Monday, 31 August 2015

132. Phalanta alcippe alcippoides (The Small Leopard)

Number: 132
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Heliconiinae
Species: Phalanta alcippe alcippoides (Moore, 1900)
Common name(s): The Small Leopard
Photography location: Cuc Phuong N.P. (Ninh Binh Prov.)

The genus Phalanta ("Leopards") comprising 6 species, of which 2 are present in the Oriental region - alcippe and phalantha. Both are also present in Vietnam.

Phalanta alcippe is a wide-ranging Indo-Malayan species known from India to Borneo. This is the less common, and smaller, of the two Phalanta species. It is found in forest clearings and forest edges.

Specimen perched on my motorbike during a trip at Cuc Phuong N.P.
Butterflies are often attracted by my sweaty clothes – and here, in Vietnam, you sweat A LOT – but also by my motorbike – an unresolved mystery!

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