Plain Nawab sunbathing and feeding

“On the late morning of 25th December 2015, a Plain Nawab (Polyura hebe plautus, Nymphalidae, Charaxinae) was perched near the edge of a Simpoh Air (Dillenia indica) leaf (above), basking in the warmth of the rising sun.

“Later on, another butterfly of the same species was attracted to the ripened fruit of Melastoma malabathricum, and used its proboscis to suck up the fresh juices (above).

“Video clips of how this butterfly passes its time on a calm and carefree Christmas Day may be previewed here:”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
23rd January 2016

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