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    Default Another Arhopala for ID

    Spotted two Arhopala flying around a tree on a steep slope about 3-4m away from the forest trail. Due to the difficult terrain, I was not able to get any closer. The butts were displaying typical ovipositing behaviour on the leaves. I only managed a few decent distant shots at high ISO.

    Pic 1 shows the underside which has the typical markings for the cleander group of Arhopala; pics 2 and 3 show the upperside purple patches with rather unique "wavy" or "jagged" upper edge.

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    Horace, I know a guy in Germany who specialises in the Cleander group. (A nice easy interest!). Can I send the pics to him to get his opinion? I have my suspicions about this one, but I want to get confirmation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Painted Jezebel View Post
    Horace, I know a guy in Germany who specialises in the Cleander group. (A nice easy interest!). Can I send the pics to him to get his opinion? I have my suspicions about this one, but I want to get confirmation.
    Les, sure, do send the pics to the German expert.
    Any expert help we can get is very much appreciated.


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    OK, done. I am here lying myself open to getting it totaly wrong, again, but my suspicion is that it is the Singapore Oak Blue, Arhopala zambra. See C&P4 for comments on this.

    I will wait for Stefan's (my friend) comments.

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    To muddy the water further, I shot this today at the SLOP. Underwing marking almost same a what Horace shot and with blue upper too.

    Horace, was the particular guy you shot around the SLOP ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverstreak View Post
    Horace, was the particular guy you shot around the SLOP ?
    Yup, mine was shot at SLOP too.
    Looks like they were more willing to come nearer to you.


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    Horace ,

    This is the same species where I got confused with, in the other thread.

    I have encountered and shot them many times and know where they frequently hide out.

    Les,

    Thanks for the suggested ID of Singapore Oak Blue, Arhopala zambra, it does bear close resemblance to it .

    I have a shot of perhaps a male with the upper blue extending all the way to the fore wing costa.
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    Hi, wat r the arhopala's in the cleander grp in singapore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverstreak View Post
    Horace ,

    This is the same species where I got confused with, in the other thread.

    I have encountered and shot them many times and know where they frequently hide out.
    Great, I know the host plant at that location. We can compare notes next time we meet there. I also managed to locate the eggs laid on the leaves today. Another plant ID problem to add to the to-do-list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atronox View Post
    Hi, wat r the arhopala's in the cleander grp in singapore?
    At present, as far as I am aware, only Arhopala athada is on the Singapore list.

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