Sunday, 25 June 2017

Common and Not-so-Common Butterflies of Peninsula Malaysia - 2017

Here are some butterflies which you can find in Peninsula Malaysia:


Rajah Brooke's Birdwing

My favorite butterfly !


Plain Nawab

Apparently Plain Nawab is a favorite among collectors. No wonder i hardly see them in the forest.


Red Helen

I think the above is a Red Helen instead of a Great Helen as i can't see any blue spots above its red tornal spots / ocellus as described by Kirton (2014).



Popinjay (Stibochiona nicea)

Reported to be rare in this region (Kirton (2014). Wish i have taken more photos of it.


Tree-Nymph

I think this should be a  Ashy-white Tree-Nymph instead of a Malayan Tree-Nymph - NO?


Could this be a "Mottled Emigrant"?

Identified from the black cell spot in between the interspaces of its forewing.


Malayan Viscount (Tanaecia pelea)


Great Orange Tip (Hebomoia glaucippe)


HAPPY BUTTERFLYING !

Monday, 6 February 2017

Great Egg-Fly (Hypolimnas bolina)

Great Egg-fly



Recently i came across this Great Egg-fly. Apparently this butterfly species has some form of sexual dimorphism between male and female. According to the literature and field guide, the underside of a female is generally brown, with white marginal markings and white discal band (Kirton, 2014). Meanwhile it was reported that, there are currently two sub-species of Great Egg-fly in this region - i) Ssp H.b. bolina and ii) Ssp H.b jacinta. According to Kirton (2014) field guide, the female Ssp Jacinta has white marginal hindwing borders with some bluish discal patches. From the above description, this butterfly should be a female Great Egg-fly from the Ssp Jacinta.

Have a look at its eye ! It has a unique star-like pattern. 

One look at this butterfly you may think that it might resemble a female "Courtesan" (Euripus nyctelus) but with the help of a field guide you will find that a female "Courtesan" has a rounder discal marking. 

You can see the bluish discal patches which i believe was where their name has came from.

While photographing the Great Egg-fly, in came this "Common Mormon" (Papilio polytes). 



HAVE FUN WITH BUTTERFLIES!




Common and Not-so-Common Butterflies of Peninsula Malaysia - 2017

Here are some butterflies which you can find in Peninsula Malaysia: Rajah Brooke's Birdwing My favorite butterfly ! Pla...