Sunday, December 13, 2015

Butterflies of Chiang Mai Province Part 4 (Nymphalid)

Continue from from the last post

My first sighting of a Black Spotted Labyrinth (Neopa muirheadi bhima) was along the roadside high up in Doi Chiang Dao. A rather skittish fellow,  once it decided to stay on the ground a bit longer, I quickly snap a quick shot of it. 
Take a closer look, you should see the difference between this Veined Labyrinth (Neopa pulaha pulahoides) and the previous Neopa species.  It was found along a mountain trail at Doi Pha Hom Pok.
I remembered we were exploring a forest trail at Doi Chiang Dao on our second day (28 Sept 2015) where I met this rather skittish Common Tree Brown (Lethe rohria rohria) puddling on the dirt trail. 
While driving, Antonio's sharp eyes spotted this relatively rare Naga Treebrown (Lethe naga) puddling in the middle of the road with a Black Spotted Labyrinth.
It scooted off when we approached them closer. We managed to take a few more record shots when the Naga Treebrown was hopping around in the vicinity.
There were quite a number of Charaxes species at Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary. These two shots look like the Common Tawny Rajah (Charaxes bemardus hierax) shot on two different days.

Another Charaxes with a rather different forewing shape.
As usual, there were a few Nawabs puddling at different spots on ground. This is the Shan Nawab (Polyura nepenthes nepenthes).
Butterflies in a pair can be interesting.

Behind the worker's quarter, a Blue Nawab (Polyura schreiber assamensis) was enjoying its food on the wet sandy ground. 
The Yellow Coster (Acraea issoria sordice) seemed to be abundant at higher altitude. They flew slowly and graciously. They had a tendency to perch with wings folded. 
But we might be lucky to see them opening their wings for a while.

To be continued