Abisara saturata kausambiodes
Malayan Plum Judy
Species: saturata kausambiodes
Common Name: Malayan Plum Judy
Status in Singapore:
Life History: complete
This butterfly can be found in: Singapore
Hostplant(s): Ardisia elliptica (Sea-Shore Ardisia) Embelia dasythyrsa ()
The upperside of the male of the Malayan Plum Judy is crimson brown and unmarked. The underside is paler and each wing has a pair of diffuse, pale-purplish post-discal bands. The outer band on the hindwing has a series of black, white-edged spots. The much paler female has a diffuse white subapical patch. In both sexes, the hindwing is prominently angled at vein 4.
Habitat & Habits
The Malayan Plum Judy was absent from the main island of Singapore in the 90's, being observed only on the island of Pulau Tekong. However, at the turn of the century, it appeared quite commonly on the main island around areas where its host plant, Ardisia spp. are cultivated. It is not known why or how the species appeared in numbers recently. The species has the typical behaviour of the Riodininae, often found in shaded forested areas. The butterfly has a habit of perching on leaves with half opened wings and twisting, turning and hopping from leaf to leaf.
The species has greenish yellow eyes.
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