Here is #1
Two butterflies to be identified
Butterfly number one appears to be a wanderer, Pareronia valeria (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) - see http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2740373702
Butterfly number two is in the family Nymphalidae, likely Orsotriaena medus ssp. - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orsotriaena_medus
Butterfly number three also appears to be in the family Nymphalidae, but I am uncertain as to its identity.
http://images.google.co.in/imgres?imgurl=http://taos-telecommunity.org/EPOW/EPOW-Archive/archive_2006/EPOW-060626_files/P1050748%2520common%2520evening%2520brown%2520among%2520leaves.jpg&imgrefurl=http://taos-telecommunity.org/EPOW/EPOW-Archive/archive_2006/EPOW-060626.htm&usg=__aAXLxWNNUc31aFCt7zGqMTXtlPo=&h=600&w=800&sz=135&hl=en&start=1&um=1&tbnid=Tg23rSYrQmec7M:&tbnh=107&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcommon%2Bleaf%2Bbrown%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DG I found this link regarding #3. Is it this?
#1 should be Pareronia v. Thanks.
#2 - saw the links, but the rings are more and more prominent there rather than just 3 rings and a dullish appearance.
I could not get your link to compare with no. three to work - what was the species name that it purported to be? Also, re: no. two - i agree that the forewing spots in yours were far less prominent than in the example shown, but the hindwing spots were a good match. Also, I do not know of any other nymphalids in India that have such a prominent vertical white stripe extending across both wings. Please bear in mind that (1) yours might be a different subspecies from the example shown, and (2) butterflies, like humans, can exhibit a great deal of individual variation.
Try this one - the dark evening brown (Melanitis phedima)
Yes, Flapdoodle, this is the one. I also notice in the further searches that some have the browner shade while the one that came to my yard was grayish. Could there be any seasonal changes?
I do not know about any seasonal variation, but as suunto mentioned in an earlier post here, many insect species show a good deal of individual variation in color pattern. Sometimes, this also may be related to specific geographic areas within their range.