Allotinus unicolor unicolor
|Common Name:||Lesser Darkwing|
|Extant in countries:||•Thailand •Malaysia •Singapore|
The butterfly is reddish brown on the upperside with a variable underside. Typically, the undersides are greyish brown with darker brown markings. The males have a more pointed forewing than the females, and possess a brand on the upperside of the forewings. The females have their hindwings dentately sinuate, as is seen in this photo.
Habitat & Habits
The butterfly has a weak and erratic flight and appear to fly non-stop for several minutes around a limited area. However, when it does stop to rest on a leaf, usually with its wings folded upright, the careful observer can approach it for a closer look without scaring it into flight.
Occasionally several individuals are observed in a particular location in the nature reserves, only to disappear for several years and not seen again. Then it appears in some other location in numbers again.
This species belongs to a genus of butterflies in which the caterpillar stage is "carnivorous". The caterpillars of Allotinus unicolor unicolor feed mainly on aphids but also sometimes on coccids, psyllids and membracids.
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