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    Was at MacRitchie reservoir the other day & happened to see some of these butterflies on the ground, hardly flying. Must have been attracted to some thing on the ground. Can anyone ID them?


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    Probably GanCW might be able to ID them.

    There's a local butterfly forum here:

    http://www.butterflypals.com/forums/
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    Hard to tell from the photo but if the ground is wet they could be sipping up minerals from it...butterflies often flock to things like wet mud, fruit, puddles of urine etc.

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    Those are some beautiful butterflies!
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    They're probably sucking up salt from the ground. I used to catch these butterflies when I was a kid. They fly real fast so we can't catch them with a net. We whacked them with a badminton racket instead.

    The silly/cruel things we do when we were kids but we didn't know better.

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    I found the identity of this species.

    http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/...ae/bluebot.htm

    Common Bluebottle
    Graphium sarpedon luctatius

    And yes, the ones you took the photo of were licking minerals from the ground.
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    if you go forest trekking and then strip off your t-shirt to expose your sweaty back, they will land and lick you too
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    Jianyang is right on. It is the Common Blue Bottle (Graphium sarpedon luctatius). There is a spot at MR which is attracting lots of butterflies and you will find ButterflyPals kaki there almost every weekend

    There was a butterfly population explosion in the last 2 months. I am sure you guys must have read about or see the giant Lyssa zampa all over Singapore !

    These are some butterfly shots taken recently at Malaysia :

    Graphium spp. puddling


    Graphium bathycles bathycloides


    Chocolate Albatross (Appias lyncida vasava)
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    Interesting! Choy, you must have tried it before. Did the butterflies faint after that?

    It seems like more people are into butterfly shooting these days .

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    Quote Originally Posted by turaco
    Interesting! Choy, you must have tried it before. Did the butterflies faint after that?
    got ah, when I went to climb Gunung Tahan in 1986. go to the riverside where there are lots of butterflies, strip off your t-shirt so your "aroma" can be noticed by the butterflies, and squat down so they will settle on your bare back

    and no, they didn't faint
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    For the butterfly nuts, what's these 2 moth species?

    This green moth was found near one of my green filter hoses. Apparently it was kind of like basking under the light near the hoses.



    This bugger was found struggling on a concrete floor of a corridor in my block of flats. Is this the atlas moth? It was huge.
    Image taken with my handphone's camera.

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    The 2nd one is Lyssa zampa. You can find lots of info on the web on this moth.
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    Gan, thanks for the reply. I was thinking that the bigger brown moth was the Lyssa zampa you mentioned in an earlier post.

    Anyway, got any ideas on the green moth? I'm still not sure what it is.
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