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Copyright: arun tp (aruntp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix F 500 EXR
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/105 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-09 2:52
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Name : Malayan
Scientific Name : Megisba malaya

The Malayan (Megisba malaya) is a small butterfly found in South Asia. It belongs to the family of gossamer-winged butterflies (Lycaenidae).

It ranges from Sri Lanka, South India to Bengal, and from Kumaon to Assam in India onto Myanmar. The butterfly is also found in Andaman and Nicobars. It is usually not a rare species, but may be less common, even rare, in parts of its range.


This butterfly resembles the Quaker (Neopithecops zalmora), especially in flight. The female Malayan has a broader and more rounded forewing than the male.

Wet-season form Upperside: from dull somewhat pale brown to dark brown, some specimens nearly uniform, others with a more or less distinct pale discal patch on the fore wing. Hindwing: uniform; a slender short filamentous tail at apex of vein 1,very often absent. Underside: white. Forewing: with the following brown markings:a spot in cell, a transverse short line on the discocellulars, a postdiscal curved series of transverse spots or very short bars that cross the wing from costa to dorsum and are in irregular echelon one with the other, followed by a slender transverse broken line, a subterminal series of broader transverse spots and an anticiliary slender line; at apex of wing the markings are diffuse and form a very small brown-shaded patch, while further inwards along the costa veins 10, 11 and 12 terminate in a minute brown dot. Hindwing : three spots near base in transverse order, a large, conspicuous, rounded, subcostal and a smaller similar spot near the middle of the dorsum, black; between the latter two and also along the discocellulars are some irregular much paler brown transverse spots on the disc, which are followed as on the fore wing by an outer postdiscal, very slender brown line, a subterminal series of brown or black spots, and a black anticiliary line. Cilia of fore and hind wings white, turning to dark brown at apex of fore wing. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, the antenna ringed narrowly with white; beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen snow-white, the third, slender acicular joint of the palpi conspicuously brown.

Dry-season brood. Very similar to the wet-season brood, but the forewing on the upperside bears a large, oval, obliquely-placed conical patch that extends from the middle of the dorsal margin to vein 4. In certain specimens this white bar or patch is continued on to the hind wing. Underside: similar to that of the wet-season form but all the markings broader, coarser, more prominent. Forewing: costa and apex in some specimens broadly shaded with diffuse fuscous brown; the outer postdiseal brown line formed into a series of lunules that extend outwards slenderly along the veins and join the anticiliary brown line, thus enclosing in the interspaces a series of spots of the white ground colour, each of which is centred with a black or dark brown subtriangular spot. Hindwing: the terminal markings modified as on the fore wing; the spot in interspace 3 of the subterminal series larger and more prominent than the others, the large subcostal black spot often broken by an anterior and a posterior silvery spot superposed on it. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in specimens of the wet-season brood but slightly darker above.

Subspecies include:

Megisba malaya presbyter Fruhstorfer - Central and South Nicobars. Rare. Validity requires confirmation.
Megisba malaya sikkima Moore - Kumaon to Myanmar. Andamans. Not rare. Tailed.
Megisba malaya thwaites Moore - Sri Lanka, South India to Bengal. Not rare. Tailless.
The tailed and tailless subspecies are sympatric in Sikkim, the tailed one is more commonly found at lower altitudes.

Ecology and Life History

The Malayan is a butterfly of evergreen forests. Its caterpillar is light green, vermiform, the middle segments swollen; it feeds on Allophyllus cobbe (Sapindaceae). The pupa is thick, with blunted ends

Adults fly low, close to the ground. This species is often seen in forest glades and forest edges. The males frequent cowdung and damp patches for mud-puddling, but at least on Borneo and probably elsewhere too not generally carrion or old fruit.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-09 3:07]

Hi Arun,a very rare speice,i never seen this small lycaena,a great capture and very good details despite the position,excellent exposure for the best white too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-09 3:19]

Hello Arun,
Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. Very nice saturated colors. The exposure and the superb light makes a wonderful photo. This species of butterflies are gorgeous.Regards Siggi

Hello Arun,
Nice collection and captured with excellent sharpness.
TFS and my regards_Joy

Good capture of this rather unseen butterfly, Arun.
Fine details and colours on the nether wing facing the camera.
Well done and TFS!

Hello Arun,
Very good photograph, very good sharpness, very good composition, good background.
Thanks for sharing,

hello arun,
very nice capture of this beautiful butterfly with good clarity and very perfect colour.
best wishes,

hello Arun
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Arun.
Eccellente macro di questo esemplare di farfalla,ottima gestione della luce, con buoni colori bene la composizione bravo.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-09 12:22]

Hello Arun,
Very nice photo of this special butterfly in beautiful colours. The focus was more at the wings than at the head, but the sharpness is good. Fine POV and composition.

Hello Arun

Excellent photo of this butterfly posed in the ground,
fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful light,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-12-09 19:16]

Hello Arun,
I must say you have such a diverse collection of beautiful butterflies form all over India. This particular specimen is no exception as you have presented it in an attractive resting pose. Love the low POV and wonderful detail your photo exhibits. Great notes!!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-12-10 7:12]

This is very beautiful species, well captured.tfs.

Hi Arun, amazing species, TFS

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