I had never noticed the beauty of butterflies so closely until I visited Taman Negara and compiled this post. They are such elegant and fragile creatures which give so much joy! I really understood the challenges in taking photos of butterflies. Each butterfly had its own character and personality. Many times the butterflies would fly away just as I was about to take a shot, while some never stopped to rest. Still I persisted and enjoyed the experience.
We saw several butterflies on our treks, even a few moths! I have numbered each butterfly, so please do correct me if the species I’ve mentioned is wrong.
1. Another Manager of the resort, Mr. Sati, who was also a good friend we made (other than Mr Sabri whom I had mentioned earlier ) – told someone to knock on our room door and call us to see a moth…I could not believe my eyes! It was a Luna Moth(Acitas Luna) It was absolutely amazing- seeing one largest moths in the world!
(Please double click on each picture to see an enlarged photo)
2. I wasn’t not sure if this was the Saturn (Zeuxidia amethystus). Lemon Tea Yi Kai from the facebook group, Butterflies of Singapore and Malaysia said that it was a Tufted Jungle King (Thauris aliris) male that is quite rare!
3. A Cycad Blue (Chilades pandava):
4. The Common Four Ring (Ypthima huebneri):
5. I thought this was a Smooth eyed Bushbrown ( Orsotriaena medus). But it appears to be the Mycalesis species.
6. I saw this Commander (Moduza procris) near the cascade at Lata Berkoh. Apparently, it is usually found near heavily forested areas which receive a lot of rainfall. Taman Negara is perfect for it!
7. My mother was very lucky as this Wavy Maplet( Chersonesia rahria ) stayed on her shoe for a long time.
8. This is a Royal Assyrian( Terinos terpander robertsia) It is quite a shy and rare butterfly. It was so pretty with its vibrant violet and orange color, but was difficult to get a perfect shot of it’s wings open!
9. Try chasing this Psyche( Leptosia nina) for a picture. It will give you a good workout!
11. A Great-Egg Fly (Hypolimnas bolina) at the resort:
13. This is the female Common Mormon (Papilio polytes)
14. 2 Striped Blue Crows (Euploea mulciber) :
15. This vividly colorful moth near the resort was irresistible to photograph! Do let me know if you know the species!
16.The Malay Sailor (Neptis duryodana nesia) at Lata Berkoh:
Lubuk Simpon, a lovely place along Sungei Tahan was where we saw so many butterflies together. I don’t know if they were feeding on something, but it seemed like a butterfly party to me! There were so many species all in one place. It was a visual treat! The butterflies we saw together were:
17. The Cruiser (Vindula arsinoe) loves to feed on dead animals and excrement. It rarely stopped flying!
18. The Pithura marsena :
19.The Common Nawab (Polyura athamas):
20. Common Grass Yellow (Eurema hecabe) and Hill Grass Yellow (Eurema simulatrix) and Elbowed Pierrot ( Pycnophallium elna)
21. The picture includes- The Cruiser, two Common Grass Yellows, two Hill Grass Yellows, Pithuara Marsena( on the far left), and the Common Nawab. The striped butterfly is the Blue Pierrot (Discolampa Ethion).
The Cruiser and Common Nawab:
After researching on all the species and compiling the photos, I think I’ve learnt a lot about butterfly species. Please do correct me if the species’ names are wrong! It would be very helpful.
I referred to the following sources for the species common and scientific names:
1) “A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Singapore”- NATURE SOCIETY SINGAPORE
2) http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/– Website by Andrian Hoskins
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