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.

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

  • 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.