Lexias dirtea merguia

Black Tipped Archduke

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Genus Lexias
Species: dirtea
Subspecies: merguia
Common Name: Black Tipped Archduke
Life History: partial
Extant in countries: •Singapore •Malaysia •Thailand

Description
The only differentiating characteristic between the two species is the colouration of the antenna. In Lexias dirtea meguiana, the apical topside of the antennae is black, whilst they are orange in Lexias pardalis dirtena. Both species have the undersides of the antenna coloured orange.

The males and females of both species cannot be distinguished when in flight. The species, like its lookalike, exhibits sexual dimorphism where the female is dark brown with yellow spots on both wings whiles the males are black with greenish blue wing margins.

Habitat & Habits
This species looks and behaves exactly like The Archduke (Lexias pardalis dirteana). It is also attracted by rotting fruit and can be found feeding greedily on these fruits on the forest floor.

Other Observations
To be detailed.

Early Stages
To be detailed.

Further Reading
To be detailed.

Early Stages Photos

Caterpillar
Pupa

Lexias dirtea merguia

Black Tipped Archduke

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Genus Lexias
Species: dirtea
Subspecies: merguia
Common Name: Black Tipped Archduke
Life History: partial
Extant in countries: •Singapore •Malaysia •Thailand

Description
The only differentiating characteristic between the two species is the colouration of the antenna. In Lexias dirtea meguiana, the apical topside of the antennae is black, whilst they are orange in Lexias pardalis dirtena. Both species have the undersides of the antenna coloured orange.

The males and females of both species cannot be distinguished when in flight. The species, like its lookalike, exhibits sexual dimorphism where the female is dark brown with yellow spots on both wings whiles the males are black with greenish blue wing margins.

Habitat & Habits
This species looks and behaves exactly like The Archduke (Lexias pardalis dirteana). It is also attracted by rotting fruit and can be found feeding greedily on these fruits on the forest floor.

Other Observations
To be detailed.

Early Stages
To be detailed.

Further Reading
To be detailed.

Early Stages Photos

Caterpillar
Pupa




Lexias dirtea merguia

Black Tipped Archduke

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Genus Lexias
Species: dirtea
Subspecies: merguia
Common Name: Black Tipped Archduke
Life History: partial
Extant in countries: •Singapore •Malaysia •Thailand

Description
The only differentiating characteristic between the two species is the colouration of the antenna. In Lexias dirtea meguiana, the apical topside of the antennae is black, whilst they are orange in Lexias pardalis dirtena. Both species have the undersides of the antenna coloured orange.

The males and females of both species cannot be distinguished when in flight. The species, like its lookalike, exhibits sexual dimorphism where the female is dark brown with yellow spots on both wings whiles the males are black with greenish blue wing margins.

Habitat & Habits
This species looks and behaves exactly like The Archduke (Lexias pardalis dirteana). It is also attracted by rotting fruit and can be found feeding greedily on these fruits on the forest floor.

Other Observations
To be detailed.

Early Stages
To be detailed.

Further Reading
To be detailed.

Early Stages Photos

Caterpillar
Pupa