We were charged RM$60 per night for each hut which is equipped with a fan and power supply, big enough for two to sleep comfortably.
SC shot a Bibasis sena uniformis (Orange-Tail Awl) on Day 2 early morning before we had breakfast. I missed it. Luckily another very pristine specimen appeared on Day 3 morning around 7 plus – very early indeed. It was very alert initially, however, it became very tame and cooperative once it found a juicy spot for its morning nutrition supply. Look at the long proboscis, you know what it was doing. Having a strong and rapid flight, Polyura athamas athamas (Common Nawab) loves to puddle and is rather common in Malaysia however it has not been found in Singapore. Besides the river banks, we encountered at least two individuals along the road leading to the base camp. This species is highly similar to what we have in Singapore, Polyura hebe plautus (Plain Nawab). From what I observed on the forewing beneath, Common Nawab has two small black basal dots and a row of postdiscal crescent-shaped markings. Graphium evemon eventus (Blue Jay) was abundant and they came down in good numbers puddling on the moist river banks. Once they got used to our close proximity with them , we could easily take many shots. I was really lucky to capture and freeze a bee flying towards this Blue Jay.Look at a similar species below. Can you spot the difference? Graphium eurypylus mecisteus (Great Jay) was never in my mind when I shot this species. I thought it was a Graphium doson evemonides (Common Jay). The disjoint bands at the hindwing costal region where the red dot is, separates this species from Common Jay which can be found in Pulau Ubin. There was one male Euploea radamanthus radamanthus (Magpie Crow) hanging around at our huts. It was a very skittish guy but on the 3rd day morning, it decided to puddle at the river banks. This was a lucky shot when it just took off from puddling.
1. The Butterflies of The Malay Peninsula, A.S. Corbet and H.M. Pendlebury, 4th Edition, Malayan Nature Society.
2. Butterflies of Thailand, Pisuth Ek-Amnuay, 1st Edition, 2006