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    Default Arhopala major or amphimuta

    I initially labelled this as major but i think based on the shape of the "V" it should be amphimuta. Thoughts??

    Taken in USR

    Arhopala major major cropped - Copy-min.jpg
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    The V spot doesn't look very strongly angled to me actually... I think the upper 'arm' is slightly shorter.

    The other features are the size of discal spot in space 7 in relation to the space 6 and 7 postdiscal spots, and the dislocation of the postdiscal spots at vein 4. (correct me if I'm wrong!)

    From what I see, the discal spot 6 is very slightly smaller than the postdiscal spots 6 and 7, almost equal size. The postdiscal band also appears very slightly disconnected at vein 4. I would suggest it is A. major in that case, but all the features are barely there.
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    Agreed it is A. major.

    Here are examples of both species with upperside confirmation.

    1A. amphimuta ;V spot well-shaped; postdiscal band slightly dislocated at vein 4 ; HW space 7 middle spot often large.

    Same individual on same leaf. Note middle spot in space 7 small here.
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_yzw2AzY2du...la+-+TanCP.jpg
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_yzw2AzY2du...la+-+Jason.jpg

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-J9Xmngyim6...+amphimuta.jpg

    Malaya.
    http://web.fc2.com/jump/?url=http://...2P3013216q.jpg

    2. Arhopala major.; V spot with subequal arms, often distorted; HW postdiscal band dislocated at vein 4; HW middle spot in space 7 often smaller.
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...-2---Tan-C.jpg
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...20Tan%20CP.jpg

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nv4Rw9OCFh...en_wing_01.gif

    There are wide variations in A. major.Probably the commoner of the two.

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    Thanks Jon and Dr Seow. Wasn't sure how to interpret the markings forming the V
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    Seeking confirmation that this is Arhopala amphimuta; the post-discal band and "V" look different.

    amphimuta best cropped edited resized-min.jpg
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    Post 5.

    This fit the perfect Arhopala amphimuta.
    1. The 'V' spot have equal length arms.
    2. The postdiscal spots 2, 3, 4, & 5 above it are fairly well- aligned. (Not broken/dislocated strongly in the middle at vein 3.)
    3. Postdiscal spot 7 & discal spot 7 are equally large.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-J9Xmngyim6...+amphimuta.jpg


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    Thanks Dr Seow! I can finally appreciate their differences and now that i have both i no longer need to shoot either of them anymore
    Aaron Soh

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