Saturday, March 31, 2007


The Tamil spotted flat resembles the Common spotted flat but is altogether less common species and restricted to the higher elevations of the Western ghats than the later. The white band on the forewing of the Common spotted flat is replaced by a discontinous series of spots in this species.

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Friday, March 30, 2007


The Pygmy scrubhopper Aeromachus pygmaeus ,is our smallest skipper; grasslands are its favourite haunt.This tiny little butterfly is easily overlooked in field; so very rightly said 'our eyes see what the mind knows'!
A similar species called Dingy Scrubhopper Aeromachus dubius, is found in oour highlands.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007


The Bushhopper Ampittia discoroides, is an interestiing little orange and brown skipper that we may encounter in open spaces and grasslands especially at lower elevations of the Kerala state .Males may be seen sitting on vantage points low on ground chasing away intruders.This species may be commonly seen in ricefields,for Oryza is one of its numerous foodplants.

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