Malay Anglewing-Kaniska Canace #36

Image size: 10″ x 7-3/4″

Related to the Holarctic “Comma” butterflies, the Malay anglewing is comprised of a single species complex which extends from Ceylon and India to Japan, Sundaland and the Philippines.

The upper surface of Kaniska canace is a deep bluish black with a broad, almost iridescent powder blue band across the outer margin of both wings. Beneath, however, this butterfly is more cryptic in appearance and is clothed in brownish black with discrete lighter lines.

The Malay anglewing prefers open spaces near or surrounded by tropical mountain forests such as in the Malay hills where is rarely descends below 1,200 m. Here, orchids, tree ferns and carnivorous plants abound, and this butterfly can commonly be observed taking nectar at flowers or perched along forest paths or on rocks in the middle of streams.

Jacqueline Miller, PhD, Associate Curator, Allyn Museum of Entomology, Florida Museum of Natural History and Former President, Lepidotpterists’ Society

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