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 Club Beak -Libythea myrrha-Nymphalidae

 Bali, Butterflies, vlinders, papillons, Club Beak , Libythea myrrha, Nymphalidae
Native South East Asia   Wingspan 3-4.5  cm
.A brown butterfly with yellow and white markings above. The undersides have a purplish sheen in both sexes and more prominently marked streaks on the males. Its most distinctive feature is its snout, which is quite long. These butterflies are sometimes referred to as 'Snout butterflies'.
Similar species
The Beak - The upper and under sides of the hind wing lack the white that is present in the Club Beak.
A butterfly of the hills above 1500 feet though it has been recorded from lower elevations. It is uncommon and never numerous. It is mostly encountered along gravel roads through forests, or along rivers or streams with a trickle of water.
One usually encounters this butterfly along forested gravel roads when it is flushed by your foot steps. It then flies a short distance and settles down abruptly. Unless approached very cautiously, it repeats this behaviour, until you have stalked it for a few hundred yards or so, when you realize that you are been taken for a walk! It is quite inconspicuous once settled, and unless one keeps one's eyes on the 'ball', it is quite difficult to locate and approach cautiously. It has a characteristic flight with many variations built in to it. At times, it flies rapidly, while at at other times it hops or darts across short distances, and on other occasions, it combines these with a short glide or sail. I have never see it settle on flowers to nectar or any other food source.

Caterpillar feed on:

Celtis serotina
 

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