Friday, 1 August 2014

Jacintha Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina jacinta)

Eggfly butterflies are really beautiful butterflies. Its upperwings when spread, shows some bluish-white patches which appears to be glowing when seen in dark foliages.

Common Butterflies in Gardens and Parks

Here are some of the butterflies which you may find in your gardens or nearby playgrounds and parks.

Common Grass Yellow (Eurema hecabe)

Anderson Grass Yellow (Eurema andersonii andersonii)

3 Spot Grass Yellow (Eurema blanda snelleni)

Dark-Branded Bush Brown (Mycalesis minues)

Could this be a "Mycalesis perseoides perseoides"? I believe it was also a Dark-Branded Bush Brown (Mycalesis minues)

Glassy Tiger (Parantica agleoides)

Lemon Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona)
According to Kirton (2014), "Lemon Emigrant" are migrants butterflies ! Said to occur from India and right down to "down under" (i.e Australia). Amazing phenomenon !

Stripped Albatros (Appias libythea olferna)

Chocolate Albatross - male

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Butterflies along the Forest Trail

As you enter the jungle for your nature walks or jungle trekking activities, keep an eye on the side of the trail. You might just be rewarded with butterflies of many varieties and colors. From my experience, butterflies would appear in abundance on sunny days or just after an overnight rain fall. Here are some of the butterflies which you might just encounter along the jungle trails of Peninsular Malaysia:

Commander (Moduza procris milonia)

Common Jester (Symbrenthia hippoclus)

Archduke (Lexias pardalis)

Horsfield Baron (Tanaecia iapis puseda)

Tawny Rajah (Charaxes bernardus)

Dark Blue Jungle Glory (Thaumantis  klugius lucipor)

Malayan Yeoman (Cirrochroa emalea emalea)

Orange Tip (Hebomoia glaucippe aturia)

Orange Tip (Hebomoia glaucippe aturia)
Apparently the male version of "orange tip" has a black tip !

Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore)

Common Bottle Blue (Graphium sarpedon luctatius)

Common Caerulean (Jamides celeno aelianus)

Small Leopard (Phalanta alcippe)

Magpie Crow (Euploea radamanthus radamanthus)

Lance Sergeant (Athyma pravara helma)

Studded Sergeant (Athyma asura idita)

Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) - race:  lilacinus

Banded Demon (Notocrypta paralysos varians)

Malay Viscount (Tanaecia pelea pelea)
This was my first difficult butterfly - identification sense. Apparently Malay Viscount butterflies are quite similar as the female Horsfield's Baron.

Knight (Lebadea martha malayana)

Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana)

Chocolate Grass Yellow (Eurema sari sodalis)

Chocolate Pansy (Junonia iphita)

Marbled White Moth (Nyctemera coleta)

The Malayan Owl (Neorina lowii)
According to Liew Nyuk Lin, this butterfly is a denizen of deep forest. Glad it ventured out to the jungle trial.

There were about 9 -10 different species of butterflies here.

(Note: some of these butterflies may also occur in other areas such as your house garden, parks etc)

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.

Butterflies and Skippers of a Forest Trail - Sept 2017

Unlike in Singapore, there are not many naturalist in Malaysia who are keen in watching butterflies. Watching butterflies are not too diffi...