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Night Beauty Clipper Butterfly - Parthenos sylvia seen during night walk, it was resting/sleeping, allowing me to get near for this close-up picture. Butterfly,Clipper,Clipper Butterfly,Fall,Geotagged,Malaysia,Parthenos sylvia,Sabah,Tawau Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Night Beauty

Clipper Butterfly - Parthenos sylvia seen during night walk, it was resting/sleeping, allowing me to get near for this close-up picture.

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  1. One of my wish list butterfly Posted 2 years ago
    1. Hope you get to see them, nightjar6 :) Posted 2 years ago
  2. From today's Facebook Slideshow Spotlight:
    "Brush-footed / Four-Footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)--
    JungleDragon is ending its first week of 2019 with a spotlight on members of the beautiful Nymphalidae family of butterflies. This family consists of around 6000 species in 544 genera which are mostly distributed in the tropics, however, we will be featuring just a handful of the best from our contributors from varying locations!

    Nymphalids are some of the most prominent butterflies in the world, and include the likes of Monarchs, Mourning Cloaks, Viceroys, Tortoiseshells, and Admirals. They are medium to large butterflies with highly variable wing shape. They typically hold their wings flat when at rest and are well-known for their vibrant upper wing surfaces (usually in shades of white, black, orange, yellow, or brown). The lower surfaces of their wings are typically in stark contrast to the upper, however, and may even take on cryptic coloration (e.g. the appearance of dead leaves). This coloration provides camouflage for extra protection from predation.

    As the common family names imply, many adult members of Nymphalidae have reduced forelegs, standing and walking entirely on the remaining four. There is a lot of debate as to why these appendages may have become vestigial, but the presence of setae (hair-like structures) in some species suggests that they may be used in signaling and communication via scent. This is often considered the unifying feature in Nymphalids, but they can additionally be characterized by the presence of three carinae (ridges) on the antennae."
    Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
    1. Thanks, Lisa & Christine for the feature :) Posted one year ago
      1. You are quite welcome! :) Posted one year ago

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''Parthenos sylvia'', the clipper, is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia, mostly in forested areas. The clipper is a fast-flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapping stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Albert Kang
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Uploaded Dec 31, 2017. Captured Dec 17, 2017 20:36 in Jln Stesen TV Tawau, 91000 Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia.
  • TG-5
  • f/6.3
  • 1/200s
  • ISO200
  • 18mm