Great Mormon Swallowtail

October 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

Great Mormon Swallowtail

The Great Mormon Swallowtail {Papilio memnon} photographed at Kipandi Butterfly Park.

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The Great Mormon Swallowtail { Papilio memnon } is a common South-Asian butterfly and is widely distributed in 13 subspecies (4 male and 9 female forms). This is a large butterfly with contrasting colors. The wingspan is 12 ~15 cm (4.7 ~ 5.9 inches).

The male never has a tail, and is deep blue to black. It may or may not have red streak on the forewing. The female may be tailed (alcanor) or tailess (butlerianus, polymnestoroides). The upperside forewing is ground colour sepia with greyish white streak. The upperside hindwing is blue-black with 5 to 7 yellow or white discal patches. It is polymorphic and with mimetic forms. ( Excellent information is available on Wikipedia.)

This photo was taken at the Kipandi Butterfly Park, 36 km from Kota Kinabalu. It shows a male fluttering and tugging at the lantana. The butterfly and flower were vibrating quite vigorously.

Some attempts at making digital batik. 😀
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ranger! who changed the colours?

October 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

ranger! who changed the colours?

Orangutan at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. {Fake autumn colours.}

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monkey’s cup {Nepenthes fusca / Nepenthes hurrelliana}

October 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

monkey's cup {Nepenthes fusca / Nepenthes hurrelliana}

I think this is the Nepenthes fusca, but it looks like Nepenthes hurrelliana too. Locally, the pitcher plant is loosely called monkey's cup.

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Tecomaria capensis {cape honeysuckle}

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

Tecomaria capensis {cape honeysuckle}

Tecomaria capensis {cape honeysuckle} at Tun Fuad Stephens Park, Kota Kinabalu.

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Here is a bees fight sequence, photographed at Tun Fuad Stephens Park, Kota Kinabalu.

Smaller bee zooms in on the intruder.

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Smaller bee ‘climb’ onto the intruder, preventing it from flying.

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Both bees drop away from the flower.

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The larger bee is released and flies away.

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Neurothemis fluctuans {Grasshawk dragonfly}

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

Neurothemis fluctuans {Grasshawk dragonfly}

Neurothemis fluctuans {Grasshawk dragonfly}

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Bulbophyllum dearei

October 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

 

Bulbophyllum dearei {Deare's Bulbophyllum} at Kipandi Butterfly Park.

Bulbophyllum dearei {Deare's Bulbophyllum} at Kipandi Butterfly Park.

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Bulbophyllum dearei is found in Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia and the Philippines. It has a large flower of about 7.5 cm (3 inches). For more information, please refer to Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia here

Neurothemis fluctuans {Grasshawk dragonfly}

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

Neurothemis fluctuans {Grasshawk dragonfly}

Neurothemis fluctuans {Grasshawk dragonfly}

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