24 April 2013

Random Gallery - Hieroglyphic Flat

Random Butterfly Gallery
The Hieroglyphic Flat (Odina hieroglyphica ortina)

This pretty black-and-orange skipper is moderately rare, but is widespread in distribution across Singapore where it can be found regularly in urban parks and gardens as well as in the forested nature reserves.  At certain times of the day, it zips around rapidly, sometimes in dogfights with another individual of the same species.  It has a habit of flying and then hiding on the underside of a leaf with its wings opened flat.  The caterpillar of this butterfly feeds on Erycibe tomentosa and its life history has been recorded here.

This Hieroglyphic Flat was shot by ButterflyCircle member Nelson Ong last weekend after the skipper had its fill of the nectar from a flowering Syzygium tree.  At times, the skipper can be found feeding on bird droppings on the forest floor or on leaves.  It will return time and again to its food source even when disturbed.


Andrea said...

Oh i just know it is a skipper. I wonder whether ours is the same species as mine is not fully open. Hi Commander!

Andrea said...

May i ask if this is the same? thanks. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4208051913503&set=a.3203952131636.141749.1051101042&type=3&theater

Commander said...

Hi Andrea. Nice to always see you here. :) The photo in the FB post is that of a moth. Though the colours and patterns are relatively similar to the Hieroglyphic Flat, one is a butterfly and the other is a moth.