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    Doing some spring cleaning of my hard disks, and I thought that it would be good to clear some of the cobwebs off my old unknown or probably wrongly-ID'ed skippers for Seow (and any others who would like to chip in) to discuss.

    So for a start, this is from way back in 2007.

    First one is a brown skipper, perhaps about the size of a Tree Flitter. What caught my attention was the white tip almost at the apiculus. From references, the Halpe have this feature.
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    This one was from Pulau Tekong. A Potanthus from the looks of it.
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    This Potanthus was from USR, but the rather darkish appearance caught my attention, as well as the spots in space 4 & 5 are small and completely detached from the other spots.
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    These are two of the same individual, but the strange lightened apiculus tip is interesting. I had earlier ID'ed it as a Chocolate Demon, but finding it in the middle of a dark forested area in the nature reserve is not quite normal.
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    After looking at the shots on Caltoris bromus as bred by Horace, this one does quite match in terms of its forewing spots. Shot on 12 May 2007.
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    One more from the Live Firing Area surveys in Jun 2007.
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    1. Hyarotis have similar antennae. The subapicals are in a straight line and there appeared to be spots on the hindwing suggesting H. micristicta female.
    2. The veins are lightly darkened. The shorter spot in space 8 and the darkish shading on the hindwing suggest P. juno.
    3. The veins are darkened on the upperside of the hindwing. Spotting is consistent for P. omaha female.
    4. It is A. nigrita.
    5. Two prominent cell spots. There is a diagonal line or brand that runs from the spot in space 2(part of it obscured) indicating it should be C. brunnea.

    I believed Pulau Tekong will prove to be a treasure trove of new species once it is accessible.

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    Another Potanthus from the LFA survey which I put down as a male P. omaha
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    6 have a single upper cell spot; a spot in space 1b. The underside shows a broad area of ochreous; grennish hairs on thorax. It is Borbo cinnara.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commander View Post
    Another Potanthus from the LFA survey which I put down as a male P. omaha
    Agreed. It is P. omaha male.

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