Saturday, March 21, 2009

Fraser’s Hill Part 2

Continue from part 1

My other butterfly lifers for this trip are two forms of Great Blue Mime - Chilasa paradoxa aenigma. This butterfly has at least 7 forms which mimic the distasteful Euploea butterflies.

1. Chilasa paradoxa aenigma -f eucyana

Chilasa paradoxa aenigma m -f aenigma-20090301-MYFH_0161-480 Chilasa paradoxa aenigma m -f aenigma-20090301-MYFH_0169-480
The rare male form eucyana has the forewing upperside shimmering blue and unmarked. It mimics the male Euploea mulciber (Striped Blue Crow).

2. Chilasa paradoxa aenigma -f aegialus

Chilasa paradoxa aenigma m -f aegialus-20090301-MYFH_0185-480
Euploea radamanthus-200206-BTNR-DSCN5856-480
Seeing double ? :-)
Left : Great Blue Mime, Right : Magpie Crow

The form aegialus mimics Euploea radamanthus (Magpie Crow).
I must say this is one of the best mimic I have seen and would fool most people except those who have an eye for details. The giveaway is the white submarginal crescents which is only apparent on closer examination. I only noticed the crescents when I examined the photo for sharpness on my camera !


As expected we did not get many moths during this time of the year but what we did not get in quantity was made up for with quality. We saw one of the prettiest and rarest Saturniid in Malaysia – Actias selene. In my 10+ trips to Fraser’s, this is only the 2nd time I see A. selene. Actias selene-20090228-MYFH_0111-480

Other noteworthy species include the bright yellow Leopa sikkima

Leopa sikkima javanica (m)-20090226-MYFH_0194

and the striking Owl Moth - Brahmaea hearseyi, with a wingspan of 14cm !

Brahmaea hearseyi-20090226-MYFH_0095-480

We also saw many other colorful and interesting moths …



Fraser’s Hill is a bird paradise. Pretty birds are everywhere and one can do arm chair birding right from the bungalow balcony. Even a lep person like me can rattle off a list of bird names after a few trips to Fraser’s Hill.

These are shots taken from our bungalow balcony :

Silver-eared Mesia
Silver-eared Mesai-20090228-MYFH_0234-480

Pacific Swallow preening in the rain
Pacific Swallow-20090227-MYFH_0306-480

Sultan Tit on a tree in front of our bungalowSuntan Tit-20090227-MYFH_0343-480

Black-throated Sunbird - The one and only sunbird at Fraser’s Hill.Black-throated Sunbird-20090228-MYFH_0223-480

My favorite bird ! The Verditer Flycatcher. Such a beautiful bird and a regular visitor to our bungalow. Laurence managed to take a full frame shot using his 100mm macro lens during one of our trips last year.
Verditer Flycatcher-20090227-MYFH_0324-640

That’s it. What a start for the year !

I just came back from my 2nd butterfly trip to Malaysia - Gopeng, Perak. It is another fabulous trip. We saw 100+ species of butterflies in 2.5 days and we dined with Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing ..

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Neptis hylas papaja (Common Sailor)

Name : Netis hylas papaja
Common Name : Common Sailor
Family : Nymphalidae, Nymphalinae

Larva host plant :
Name : Urena lobata (Pink Mallow)
Family : Malvacea (Hibiscus family)
Note : This is also the larva host plant for Rapala iarbus (Common Red Flash)

Neptis hylas papaja-MYBunker-20090222_0056-360

Life History Record

Date : 22 Feb 2009
Location : Bunker Trail, Johor, Malaysia

Larva host plant : Urena lobata

Larva :

Neptis hylas papaja-MYBunker-20090222_0068-600

Neptis hylas papaja-MyBunker-20090303_0383-600
Pupa :

Neptis hylas papaja-MyBunker-20090310_0340-stack-600 Neptis hylas papaja-MyBunker-20090310_0334a-600

Adult :

Neptis hylas papaja-MYBunker-20090222_0056-360

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rapala iarbus iarbus (Common Red Flash)

Name : Rapala iarbus iarbus
Common Name : Common Red Flash

Larva Host Plant
Name : Urena lobata
Common Name : Pink Mallow
Family : Malvacea (Hibiscus family)

Note : This is also the larva host plant for Neptis hylas papaja (Common Sailor)

Life History Record

Date : 22 Feb 2009
Location : Johor, along highway 3 after Kota Tinggi

Host plant : Urena lobata

Larva :

Pupa :

Adult :

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fraser's here I come ... Part I

The butterfly season starts around March but we are all itching for more butterflies so we took a chance and made a trip to Fraser’s Hill in end Feb. FH has so much to offer - even if we don't get any butterfly or moth, we can still enjoy the cool fresh air, lush greenery and great food.

As it turned out, FH did not disappoint us ! Not only did we have great food and lots of fun, we managed to see and photograph many rare moths and butterflies.

I get my first lifer even before we made it to the summit ! This is what greeted us on our way up :

OK, so we have Malayan Zebra, Pendlebury's Zebra, Blue Jay, Five Bar Swordtail. No big deal ! Look again, what is that butterfly that looks like a faded Five Bar Swordtail ? It is a Four Bar Swordtail (4BS)- Pathysa agetes !

I have been looking for 4BS ever since Laurence Leong showed me a photo of 4BS photos taken at FS. I didn't expect to see any exotic butterfly this trip but there it was sitting there waiting for me ! That sighting alone made the trip worth while, but that is not all...

The next morning I took stroll around our bungalow and low and behold I saw not one but 3 Purple Sapphire (Heliophorus epicles) busking on a shrub.

This must be one of the most beautiful Lycaenid in Malaysia. On closer examination, I realised that bush which they are busking on is Polygonum chinesis, the host plant of Purple Sapphire !

On the 2nd day we spotted a flowering tree with lots of Pieridae. Using a 400mm lens I managed to take a few shots of three of the more common Jezebels at FH.

Malayan Jezebel - Delias ninus Red-spot Jezebel - Delias descombesiYellow Jezebel - Delias baracasa
That's it for now...