Thursday, August 19, 2010

Winged Animals On Flowers and Foilage

Fraser's Hill (FH) is a popular place for bird-watching and photography. Indeed, the number of birds I have encountered was quite impressive. Without a bird lens, I only captured some docile birds who were not afraid of my close proximity with them.

It was a later afternoon, this Chestnut-capped Laughing Thrush was resting high on the tree.
This magnificent Black-throated Sunbird was our "target" when we didn't have any other subjects to photograph. It kept coming back to the same Honeysuckle Flowers (Lonicera species) outside the Bungalow where we stayed.Quite a number of this rather tame Long-tailed Sibia were singing and foraging for food in the early morning. Thanks David from Australia who had identified these birds.
Here is another shot.
Another small bird was chirping above me on a cloudy morning just outside where we stay.
Forest Quaker (Pithecops corvus corvus) is a small lycaenid butterfly. There were quite a few of them flitting and feeding on wild flowers beside a riverbank.
The number of Red Spot Jezebels (Delias descombesi eranthos) fluttering at the canopy level tempted us to stop our cars along the roadside. Many thanks to the owner (or caretaker) of a private property on a small hill top for allowing us to photograph these beautiful Jezebels feeding on the flowers of the Lantana bushes.
On 5 Aug after the weather turned slightly better in the early afternoon, we went to the same place again. On the slope, I had a rare chance to see a female being harassed by a male and this was what she did - to refuse mating.
Just like other "Tiger butterflies", Yellow Glassy Tiger (Parantica aspasia aspasia) usually flies slowly at low level, feeding on wild flowers intermittently.

The most common "Ring" species at FH is the Common Three Ring (Ypthima pandocus corticari) but they were rather skittish. I decided not to chase them for a shot. From far, we would think that there isn't any "ring" on the underside hindwings of this species shown here. In fact, there are six (the last adjoined pair counted as one) small ocelli  on the hindwings of  this Malayan Six-ring  (Ypthima fasciata torone) butterfly
This is Chocolate Tiger (Parantica melaneus sinopion). I had a hard time chasing this bugger before I could manage a record shot.

This moth was spotted at the ground level where we were chasing and shooting the Red Spot Jezebel. It flew and behaved like a butterfly, feeding on the Lantana flowers under the hot sun.

This Saturn (Zeuxidia amethystus amethystus) was taken from afar resting above my eye level. However, its preferred habitat is the forest understory.
I cannot identify the next two skippers. There were shot at the foot of Bukit Fraser on a rather sunny and hot afternoon. The first shot looks like a Notocrypta species.
I have no clue about this skipper.
My first shot of a mating Lady Bug. There were quite a few of them foraging on leaf surfaces. This intimate pair didn't seem to be shy about their behaviour.
A rather large bug appeared to be wearing a armoured shield around its body, I guess this is a kind of Sting Bug. Apart from these insects, I have shot many species of moths - will post these shots when I have the time to process the pictures.

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