Friday, November 1, 2013

Hot Spot for Butterfly Sighting and Photography Part 2

Besides lycaenids, Sailors and Lascars seemed to be common at this particular location. A Common Lascar (Pantoporia hordonia hordonia) was sunbathing and constantly flapping its wings on a leaf under the morning sun.
There were a few male Malay Barons (Euthalia monina monina) flying around. With a bit of luck and patience, I encountered a male of  of the form, decorata resting on a leaf surface, facing the trail - a rather common behaviour.
Malay Baron exhibits male polymorphism so this is form-monina.
This shot appears to be a female Malay Baron. But it looks rather strange to me as her hindwing's white arrow-shaped markings troubles me.    
Two very similar Lasippa species were spotted though they were not shot on the same day. It appeared to me that the Malayan Lascar (Lasippa tiga siaka) outnumbered the Burmese Lascar (Lasippa heliodore dorelia) at this location.
Another Malayan Lascar came down to hunt for food on a late afternoon.
While taking a short break on the edge of a leaf, this pristine specimen, likely to be the Burmese Lascar (Lasippa heliodore dorelia) presented a shooting opportunity for me.
How about this ? See carefully, you should be convinced that this is neither a Burmese or a Malayan Lascar - it is The Perak Lascar (Pantoporia paraka paraka). Wow, all the four Lascar butterflies can be found here.
A Nymphalid, The Colonel (Pandita sinope sinope) is always skittish. A long distance record shot is good enough for the purpose of this blog. 
The Commander (Moduza procris milonia) is a common forest denizen and it is not uncommon to see them feeding on the Melastoma fruits. Strong on the wings, its gliding flight would show its reddish-brown uppersides with a prominent v-shaped white band.
The Purple Duke (Eulaceura osteria kumana) is abundant. It has the tendency of scooting around from leaf to leaf  and settling down on the underside of a leaf. 
A different perch from a different specimen on a different day.
There were quite a number of Chocolate and Grey Sailors (Neptis leucoporos cresina).
This Chocolate Sailor (Neptis harita harita) was playing hide-and-seek with me. Finally, I got a chance to "catch" it when it was staring at me from a high perch.
It turned away from me and let me shoot its undersides.
This plot of forested land once again gave us a lot of excitement and the thrill of chasing for "perfect" shots for some of us. In my next post, I will share some non-butterflies photos.

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