Sunday, 23 November 2008

Banded Marquis (Bassarona teuta)

Adult female Banded Marquis (subspecies B. t.. goodrichi) at Batu Caves, Malaysia - July 2016

Local Name (Malay): ?
Featured Subspecies: Bassarona teuta goodrichi
Wingspan: 60-80mm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

A large butterfly species found throughout South-East Asia, it was seen by me at Batu Caves, sitting on the pavement outside of a cocoanut stand, feeding on spilled juice from the disgarded husks of the fruit.  The male of this species is a distinctive black and white species, but this particular individual was the larger female which has more cryptic colouration.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera 
Family: Nymphalidae 
Genus: Bassarona
SUBSPECIES: B. t. teuta, B. t. goodrichi, B. t. affinis, B. t. rayana, B. t. tiomanica, B. t. teutoides, B. t. gupta, B. t. eurus, B. t. yapana, B. t. externa, B. t. eion, B. t. veyana, B. t. bellata, B. t. ira, B. t. salpona, B. t. eson

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A common resident
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Several seen in Kuala Lumpur

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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