Category Archives: insects

Butterfly 5: Great Eggfly

Great Eggfly Butterfly
A male Hypolimnas bolina, also called as blue moon butterfly.

Spotted this butterfly late afternoon, hanging upside down and flipping its beautiful wings.

Great Eggfly Butterfly

I took a picture of him earlier hopping around my Lantana camara plant.I always see this butterfly on that plant, he loves it. Look how lovely his wings are on the video below.

Location: Toril/ Habitat: Garden/ Family: Nymphalidae/ Species: Hypolimnas bolina

Ninja Turtle Is In The House?

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Lime swallowtail caterpillar

No, he’s not one of the ninja turtles. It’s a caterpillar, eating on a lime leaf.  🙂

It will soon become a  lime swallowtail butterfly. It has no tail unlike most swallowtail butterflies.

Papilio demoleus
Papilio demoleus caterpillar.

The caterpillar’s length was about four to five centimeter and it consumed a lot of lime leaves. The poop was rounded and black.

Location: Toril/ Habitat: Garden/ Family: Papilionidae/ Species: Papilio demoleus

Moth 2: Hawk Moth

Hawk Moth
Hawk moth: Eupanacra elegantulus

Found this moderate size hawk moth clinging in my sack bag while I was crossing the river. It just stayed there no matter how I moved the bag. Maybe It’s tired and just wanted to hitch a ride, or maybe it just wanted to be photographed.

Hawk Moth
Lateral view of Eupanacra elegantulus

When I was leaving the water I checked him out and he’s already gone.

 

 Location: Buda/ Habitat: Forest/ Family: Sphingidea/ Subfamily: Macroglossinae/ Species: Eupanacra elegantulus

ID by: Leana Lahom-Cristobal

Damselfly 6: Coupling Damselflies

Damselfly 6
Mating Damselfly

At first I only saw the  female partner on a tree near a river in the forest at around 2 pm, and then there’s two of them. 🙂 The male attached his claspers  at his hind end to the neck of the female. And up they go after I took three shots, they fly away on a higher spot, they don’t like to be watched. I don’t know what species are these.

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Male Damselfly

 

Location: Buda/ Suborder: Zygoptera

Spiny Ant: The Ant Talk

Spiny Ant
Polyrhachis sp.

What might be these two ants conversing about?

These are slow-moving ants. Found them on the leaf litters and on the ferns and grasses that grows on the soil covered with these leaf litters. These formicine ants don’t have stings but the pain lingers even when you were just slightly stung buy one of those six sharp spines on their back, even the dead ones still have that effect. They’re about 10 mm in length, have  long antennal length, round eyes near middle of head,  one petiole with two spines  and four spines at the back of its thorax. They responded when they sensed vibrations and moved towards it with their abdomens tilted under their thorax. I wonder what preys them and how they were eaten with those stinging sharp spines.

Polyrhachis sp. with its abdomen tilted underside its thorax.

The hard part of taking these photographs was enduring the red ants  biting my bare feet scattering all over the area while watching the other team of these spiny ants on  the leaf litters coming towards my poor feet.  I should have worn my shoes instead of slippers. I was just wandering near the camp but was led in their territory. Passing through a slippery and muddy slope trail before reaching this spot. In the end, the stings were worth it.  🙂

Order: Hymenoptera/ Family: Formicidae/ Subfamily: Formicinae/ Species: Polyrhachis sp.

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Location: Buda

 

Damselfly 5: Wisps

Agriocnemis sp. ~femina femina
Agriocnemis sp. ~femina femina

Location: Samal Island/ Habitat: Freshwater marsh/Suborder: Anisoptera/ Family: Coenagrionidae/ Species: Agriocnemis sp. ~femina femina