Friday, 31 July 2020

Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia - July 2020 (Part 2)

It has been raining cats and dogs in the evenings over here. The only window of opportunity to see wildlife here is in the morning. Here are a few butterflies seen lately.

Psolos fuligo (Brown Bob)

Here is the underside of Brown Bob

Chocolate Albatross

Common Banded Demon

Common Jester (Symbrenthia hippoclus)

Apparently this butterfly is quite rare in this region

So as this one below
Straight Pierrot (Caleta roxus)

The above butterfly was my lifer butterfly - first time seeing it.


Friday, 3 July 2020

Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia - June 2020 (Part 2)

The Cruiser (Vindula erota erotella)
At 4.3 cm, it's quite a large butterfly.

In most butterflies, their upper wings pattern and colors are more outstanding than their underwings.

Common Grass Yellow (Eurema hecabe)
Very common in neighbourhood gardens.

Stripped Albatross (female)
(Appias libythea)
Another common garden butterfly.

Stripped Albatross (male)
(Appias libythea)
I don't see them pairing like the birds although they are close by.

Eooxylides tharis (Branded Imperial)
Although common, this butterfly seldom venture out in the open.

It will usually stick to the thick bushes along the jungle trails.

Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon)
This butterfly can be quite common in your garden.

The only problem  with this butterfly is that they seldom stay still and they fly quite fast as well

Common Imperial
It's more common in the jungle trails than in the parks

One of its main features is that its upper tail is longer than the lower tail 

Plain Hedge Blue (Celastrina lavendularis)
Another forest butterfly

Puddling on the road

This should be a Common Palmfly (Elymnias hypermnestra) - distinguished by the white costal spot at its hindwing.

Here are some quite rare butterflies which i have encountered recently
Scientific name: Amblypodia narada taooana
   Common name:     ??                                          

I had to rely on local butterfly expert i.e Monsieur Liew to identify the above butterfly.

Another uncommon butterfly or rather skipper
Darpa striata striata

It was seen resting on a wild banana plant leave.

Elbowed Pierrot (Caleta elna elvira)
The above butterfly was identified with the help of friends in the "Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia" FB group. It is slightly different from 'Straight Pierrot' (Caleta roxus) in that the latter's forewing band is straighter and its black blotches appear darker than the above butterfly.

A Plain Hedge Blue (1.6 cm) puddling together with Elbowed Pierrot (1.7 cm)

The Commander (Moduza procris)
The above photo could have been better if the surface was smoother

Royal Assyrian (Terinos terpander)
Not easy to find a Royal Assyrian with its wings opened like this. Most of the time they are clasped.

Until we meet again - Au Revoir !

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia - June 2020 (Part 1)

It appears that the month of June could be the best month to watch butterflies over here. Many were seen during this time and in view of this i shall break up the post into two parts.

In this Part 1 of the post, the butterflies here were seen from early June. Most of them were located at the jungle edge or trails.

There were lots of swallowtails seen lately
Common Rose

These "Common Rose" (Pachliopta aristolochiae) butterflies are slow fliers. Hence one could easily take their photo while they are flying.

Despite their commonality, they are reported as a lowland forest edge dweller. Over in this region, they are represented by the Subspecies "Losaria coon" or commonly known as "Common Clubtail". 

This one (below) is a "Common Mormon" (Papilio polytes) 
The above is a male Common Mormon

This butterfly species are very common in ones' garden. The above is a female Common Mormon.

The next frequently seen butterfly in the month of June is the "Chocolate Albatross"
The above is a male "Chocolate Albatross" (Appias lyncida vasava)

Many of them seem to like this "Lantana Camara" flowers.

Like the Swallowtails, Chocolate Albatross are slow fliers as well.

I am already feeling the blues.
This could be a Jamides caeruleus (Royal Cerulean) but I will leave this "Blue" confirmation to the experts.

Malayan Viscount (Tanaecia pelea pelea) - female

Last but not least, here is a male "Blue Pansy" (Junonia orithya wallacei)
Apparently "Blue Pansy" are more common in the Northern states of Peninsular Malaysia. It has been recorded from the state of Perak, Penang and Kedah. The above Pansy was seen near a beach in Kedah.  

Stay tune for Part 2 of the series.

Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia - July 2020 (Part 2)

It has been raining cats and dogs in the evenings over here. The only window of opportunity to see wildlife here is in the morning. Here are...