Friday, December 30, 2011
The crow must have came from West Coast Park where there are many Pong Pong trees (Cerbera odollam), its larva host plant. It must have been attracted by my Dill plant. On 14 Dec, I spotted a Dark Glassy Tiger (Parantica agleoides agleoides) circling my dill plant and it stayed for 2 days before disappearing.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Name : Eupanacra elegantulus (Herrich-Schaeffer, )
Family : SPHINGIDAE Latreille, 1802
Subfamily : MACROGLOSSINAE Harris, 1839
Tribe : Macroglossini Harris, 1839
Larva host plant : Alocasia, Diffenbachia, Anthurium, Philodendron
Female : Mar 2008 Singapore
Reference : The Sphingidae of Southeast-Asia
|Date : 3 Dec 2011 |
source : Gan
Location : MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore
Host plant : Diffenbachia
|Date : 25 May 2009 |
source : GCS member “wolfman”
Location : Along Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore
Host plant : Colocasia Black Magic
Date : 28 Mar 2008
Date : 9 Jan 2009
Larva : 5th instar
Monday, November 7, 2011
From a far, this species can be easily mistaken for a large Eurema, Gandaca or Catopsilia, especially when it is puddling with other Pierids. However, its unique angled wing and blackish brown quadrate spot on the apex of the forewing makes it distintive and cannot be mistaken for any other species in Malaysia.
The larva host plant for D. gobrias is Dalbergia benthami, a plant that looks a bit like the Rattlebox pea plant (Crotalaria sp).
Note: The species that is found in West Malaysia has been reclassified as Dercas gobrias herodorus.The reason for the change is because D. verhuelli is a continental species and can only be found in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and southern China while D. gobrias is found in found Peninsula Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Java.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Continue from Part I
We did not have the best of weather this trip as the sky was cloudy most of time. However, we still managed to see many lovely butterflies which sprang into action every time the sun made a brief appearance.
1. Abisara neophron chelina – this species is confined to the highland and is common at Fraser’s Hill.
5. Troides brookiana albescens (Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing)
This is the national butterfly of Malaysia and is also the most beautiful butterfly in Malaysia. I have seen this butterfly countless time and yet every time it make its appearance I will instinctively pause to admire its graceful flight and its lovely electric-green over velvety black wings.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
This is my third trip to Fraser’s Hill and I have 3 lifer !
The first is a small white inconspicuous lycaenid. I was trailing an Abisara savitri when I noticed a tiny white ‘moth’ flew out form under a leaf. It has a weak moth-like flight and is about the size of a Lesser Grass Blue butterfly. I ignored it and continued to photograph the Abisara. The white moth then landed in front of me and I noticed it has clubbed antenna. It is not a moth ! I quickly snap a few shots and it turned out to be an uncommon lycaenid – Takara mahanetra.
My 2nd lifer was observed in the most unlikely place, inside Puncak Inn. It was in the evening and we were at Puncak Inn having our lemon tea when I noticed 2 butterflies trapped under the glass roof. Both were Arhopala but one looks interesting.
I borrowed Jee Kin’s camera which has the Tamron 180 on it, and took a few shots. It turned out to be another lifer for me ! It is Arhopala paraganesa mendava. According to book ‘Butterfly of Malay Peninsula’, this species is rare and confined to montane. This individual was recorded at 1000m.
Arhopala paraganesa mendava
I encountered my 3rd lifer while we were checking out a road leading to an Orang Asli settlement. We saw a few small lycaenids fluttering under a cluster of bamboo leaves.
On closer examination, we recognized the lycaenid as Miletus sp. The female were laying eggs where there were cluster of ants.
The lycaenid was later identified as Miletus gallus gallus.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
This is my 2nd trip to Fraser’s Hill this year and one of my all time best ! The best because we had the pleasure to feast on the authentic and BEST ‘Mao Shan Wang’ (Gua Musang) durian in Malaysia and I saw many spectacular and rare butterflies out of which 2 are lifer* for me :
- Graphium empedovana
- Chilasa paradoxa aenigma -f. eucyana
- Lamproptera, most likely L. meges.
- Ixias pyrene alticola
- Amathuxidia amythaon dilucida
- Sumalia daraxa theoda
- Hestina nama nama*
- Prothoe franck uniformis*
Here are some butterfly photos from the trip :
The Striped Blue Crows, sipping seepage from on rock surface.
Staff Sergeant (Athyma selenophora selenophora)
The Green Commodore (Sumalia daraxa theoda) - A highland species which like to settle high above ground, can be mistaken for a small G. sarpedon. This is the first time I managed to photograph this species.