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    Default Butterfly Sightings in Cambodia

    Recently I was on a trip to Cambodia for a charitable event but I took some opportunity to go outings in search of the butterflies in Kbal Spean & Angkor Wat, in the Siam Reap District on my free afternoons.

    On the first day, I visited Kbal Spean, an Angkorian era archaeological site on the southwest slopes of the Kulen Hills to the northeast of Siem Reap District. It is set deep in the jungle, more commonly known as the ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’, which means ‘bridgehead’. It is unfortunate that my visit there was not timely as the stream was totally dried up and I could not enjoy the spectacular cravings, supposedly with water flowing down the stream.



    Luckily, I had a good driver who willingly accompanied me all the way up to the cravings and helped me with the search for the butterflies along the way. He had some fun watching and helping me photographed the butterflies. Without him, I would not have reached the cravings where we had to walk through huge boulders and steep slopes.




    As the weather was hot and the stream totally dried up, I could not find many butterflies and only a few worth showing here. I would appreciate for my ID on the butterflies to be corrected (if any) as I understand the species names may differ in different countries.

    Common Pierrot (Castalius rosimon)


    Red Base Jezebel (Delias pasithoe pasithoe)


    Elbowed Pierrot (Caleta elna)


    Quaker (Neopithecops zalmora zalmora)


    Ciliate Blue (Anthene emolus)



    Although a disappointed butterfly outing day, it was a good visit to Kbal Spean to see the cravings of the 'Thousand Lingas'.😊

    Cheng Ai

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    Default More butterflies sightings!

    On the following free afternoon, I had the opportunity to go temples hopping around Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon Temple.
    Here are some of the butterflies sightings worth sharing.

    Common Wanderer (Pareronia anais).





    Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea)



    Common Tit (Hypolycaena erylus himavantus)



    Brown Awl (Badamia exclamationis)



    Chestnut Bob (Lambrix salsala salsala)



    Psyche (Leptosia nina)



    Seen around the school in Siam Reap.

    Common Redeye (Matapa aria)



    Cheng Ai
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    Default ID help, please!

    Interestingly, I found a variety of Melanitis leda around the grounds of Angkor Wat.









    Could Dr Seow please assist with the ID of the following species?

    (1)


    (2)


    (3)


    (4)


    (5)



    Thats all the butterflies I could share in the 2 short afternoon outings I had in Siam Reap. The one specie that I was most happy to have captured was the Common Wanderer, which is not an easy specie to shoot when I see them in Malaysia.


    Cheng Ai
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    Post 2.

    Although Yutaka list Pareronia anais as valid , most experts consider this a synonym of Pareronia hippia.
    http://ftp.funet.fi/index/Tree_of_li...nae/pareronia/

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    Post 3

    The dry season forms of Mycalesis are particularly difficult.

    1.is probably dsf Mycalesis perseus.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/sat/40660010.html
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...luri_ah846.jpg
    Similar
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...edec4c54-1.jpg

    2. Probably dsf M. perseoides.
    HW with dark irregular line as in M. perseoides.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/sat/40670001.html
    https://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycale...oides_60_2.jpg


    M. visala visala have pointed FW & dark line obscure.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/sat/40720001.html
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/sp...calesis-visala


    3. Unknown Junonia. Probably a form of J. iphita. No other similar species in Thailand.
    Not Pseudergolis weddah which have strong parallel bands.

    4. Athyma perius.

    5. Unknown Arhopala. The FW is hidden.
    HW tailless & no green scales.
    Appears closest to A. asinarus. Others similae spp. A. asopia, A aeeta.



    TL Seow: Cheers.
    Last edited by Psyche; 22-Jan-2020 at 12:52 AM.

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    Thanks again Dr Seow.

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