Monday, November 3, 2014
Butterfly Paradise at Chiang Dao (Northern Thailand) Part 3
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There were a few black-and-white butterflies on the ground at different time of the day. This is The Clear Sailor (Neptis clinia susruta) - a rather skittish Sailor which tested my determination of shooting both its undersides and uppersides.
It kept flapping its wings and didn't stay still on the ground. So I was quite happy to get a record shot.
Another very skittish Neptis species, the Neptis magadha magadha (The Spotted Sailor) also didn't offer me any good opportunity of shooting its uppersides.
Along a stretch of the Chiang Dao hill slope, another Neptis species, the Sullied Brown Sailor (Neptis nata adipala) was flitting to-and-fro. It took me a while to snap this shot.
My last shot of a Neptis species was this Yerbury's Sailor (Neptis yerburii pandoces). Flitting close to the ground most of the time, it rested a few seconds - long enough for me to snap a few quick shots.
Just like the Sailors (Neptis species), many Athyma butterflies are cladded with black-and-white "outfit". This Studded Sergeant (Athyma asura asura) was alone at one corner when I spotted it.
In the late afternoon on 14 Oct, another I encounter another specimen loitering inside a hut.
With patience, I finally got a chance to capture its underside.
There were at least a couple of the Athyma selenophora bahula (The Staff Sergeant). This was the more pristine one.
I saw Les and Khew stalking this guy quite persistently along a roadside. I thought it was another Athyma species until I had a glimpse of its undersides - it was an Emperor! the Sailor Emperor (Mimathyma chevana chevana). A distant record shot was the only chance I could showcase this skittish guy.
Just like my last visit in early November, the Indian Purple Emperor (Mimathyma ambica miranda) was abundant.
The blue colour that we see here was due to the reflection of the light from the structure of its wings.