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  • #31
    This is the last of the unknowns and took a while to find:


    Tiger Palmfly (Elymnias nesaea lioneli) There are 3 different sub-species and I'm guessing that it is lioneli rather than apelles.

    The book by Ek-Amnuay, I referred to, has all the species "set" when photographed with a view of the male and female both upper and undersides as well as the dry season form if different. It would be nice to have photographs of them in their natural state as well (as per the Naturalist's Guide) but I imagine this would be a huge undertaking.

    For the amateur observer, I think the field guide is pretty good but misses out on a few common butterflies whilst including some that are unlikely to be seen.

    Wiki pages are pretty good at confirming a species once you have an idea of the common name or genus. Looking at the google images will bring up quite a few erroneous names. Quite a few stock photos for sale have the wrong name of the species as well.

    Looks like I am in BKK for another week but I'm not sure I will have time to look for more butterflies. I hope to be back in the village at the start of the wet season for a week or two. It will be interesting to see the difference in numbers and types then.


    • #32
      Looks like I am in BKK for another week but I'm not sure I will have time to look for more butterflies. I hope to be back in the village at the start of the wet season for a week or two. It will be interesting to see the difference in numbers and types then
      looking in the wrong place troy, try earls territory or Soi22 in Bkk found plenty there


      • #33
        We got loads of cool butterflies, and other creatures like monster cicada and big moths.
        What I really like are the critters that feed on them; the Tokay, the Jinkjok, and array of interesting spiders.


        • #34
          Originally posted by troy View Post

          Malayan Lacewing (Cethosia Hypsea). The species needs confirming with a better book than I have at the moment. I have seen them with a darker orange hindwing as well as a paler yellow and a white variant. There are several species as well as variations between male and female.
          Troy, did you confirm which species of lacewing this butterfly is? Malay lacewing? Leopard Lacewing? Orange Lacewing?


          • #35
            ^ Apologies for missing your post. Yes I did manage to confirm the species as a Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane euanthes) due to the much paler orange hind-wing and after seeing the female, whose hind-wing is white. I have a couple of photos of the female, which I will post when I have a few more to show.


            • #36
              I didn't get a lot of time to take photos this time around. The mix of mushroom pickers and heat kept the butterflies quick and nervous, making them difficult to snap close-up. There was also a lot less in bloom in the woods where we are. Lots of flowers in the village itself but not that many growing wild.

              The Great Egg-fly was a far more common sight than at Christmas and I managed some better pictures:


              Great Egg-fly (Hypolimnas bolina jacintha) male ...


              ... and male underside...


              .. and this is the female.

              This pierrot didn't look quite the same as the ones I remembered in January and after a check I found that it is a different species:


              Angled Pierrot (Caleta decidia decidia)


              • #37
                I think I may have labelled the next one as a Lesser striped black crow in an earlier post. However, after further inspection of the books I think it may have been the same as this.


                Common Indian Crow (Euploea core godartii) male upperside....


                ...and underside. Since this was the first butterfly to come onto our balcony, I suppose we will have to name our little house "The Crow's Nest".

                Next are a couple of better photos of the Lime butterfly. All the colours of butterflies were much more striking this time compared to January and I expect they will be even more so during the wet season.


                Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus ) male underside...


                ...and the upperside.

                More to follow, once I've managed to identify them....
                Last edited by troy; 03-29-2015, 04:01 PM.


                • #38
                  ...actually not many more...


                  Ciliate blue (Anthene emolus emolus)


                  Common Line blue (Posotus nora ardates)


                  Peablue (Lampides boeticus)

                  These are the only new ones that I managed to find.

                  I have a feeling we will be back to the house somewhat earlier than Christmas this year though. It would be nice to visit during the wet season again but that may be wishful thinking...


                  • #39
                    I saw a nice butterfly this week. It was a small white butterfly, a nice bright white with some black markings, spots probably. I didn't have a camera with me so I'm only going by memory. It was quite a small butterfly and looked to only have one "wing" each side (only fore-wings and no hind-wings?). Perhaps I am mistaken on that. It's the first time I have seen that kind of butterfly.


                    • #40
                      The variety of butterflies is quite astounding throughout SE Asia - such as nowhere else in the world, perhaps with the exception of the broad Amazon basin.