Junonia atlites (True Brushfoot sp.)


Junonia atlites, sometimes also called the Grey Pansy, is a butterfly species found in South Asia.
The Grey Pansy is the rarest of the four Pansies found in Singapore, the others being the Peacock Pansy (Junonia almana), Chocolate Pansy (Junonia hedonia) and Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya).
The Grey Pansy has quite distinct wet- and dry-season forms where the underside markings are darker and more pronounced in appearance in the wet-season form.
The Grey Pansy is usually alert and skittish, and adopts a flap-and-glide flight pattern. 
It has a habit of returning repeatedly to a few favourite perches when it patrols its territory, and then open its wings flat to sunbathe.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, 25 October 2022

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