Monday, 28 July 2014

Butterflies in the Mountains - July 2014

Recently i decided to spent a few hours in the morning at a popular resort located in Pahang, Malaysia. Instead of vacationing up there i have been busy looking at its butterfly population. Here are some of them which i have manage to photographed:




Common 3 Ring (Ypthima pandocus corticaria)

Could this be a Malayan Tree Nymph (Idea hypermnestra) ?

Smaller Wood Nymph (Ideopsis Gaura perakana)
Reason: it has rounder wings


Black Veined Tiger (Danuas melanippus hegesippus)

Striped Blue Crow (Euploea mulciber)


Chocolate Tiger (Parantica melaneus sinopion)
Chocolate Tigers are said to be common in Malaysia but uncommon in Singapore.

Swallowtail Moth (Lyssa zampa)
This moth has appeared in abundance in the month of July and it can be found almost every where - near the coastal areas, cities and right up to this mountainous region. 

Malayan Jezebel (Delias ninus ninus)

Note: some of these butterflies may also occur in lower elevations / low land forest.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

My First Butterfly Collections

I have noticed that there are just a hand full of blogs on butterflies, especially in Malaysia. So i decided to add my own collections here to complement the existing ones.  I have been an avid bird watcher for many years now and during my outings in the jungle i have often encountered many fascinating butterflies along the trails. I have told myself that one day i will eventually be a butterfly watcher and the day has finally came.

Butterfly watching are just like bird watching. There are certain butterflies which would not allow you to get close to them while some are very rare and difficult to see. There are also ways to entice the butterflies to come out in the open like what some photographers have done though i am not sure it is a right thing to do - ethically i mean. Butterflies do come in many shades, sizes and varieties as well. However the only pertinent difference would be that butterflies do not migrate as far as birds do.

Peacock Pansy (Junonia almana almana)
Butterflies can be found almost everywhere - from your gardens, on jungle trails or right up to the mountain regions etc. They are part of nature which sustained the entire eco-system of the environment. 

Banded Yeoman (Cirrochroa orissa orissa)

Chocolate Albatross (Appias lyncida vasava)

Common Duffer (Discophora sondaica)
Royal Assyrian (Terinos terpander robertsia)

Courtesan (Euripus nyctelius euploeoides)
Common Mapwing (Cyrestis thyodamas)

Anderson's Grass Yellow (Eurema andersonii andersonii)

More postings will be coming your way.

HAPPY BUTTERFLY WATCH!

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