Monday, November 21, 2016

Euploea algea menetriesii (Felder & Felder)

Seasonal and rather rare in occurences throughout the district of Raub. They were never observed from 2013 onwards but suddenly became abundant in 2016 for a very short period of time, possibly indicating migratory behaviour. Can be differentiated from E. eyndhovii by the male's larger and longer brand as well as the rather short elongated white marginal spots on the HW.

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Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)

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Above photos 02 July 2016


Above pictures 16 July 2016 @ 11:59

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Yellow Orange Tip, Ixias pyrene birdi (Distant)

The females can be mistaken for a very large Eurema nicevillei in flight because of the overall yellow uppersides with heavily dusted black wing margins and the yellow spots bordered with black on the forewing apex. The males are more variable, with different shades of lemon yellow to creamy off-white with a tinge of yellow on the uppersides of the wings and have more intense orange-yellow spots on the forewing apex much like the Great Orange Tip, Hebomoia glaucippe. On the undersides, they have a rather sullied overall yellow appearance because of mottling over a more drab yellow.

While males are commoner under the morning sun visiting flowering bushes and sunning themselves, females seem to be more discreet and prefer nectaring in shaded conditions. They seems to have an affinity for flowers of the Chinese Violet, Asystasia gangetica. Highly localised and rather scarce in lowland forest glades.

Habitat indicator
RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
UMN
MN



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Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)

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An all yellow female taking a rest after being disturbed while nectaring under sun-speckled forested trunk road glades: 08 Oct 2016 @ 16:46. They are commoner towards the late afternoon, nectaring on flowers when the males would have roosted.


Another female came out in the earlier part of a sunny morning to look for nectar: 09 Oct 2016 @ 10:16.


Towards late morning when the sun gets hotter, males come out to nectar and sun themselves on sunny bushes on the forest's edge. Above photos 09 Oct 2016 @10:47

 10:51

 10:51
Above pictures of a rather small male which was yellower on the uppersides.

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A pristine male came out to sun itself on a sunny spot at the edge of the forest. Above pictures 09 Oct 2016.

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Above pictures of a yellow-based male: 17 Oct 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cirrochroa satellita satellita (Butler)

Rare and confined to heavily wooded forest trails where it can often be dismissed as a small C. orissa in flight. Unlike the larger and commoner Cirrochroas or Yeomans, this species is shy and do not stay long on open trails where they make occasional visits and darts back into the safety of the undergrowth once they sense the presence of human in the vicinity.

Habitat indicator
RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
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LMEF
UMN
MN







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Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)

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A record shot of a specimen sunning itself on a leaf under a sun-speckled forest trail. 26 June 2016 @ 11:36.


Above photos of a worn specimen visiting moist sand on an open trail: 02 October 2016 @ 10:48