Wednesday, 26 August 2015

118. Junonia lemonias lemonias (The Lemon Pansy)

Number: 118
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Nymphaliinae
Species: Junonia lemonias lemonias (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common name(s): The Lemon Pansy
Photography location: Van Long N.R. (Ninh Binh Prov.)

The genus Junonia comprises about 33 species, of which 11 occur in the Oriental region. Of these, 6 are found in Vietnam - iphita, atlites, orithya, hierta, almana and lemonias.

I have seen Junonia lemonias only once, in scrubby vegetation along the dyke at Van Long Nature Reserve. I am a bit surprised because, as far as I know, this species can occupy a wide range of habitats and therefore should be more common.

Junonia lemonias, Van Long N.R.