To finish my series of posts on the Malaysian Nature Society trip to Panti Forest in February 2012, here is a gallery of butterflies. First is a "flying handkerchief", the Common Tree Nymph (Idea stolli): slow, graceful and easy to photograph in mid-air.
Next, a series of another easy-to-identify butterfly, the Malay Lacewing (Cethosia hypsea hypsina) (though there are a few similar Cethosia species that you need to differentiate).Now things get a little more difficult. This is probably a female Archduke (Lexias pardalis dirtea), on the basis of the orange tips to its antennae. However, its wingspots are bluish-white rather than tan: the mark of a female Great Archduke (Lexias cyanipardus), a species that has been recorded along the Bunker Trail. Great Archdukes, however, have all-dark antennae. So what is this? The closest match I can find is the Blue-spotted Archduke (L. albopunctata), which combines blue spots with orange antennal knobs, but that is a Thai-Indochinese species that is not supposed to occur in Peninsular Malaysia. Can anyone help?
I presume that this is a species of Mycalesis (Bush Browns) but, again, I am not sure which one.
This is a female Knight (Lebadea martha malayana) (if that isn't a contradiction in terms). It is one of a series of nymphalid butterflies that look rather like one another; I did not quite realise what this one was until I started checking my photographs against my reference books.
The Knight looks rather like a souped-up version of this butterfly, the Malay Viscount (Tanaecia pelea pelea)...
…or of this one, a female Malay Baron (Euthalia monina). I'll have to keep my eyes open a bit more next time!
I have a great deal of trouble distinguishing the many species of Neptis and Athyma in Malaysia. This is one of them. After poring over a number of books and websites, I will say that I think that this is a Grey (or Burmese) Sailor (Neptis leucoporos).
Finally, a Striped Albatross (Appias lyncida), the only butterfly in this post not to be a member of the family Nymphalidae (it is, instead, a member of the Pieridae, or whites).