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    Default Butterfly Sightings in Northern Thailand in Oct 2018

    Thanks to Antonio for bringing me around for hunting/shooting butterflies from 10 - 16 Oct.
    This is my fourth trip with Antonio. Generally, the weather was reasonably good on most of the days but the number of butterflies and species we have seen in certain locations were not promising at all this year.

    I will be posting most of my shots here in the forum and update my blog later - I believe that the forum is much better than FB for deeper learning, documenting and discussion.

    Let me begin with some common species that are "problematic" for me to identify them with confidence.
    Feel free to correct me if there is a wrong id as I didn't and will not go through a very thorough check for the ids.

    1. Acytolepis puspa


    2. Monodontides musina musinoides


    3.Bothrinia chennelli celastroides


    4. Udara albocaeruleus Correction : Celastrina lavendularis
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    Uncle Federick, these are lovely shots!

    Trying to ID any of these similar "hedge-blue" species would leave me completely stumped, so (sometimes) I'm glad we only have one species in Singapore!
    cheers
    Jonathan
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    4 is Celastrina lavendularis.
    http://sjl.csie.chu.edu.tw/butterfli...9_IMG_1835.jpg

    U. albocaerulea is whiter & lacks the submarginal lunules.
    https://www.thaibutterflies.com/wp-c...bocaerulea.jpg


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    Thanks Dr Seow

    5.Petrelaea dana dana


    6.Prosotas pia marginata Correction : Prosotas bhutea


    7.Nacaduba berenice


    8.Nacaduba kurava


    9.Nacaduba angusta albida
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    Post 4.

    6. Prosotas bhutea.

    The two are very similar. However, if the FW is raised high enough there is no band below the midcell bar in P. bhutea.
    In P. pia the mid cell bar continue down into space 1b.
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...unte_aa900.jpg
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...unte_ai517.jpg
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...unte_ai937.jpg
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...unte_ai938.jpg

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    Thanks Dr Seow.

    10.Burara harisa - From three different locations on three different days. None of them looks like B. eltelka

    (a)
    (b)
    (c)

    11.Burara amara


    12. Choaspes sp - Another problematic species!

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    13. Gerosis bhagava bhagava


    14. Gerosis phisara phisara


    15. Tagiades menaka menaka


    16. Tagiades litigiosa litigiosa


    17. Tagiades gana meetana


    18. Celaenorrhinus aurivittatus cameroni?


    19. Mooreana trichoneura pralaya

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    no. 12 Choaspes benjaminii

    The 3 short-tailed Choaspes are almost impossible to separate from the underside.

    Choaspes benjaminii has smaller black spots (much so in Malaya) & the orange space inner & outer black marks are wide.
    http://dearlep.tw/images/Papilionoid...6_DSC_0036.jpg

    Choaspes xanthopogon. The orange space between the inner & outer black marks are narrow.
    https://
    http://www.thaibutterflies.com/wp-co...anthopogon.jpg
    http://v3.boldsystems.org/pics/HSPEC...1264341296.JPG
    Taiwan has only C. xanthopogon & benjaminii. In C xanthopogon the large 'spot' may be upturned at the end as here.
    https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8002/7...61f90ca3_b.jpg

    C. furcatus Practically identical to C. xanthopogon but large s'spot' always curved up ;in space 3 inner spot is 3X smaller than outer one; orange spacing typically wide.
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...1a_7/av115.jpg
    https://wingscales.com/content/record/3055-1-06b00.jpg

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    18. The two subspecies have been separated as different species.

    Celaenorrhinus aurivittatus .Band narrower paler , the lower end ending a bit higher on the termen.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/hes/90550001.html

    C. cameroni; Band wider deeper orange ,lower end nearer the tornus.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/hes/90550010.html

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    Dr Seow, many thanks for your elaborations.

    20(a). Pseudocoladenia dan fabia


    (b)
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    21. Sovia albipecta


    22. Halpe porus


    23. Halpe filda


    24. Halpe hauxwelli


    25. Taractrocera maevius


    256. Arnetta atkinsoni


    Note: Fewer skippers and lycaenids were seen puddling on the ground compared with my previous few outings in Chiang Mai - a major concern ?

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