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    Default Skipper ID help.

    Dr Seow,
    Could you help to ID these skippers.
    Thanks.

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    Leonard

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    I supposed both are Singaporean butterflies.

    They are female variants of Potanthus trachala.

    In P. trachala hindwing spot 5 (part of the band) juts outwards more than the others; spot 6 is exactly midway between spot 5 & spot 7 (compare P. serina.)
    On the forewing there is little overlap(actually none, only the extensions are touching.) between spot 3 (hidden) & spot 4; also hardly any overlap between spot 5 & spot 6 (part of the 3 subapical spots.)

    Usually the subapical spots are deeply notched (not in no.2 here.)

    Dark & blackish spots/shading not always present.

    TL Seow
    Last edited by Psyche; 17-Aug-2012 at 08:41 AM.

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    Hi Dr.Seow,
    Yes, both are taken in Singapore. Thanks for the id.

    Leonard

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    The hindwing underside of P. confucius is very similar to P. trachala.
    In trying to check for the variations in P. trachala, I came across one of Federick's shot taken in April at the Punggol Wasteland.

    This had been posted as P. trachala in Federick's skipper thread.
    Unfortunately I had thought it was correct at the time.

    This is P. confucius dushta male.
    The hindwing is rather like P. trachala.
    On the forewing. spot 4 widely overlaps spot 3 below it, and spot 5 widely overlaps spot 6 above it.
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/forum...1&d=1332683464

    TL Seow

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