Saturday, April 16, 2011

Patial life history of Melanocyma faunula (Pallid Faun)

Melanocyma faunula (Pallid Faun)

The butterfly is represented from Myanmar, Thailand & Peninsular Malaysia. It's a moderate size butterfly with wingspan of 90mm

During one of the visits to Malacca Butterflies Park in year 2007, a group of these caterpillars was found feeding on a Cycad palm.

5th instar caterpillar covered in fine hairs, with black head capsule.

The pupa is smooth, suspended by cremaster from the leaf of hostplant, and in bright yellow color.

Adult butterfly feeding on a pineapple, together with a Common Palmfly

In "Butterflies of the Malay Peninsula" by Corbet & Pendlebury ( 1992 ), plate 18, this species was wrong labelled Taenaris horsfieldii