We were really trilled by the number of butterflies puddling on the river banks - this is just one of the puddling sites.I shall feature all the species that I have managed to photograph in two parts.
|This is a Striped Jay (Graphium chironides malayanum) - I guess the two curved black strips on the hindwing beneath give its common name.|
We can see the four black bars on the the upperside of the forewings.
Rajah Brook's Birdwing (Troides brookiana albescens ) is a typical example of the sexual dimorphism in terms of puddling behaviour. So far, I have not seen a female puddling while the male often congregate and puddled in a group. I tried to isolate one of them and took an open-wing shot while others puddling with wings flapping frantically.
The next 3 species are from the Nymphalidae family. The Indian Yellow Nawab (Polyura jalysus jalysus ) was intoxicated by the nutrients in the damp soil. It stayed at this position for more than 20 minutes, allowing us to take as many shots as we like.
A common species in the Malaysia forests, though the Common Nawab (Polyura athamas athamas) looks quite similar to the Indian Yellow Nawab, we can easily tell the differences.
This is a very pristine male Jewel Nawab (Polyura delphis concha ) who came down a few times to tease us before it really got intoxicated by the nutrients-rich sandy ground where he stayed quite a while for all of us to take a few shots.
In my next post, I will continue sharing more puddling butterflies from three other families.
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2. Freerk M., Roy, H.A.G., Maartje L., Bas J.Z. & Paul M.B. (2005) Is male puddling behaviour of tropical butterflies targeted at sodium for nuptial gifts or activity ? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 86, 345-361.