29 August 2012

Random Gallery - Pale Mottle

Random Butterfly Gallery
The Pale Mottle (Logania marmorata damis)


Canon 5D MkIII ; ISO 3200 ; 1/320s ; f/8 ; Tamron 180mm

The Subfamily Miletinae features butterfly species whose caterpillars are considered "carnivorous" as they feed on coccids, mealy bugs and aphids. Amongst the species found in Singapore, is the Pale Mottle (Logania marmorata damis).  This species is a small butterfly with a wingspan of about 22mm.  It has a restless but weak flight, often flying for long periods of time without stopping.  This mating pair of the Pale Mottle was spotted by ButterflyCircle member Simon Sng on Pulau Ubin last weekend.  The pair remained still and cooperatively allowed many shots to be taken of them as they remained attached. 


2 comments:

Kalantikan said...

Oh it is lovely, and i might not have noticed it in the wild. I wonder if we have it too. What is the host plant?

Commander said...

Hi Kalantikan. The Miletinae are carnivorous and feeds on other insects. There is no host plant. I believe the Logania cats feed on mealy bugs, so they follow where their food sources go.