View Full Version : how to differentiate between a pygmy n common posy??

24-May-2008, 10:22 PM
hihi... would like to find an answer for the above question...

shot the following today... its much smaller than a common but some how it does not have the features of a pygmy... can some expert help me ID??.. thanks!


24-May-2008, 10:36 PM
yeap i shot them yesterday too. maybe it is a female pygmy

Cigaritis wong
24-May-2008, 10:54 PM
I also dunno, but is surely a very posy :)

24-May-2008, 11:28 PM
Noted there are 3 distinct types in terms of marking and size of posies there on location......

Common Posy

"Dwarf" Common Posy


and the Pygmy Posy .

In terms of size ,#2 and #3 of the same size , and it is possible that #2 could be a female of #3 , was there for 3 days hoping to confirm this suspicion by capturing a mating pair of #2 with #3 , so far no luck as yet.

Here are some shots of them together :

note upper one is a "Dwarf"

2 on the upper left are Pygmy Posy

the pair on the left are Pygmy Posy

24-May-2008, 11:47 PM
In general the fore wings of female posies are more rounded as compare to the males of the species .

Other than different in size , the marking differences of the posies are as bracketed:

Top down:

1."dwarf" Posy.... suspect might be a female Pygmy Posy ... to be verified.

2. Male Common Posy

3. Suspected Male Pygmy Posy

4 Suspected worn out female Common Posy

5. Female Dark Posy


24-May-2008, 11:50 PM
tks sunny for the excellent illustration

25-May-2008, 12:01 AM
Other than the Pygmy Posy being about 1/3 the size of the Common Posy, here is a closeup of the difference of the two .


Elbowed Pierrot
25-May-2008, 12:59 AM
look at the black strip around the legs, the pygmy looks thicker and more distinct

25-May-2008, 09:23 AM
thanks sunny for the really detailed explaination!!!... :)...

seems like the one I've shot is the "Dwarf" posy... but it has yet been identified whether its a common or pygmy right??... perhaps its a hybrid??... pdt of a common n pygmy??.. hee

25-May-2008, 09:13 PM
new species lol