Saturday, June 30, 2012

Butterflies of Gua Tempurung @ Kampar Part 3

Continue from my previous  post

A shade-loving butterfly, The Malayan Ringlet (Ragadia makuta siponata) occasionally ventured out to an open area. This was shot along a walking path behind the reception counter.  
The Orchid Tit (Chliaria othona semanga) came down to a rocky site for a short while. It showed a great displeasure against the the flash light - so this shot was taken under the natural light source.  
There were quite a few Pieridae butterflies congragating and puddlling at a small  patch of sandy soil. This is a  Common Albatross (Appias abina abina) resting on a rock.
Another Common Albatross puddling at the stream.
A look-alike Albatross, this is the Lesser Albatross (Appias paulina distani) which was puddling together with quite a few other Pierids.
The most conspicuous and brilliantly coloured butterfly spotted on Day 3 afternoon was this lonely Orange Albatross (Appias nero figulna). It was with a group of Grass Yellows but it decided to move towards us and stayed on the ground for quite some time.
Another shot which exposes more orange patch of the forewing 
This Tree Yellow (Gandaca harina distani) was accompanied by the Orange Albattoss most of the time.  
There were quite a number of Yellows puddling at one little corner of the entrance to the cave. One of the species was the Anderson's Grass Yellow (Eurema andersonii andersonii) .
Of course, Lycaenids also joined in the fun of sipping nutrients from the ground. There were a few Jamides philatus subditus flitting around along the stream.
I would just take some shots of any Nacaduba species that I wasn't sure of, hoping that I had shot something I have not seen before. But, I didn't have such luck - according to Dr Seow from BC, this shot has all the features of a Rounded Sixline Blue (Nacaduba berenice icena).  
This tiny Lycaenid attracted my interest as I thought it was something new for me. Again, to my disappointment, it was just The Malayan (Megisba malaya sikkima) that we can find it in Singapore. 
Here is another male Black Prince (Rohana parisatis siamensis) that I managed to capture at the stream.
With a stronger flash, his uppersides don't look so dark - in fact this is not his actual colour seen by our eyes.
This is The Malayan Nawab (Polyura moorei) which came down to have fun with other butterflies. 
There were a few Lesser Zebras (Pathysa macareus perakensis) hanging around the cave - my first sighting and shooting of this species.
This Blue Baron (Euthalia mahadeva zichrina) didn't like to socialise with other puddling butterflies. Instead, it preferred dried leaves but not for long - it scooted off hastily. 
This Malayan Assyrian (Terinos clarissa malayanus) also preferred a different taste - it liked moisture on the rocks.  
Yes, skippers such as this Moore's Ace (Halpe porus) and Halpe hauxweli were found side-by-side enjoying themselves on the sandy ground also

I had a hard time chasing and stalking this Chersonesia intermedia intermedia behind the toilet. My persistence paid off as I managed to snap a few quick shots when it kept flapping its wings while "testing" the ground.
Patches of Smelly water on the cement floor behind the toilet attracted quite a number of puddling butterflies in a hot afternoon. Can you identify them ?
Yes, puddling butterflies offer us good shooting opportunities as you can see from these pictures posted  here. In my next post, I will show some butterflies taken at the Batu Berangkai waterfall. 

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