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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.
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.
Other noteworthy species include the bright yellow Leopa sikkima
and the striking Owl Moth - Brahmaea hearseyi, with a wingspan of 14cm !
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 :
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.
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 ..