-puddling, and both sexes are seen feeding from flowers of small shrubs. The dry and wet season forms are strikingly different.

A male (wet season form) from Cuc Phuong, June 2015
Note the presence of the "spike" on the hindwing space 1b that indicates that it is a Jamides species

Jamides celeno, Cuc Phuong, June 2015

Jamides celeno, Cuc Phuong, June 2015

Jamides celeno (dry season form), Ba Vi, December 2016

Very pale underwing, obvious in flight

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