Monday, December 21, 2009

Pocket Butterflies Singapore (Freeware)

Pocket Butterflies Singapore v1.1.0 (Freeware)
Pocket PC - Butterflies of Singapore
21 Dec 2009

Sample Screens


Requirements:
Pocket PC, All Win-Mobile, Dot.NET-CF 2.0, VGA, QVGA

Overview:
Pocket Butterflies Singapore is an easy to use butterfly identification guide. It covers about 280+ butterflies in Singapore. Pocket Butterflies Singapore allows you to identify a butterfly by sight, whether you are a dedicated butterfly watcher or you just wish to know what butterflies visit your garden.

What's New
Ver 1.1
- GPS output file found in data folder (\Internal Storage\PBSdata\GPS\) is now in Google Earth file format, double click the file from your desktop will open Google Earth & show the location (Placemark) directly.

Features:
* Covering 280 + Singapore Butterflies
* Choose a 'watching' location or view a specific butterfly group.
* Full customization of the butterfly lists with the build-in Editor.
* Software shows Butterfly Image (male, female, upperside, underside whenever available) and Text Info.
* View butterfly lists in Latin name order or A-Z sorted order.
* View butterfly names in common naming or scientific 'Latin' naming.
* Easy to use when walking or watching butterflies in the field. Finger friendly operation.
* Save your personal butterfly observation notes on each butterfly.
* Save GPS location of butterfly & view in Google Earth
* 60mb of data files are stored on your SD / Storage Card, only 0.85mb in internal memory.
* For Windows Mobile Pocket-PC(VGA) and Windows Laptop/Desktop PC (next release).
* 38 User-defined butterfly category lists available (28 are pre-defined as default).
* Butterfly comparison feature.
* Storage Card detection feature.
* Cleaner, easier to use interface.
* Alter the program's text size.
* Scrollable specimen image (next release)

Download
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PBS Program - PBS_110_VGA_PPC.CAB (VGA version - 480 x 640) - Download size 0.6 MB

PBS Program - PBS_110_QVGA_PPC.CAB (QVGA version - 240 x 320) - Download size 0.6 MB

PBS - Data Part 1 - Download size 24.3 MB (temporary not avail)

PBS - Data Part 2 - Download size17.9 MB
(temporary not avail)

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Early stage of Tagiades gana gana (Large Snow Flat)

Introduction

Tagiades gana gana (Large Snow Flat) is one of the commonest Flat found in Singapore & Peninsula Malaysia, and frequent the vicinities of forests.

In Singapore, this species feed on Dioscorea piscatorum, where the plant is wide spread from Peninsula Malaysia to Borneo. In Peninsula Malaysia, its also feeds on Dioscorea alata, D. glabra.

Early stage observation

Eggs are found singly on the upper surface of its host plant mature leaf, less than 1 m above group level. The larva make leaf shelter by cutting a small part of a leaf & folding it. The larva stays on the upperside of the shelter throughout 1 - 5 instar, even after changing the shelter when it grow bigger. Final instar larva reach about 35 mm in length. Pupation take place in the shelter, pupa length is about 22 mm. Pupa is greyish with pale orange-pink tint in color, and many dark brown spots. The pupa lacks the usual triangular white specks at the base & outer margin of forewing, make the identification easy.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Early stage of Junonia hedonia ida (Chocolate Pansy)

Chocolate Pansy is the most common pansy in Singapore.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Early stage of Junonia orithya wallacei (Blue Pansy)

Blue Pansy is the 2nd most common Pansy in Singapore and Peninsula Malaysia, they can usually be found on grassy patches in open areas.

The male is the prettier of the two sexes, where the hindwing is a bright blue with an orange-red subtornal ocellus. The female is brown on the upperside. The undersides of both sexes are a pale brown. Female with more blue at the hindwing has been reported & common in some regions like Australia.




Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Patial life history of Matapa druna

Matapa druna


The genus is represented from Sri Lanka and India to China, Sundaland, Philippines and Sulawesi. It's found in Malaysia but not Singapore.



The caterpilar is whitish, with orange head, and 2 black marking resembled eye. The host plant is bamboo sp. According to the earlier author, all the Matapa sp. are rare (except Matapa aria), all Matapa can be found in lowlands of Peninsula Malaysia.





The male of this species has an arcuate brand on the upperside forewing, which can be seen on the specimen below. The brand extending from the middle of vein 1b to below the base of space 3.




Acknowledgement:
ID corrected as pointed out by Dr. Seow TL, previously recorded as Matapa cresta



References:
  • The Butterflies of The Malay Peninsula, A.S. Corbet and H.M. Pendlebury, 4th Edition, Malayan Nature Society.

Early stage of Danaus chrysippus chrysippus (Plain Tiger)

The last tiger of the series, I have not come across the early stage of the other 2 tigers yet - Danaus genutia genutia (Common Tiger) & Danaus melanippus hegesippus (Black Veined Tiger) yet. Should not be too difficult to find them, at least I know where to find Common Tiger.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Early stage of Eurema hecabe contubernalis (Common Grass Yellow)

Early stage of Eurema brigitta senna (No brand Grass Yellow)

Early stage of Mycalesis perseoides



Acknowledgement: 
ID corrected as pointed out by Dr. Seow TL, previously recorded as M. mineus.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Early stage of Black Rose (Pachliopta aristolochiae antiphus)

The Black rose -- this subspecies (Pachliopta aristolochiae antiphus) was not recorded by the earlier author or researchers in Peninsular Malaysia & Singapore.

According to the record, in Singapore, it was first sighted some time back in 1995 by Steven Neo, who captured a specimen at Venus Drive. It was an all-black specimen, without the white hindwing markings. The red spots and abdomen were quite typical of the Common Rose ssp asteris but smaller or fewer with a slightly different shape.

Starting from year 2004, this species become a more commonly found "Common" Rose species in Singapore and more sighting has been reported since then.

Simon Chan from NSS Butterfly Interest Group first highlighted in the Nature news in Mar 2007 that, the Black Rose could be the Bornean subspecies antiphus and not the usual asteris.

While I'm not too sure who make the final decision that it's indeed the subspecies antiphus, I did manage to take the opportunity to collect an egg of this Black Rose & breed it to adulthood.

Host plant:
Family: Aristolochiaceae
Species: Aristolochia tagala



Thursday, July 2, 2009

Telicota colon stinga (Pale Palm Dart)

Telicota colon stinga (Pale Palm Dart) - latest re-discovery of Singapore butterfly

The genus Telicota is one of the challenging to identify and distinguish from the look-alike species in the group, and definitely not easy to identify from field shots. However, I'm pleased to announce the re-discovery of the Telicota colon stinga (Pale Palm Dart) and added it to the Singapore Butterfly observation list.

I bred this skipper 2 years back on Guinea Grass but not until recently, when I learnt how to dissect butterflies and make meaningful comparison. After careful investigations and seeking advice from Malaysia butterflies expert, Dr Laurence Kirton, it was confirmed that this skipper indeed a Telicota colon stinga.

Explanation of the ID keys



Life History

Caterpillar Host Plants: Panicum maximum (Guinea Grass)

Head view of 4th instar larva:



Head view of 5th instar larva




Male genitalia view





References:
The Butterflies of The Malay Peninsula, A.S. Corbet and H.M. Pendlebury, 4th Edition, Malayan Nature Society.
The Butterflies of Hong Kong, M. J. Basscombe, G. Johnston, F. S. Bascombe.
Hong Kong Butterflies, Philip Yik & Wing-leung Hui


Further reading: Telicota colon by Don Herbison-Evans








Photo courtesy of ©Federick Ho