Sunday, 21 September 2014

Common evening brown (Melanitis leda- wet season) - Sikkim Butterfly

Common evening brown (Melanitis leda- wet season)
Place : Singtam, East Sikkim
Date: September 17,  2014
Pic: Shital Pradhan

Scientific classification

Kingdom:             Animalia
Phylum:               Arthropoda
Class:                    Insecta
Order:                  Lepidoptera
Family:                 Nymphalidae
Genus:                  Melanitis
Species:                 M. leda
Binomial name:    Melanitis leda (Linnaeus, 1758)

Other Names: Common evening brown

Special feature: It is a common species of butterfly found flying at dusk.

Colonel C. T. Bingham wrote of the genus in 1878;-

The Melanitis was there among dead leaves, its wings folded and looking for all the world a dead, dry leaf itself. With regard to Melanitis, I have not seen it recorded anywhere that the species of this genus when disturbed fly a little way, drop suddenly into the undergrowth with closed wings, and invariably lie a little askew and slanting, which still more increases their likeness to a dead leaf casually fallen to the ground. (Wikipedia)

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