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Continue from Butterfly trip to northern Thailand Part II – Butterflies
Start from Butterfly trip to northern Thailand – Part I
We did our mothing at Soppong River Inn, Cave Lodge and a remote hill top.
At Soppong River Inn, the power supply was unstable as such we were only able to put up a blended mercury 120W light for a short period.
At Cave Lodge, the power was stable enough for us to put up a 400W MH light.
The light attracted not only moths but cicadas, praying mantis, butterflies and also curious neighbors who thought we were having a party.
Dog Paw Moth – Plutodes sp. This one is slightly different from the one we usually encounter in Malaysia – Plutodes malaysiana .
Moth with long neck. Found out this is not a moth !
It is a Fishfly, Neochauliodes formosanus
Below are some of the hawk moths photographed at Cave Lodge :
Clanis hyperion - looks like Clanis undulosa from Fraser's Hill but 2/3 the size.
See more moth photos from this trip here.
I would like to thank Ian Kitching from BNHM for helping to id the hawkmoths
Many of the butterflies we saw during this trip look familiar yet different because they are of the continental subspecies e.g. The Clipper, The Common Indian Crow.
At Tham Lot :
Other butterflies photographed here include :
Near our lodge, we saw these :
On the last day we found an exposed hill top with lots of butterflies.
These are some of the butterflies I photographed :
Papilio paris paris -The Paris Peacock. A lovely butterfly with green dusted forewing and abdomen,and shining blue-green sub-apical patch on the hind wing. Unfortunately this one has broken hind wings.
See more butterfly photos from this trip here.
Early this month, a few of us from NSS spent 7 days at Pang Mapha district, Mae Hon Son province, Thailand.We took a Silkair flight to Chiang Mai, rented a 4WD and a generator and drove about 5 hours on highway 1095. We stayed 3 days at Soppong River Inn and 4 days at Cave Lodge, both offer cheap and clean room with fantastic view and great home cook food.
I have lots of butterfly lifers as many of the butterflies in northern Thailand are either not found in Peninsula Malaysia or are of different subspecies. We set up our moth light at Cave Lodge and got quite a decent amount of moths though not as many as in Fraser’s Hill. All in all it has been a very fruitful exploratory trip. We will definitely be back next year.
Here goes the photos ..
Lunch menu and the house special dragon fruit ice sorbet.
Enjoying a Thai meal
A very large lounge outside our rooms
While at Soppong River Inn, we met Aaron Kwok (one of the Cantopop Four Heavenly King). He was there for a UNICEF program to help underprivileged kids from the villages. He stayed just next to our room and was kind enough to pose for a photo with us. This is definitely our ‘catch of the trip’ !