Sunday, June 17, 2012
Butterflies of Panti Forest Part 2
I did't encounter many skippers in this trip. This is a Sumatran Bob (Arnetta verones) resting quite tamely and enjoying a quiet moment away from all the puddlling butterflies.A Forest Hopper (Astictopteru jama jama ) was nearby as well, taking a short nap under a big tree.
The only Arhopala shot in this trip was a tailless species with blue uppersides, identified by Dr Seow as Arhopala epimuta epiala.. It appeared outside the base camp in the late afternoon.
I didn't know when this Fluffy Tit (Zeltus amasa maximinianus) came down to puddle on this specially prepared and clean sandy ground.
A more pristine Great Assyrian (Terinos atlita teuthras ) was sighted "testing" the ground and puddling along the main dirt track.
This Five bar Swordtail (Pathysa antiphates itamputi) found a damp sandy spot.
There were at least a couple of Malay Punchinello (Zemeros emesoides emesoides ) loitering around on a particular patch of bushes at the base camp. I did't have luck to snap a frontal shot - how I wish the perch of this pristine specimen were lower at my eye level.
The conditions at the "base camp" seem deteriorating over the years. A dwindling number of butterflies and insect species that I noticed, the loss of vegetation and the messing-up the forest ground with all sorts of waste by inconsiderate campers should warrant concerns for nature lovers.