Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Chocolate Tiger, Parantica melaneus sinopion (Fruhstorfer)

This is a common butterfly of the hills and in the region of Raub, descending to about just the lowest about 500 M. It is not found in the lower valley of the region. It is instantly recognisable by its large semi-transparent blue-spoted wings lined with dark chocolate brown and a rather yellowish brown abdomen that is visible in flight.

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








 x
 x
 x

Frequency observation chart: (x marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)
2013
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct



H
S5




2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct

S5
S5




S5S5
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

S8





S5



S5
S5
S3S5
2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec




S5










The male was attracted to the dried plant of the White Snakeroot, Ageratina altissima which is commonly found growing wild along the roadsides in Malaysia. Above 3 photos from the roadside in the Telekom Loop, Fraser's Hills 12 June 2013 @ 12:17.


Above 2 photos from the way down to Jeriau, Fraser's Hills 14 June 2013 @ 11:33.

A male from Gunung Brinchang: 14 Dec 2014 @ 11:49

The Chocolate Royal, Remelana jangala travana (Hewitson)

The undersides of this butterfly is entirely dark chocolate brown, much like an Arhopala but it has no visible markings on its underside except for a long post-discal line that transverse the two wings in a darker brown. It has two prominent black spots on the end of its hindwings crowned with brilliant metallic green scales.

Habitat indicator

RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
UMN
MN






 x
 x




Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)
2013
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct



S1F





2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct





S2S2S2S2


2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec





S2
S2
S1






2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec



S2
S1S3
S1S2









 Above 3 photos from 13 June 2013 @ 11:43.

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 Above 2 photos 05 June 2014 @ 13:50

Above photo of a worn male's upperside: 13:53

20 June 2014 @ 12: 26


26 April 2015 @ 12:45

05 June 2016 @ 12:38

10 June 2016 @ 13:20


Above 2 photos 26 June 2016 @ 12:49