My father regularly send me pictures of butterflies and moths via Skype, from his place in the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil. I decided to share these in a thread. They are not always the best quality, but nevertheless a delight to watch.
First I will feature this beautiful Nymphalid - Hamadryas laodamia laodamia13.iii.2017
Female. A roadside hot-spot where several females were flying.
Ova laid on Ricinus communis (Castor oil) leaf. This is most likely not the food plant, but it is common in some species of butterflies that ova are laid next to the real host plants. The most likely food plant, which grew next to where the ova was laid seem to be Tragia ramosa. Both these plants are in the Euphorbiaceae, so potentially either could be a host plant.
A very variable species that comes to the garden is Chlosyne lacinia (possibly ssp. saundersi). Host plants are in the Asteraceae family and include sunflowers. As both the butterfly and its host plant is in my father's garden, I'm hoping to get some livestock of this species some time.
Eueides isabella dianasa, Brasil, Minas Gerais, Belo Horisonte 28.xii.2016 (picture taken from ca. 4 meters distance and cropped). This is a female. The conspicuous yellow antennae clubs and the stripes on the abdomen makes me think it is Eueides isabella dianasa. The host plant is species of Passiflora. Especially Passiflora edulis is utilized.
I have not posted in this thread for by far too long, but better late than never....? Over the weekend my father shot a sequence with the charming Melitaeini, Eresia lansdorfi. This species does form mimicry rings with the Ithomiinae and Heliconiinae, but the host plant of Eresia lansdorfi is in the Acanthaceae family and shared with that of, for instance, Siproeta stelenes, and not Passifloraceae, etc. The video quality is not the greatest, but I wanted to share it anyways. Personally, I find it interesting to see this species now for the first time from my father's place in Belo Horizonte, Brasil, and hope y'all like it too. Please do drop it a like - if you do like it! I hope in time to develop my YouTube channel to something real great and interesting. I have my plans and hope this will seriously take off within a 5 year time frame.
For a view of the early stages of this species, please visit this page. The host plant - Ruellia brevifolia - may be seen on this page.
My father grow Asclepias curassavica in his garden, both for the flowers and for the Danaus species. Both Danaus plexippus and Danaus gilippus are common visitors and often his Asclepias plants are eaten to the ground by both species.
Here I present Danaus gilippus: A female
Mature Danaus gilippus larvae
One Danaus gilippus and two Danaus plexippus larvae
One Danaus gilippus and one Danaus plexippus larvae
A freshly hatched male
Video of freshly hatched male. Please set resolution to 1080p to get the clearest image.
I like your father’s garden! Are you planing to visit Brasil anytime soon? Certainly I would, pity no collecting there
Their garden is not actually that attractive yet - but the old man is working on it. He just happen to live in a place where they still have butterflies and Papilio anchisiades would be equal to a cabbage white
I was invited to come over and would LOVE to go, but maybe next spring a chance could come up. Staying at their place is free and I believe they were planning on having a car later this year, so day trips could be possible. A good way to keep costs down and having a safe and homey daily base. Their place is at Esmaraldas, west of BH. The link that Jean-Marc Gayman provided is in the same basic area.