Sunday, January 3, 2016

Chliaria Othona or Orchid Tit


Chliaria Othona or Orchid Tit

Founded In: Paruthumpara, Idukki Dist, Kerala, India. | Date: 24/12/2015
Camera Nikon D800e / Lens Nikon 105 mm f 2.8G 

The orchid tit, Chliaria othona is a species of lycaenid or blue butterfly found in Asia.

The orchid tit is found in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, North Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia

The orchid tit is a small butterfly which has a wingspan of 24 to 27 mm. The butterfly has two tails, one is 4 mm long at v1 and the other 2 mm long at v2.

UP:Male: The butterfly is pale blue above with three-fifths of the apex black. The apex and the costa of the HW are more narrowly black.Female: The female butterfly is brown in colour above with whitish lower part of the disc. The tornal area of the HW is very pale blue with serrated black markings.

UN: Both sexes are white below with black-edged brown markings and bars at end cell. The FW has a discal band which is broken around v4 and which is broader above the break. There is a prominent black costal spot above the mid-cell. The HW also has a discal band broken in 4 and 6 with a prominent black spot towards the base of 7.The butterfly also has prominent orange-crowned tornal spots.

Pulau Tioman and possibly Taiwan. In Inda the butterfly is found in the Western Ghats, the Himalayas from Garhwal to Assam, Bengal and onto Myanmar. In Sikkim, the orchid tit is found up to an altitude of 5000 ft.

Status - Rare in South India. Not Rare in the North.

Habits - The orchid tit is to be found in dense, rainy jungles. It is rarely seen except around its foodplants - the flower buds of epiphyticorchids. It flies weakly and settles on flowers, leaves. It visits damp patches. wiki/Chliaria_othona

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