Thursday, 6 August 2015

83. Kaniska canace canace (The Blue Admiral)

Number: 83
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Nymphaliinae
Species: Kaniska canace canace (Linnaeus, 1763)
Common name(s): The Blue Admiral
Photography location: Tam Dao foothills (Vinh Phuc Prov.)

Kaniska is a monotypic genus.
Kaniska canace is a very widespread species can be found as far north as southeastern Siberia, west to Japan and Korea, east to India and Taiwan and south to Sri Lanka, Burma and parts of Indonesia with a number of well marked geographic races.

Kaniska canace is highly territorial and will chase butterflies that move into its territory

Males and females upperside deep indigo-blue black, with a postdiscal slightly sinuous blue band crossing both fore and hind wings

Underside brownish black, covered thickly with short transverse jet-black striae

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