Asia - Butterflies

On this page you will find pictures of butterflies photographed by me at Bali (Indonesia) and in China and Thailand.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name
in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Lesser Dart - Potanthus omaha omaha
  2. Common Cearulean - Jamides celeno
  3. Peacock Royal - Tajuria cippus maxentius
  4. Plains Cupid - Chilades pandava
  5. Straight Pierrot- Caleta roxus
  6. Common Tit - Hypolycaena erylus
  7. Fluffy Tit - Zeltus Amasa maximinianus
  8. Common Tiger - Danaus genutia
  9. Indian White Tiger - Danaus melanippus indicus
  10. Plain Tiger - Danaus chrysippus
  11. Chocolate Tiger - Parantica melaneus
  12. Blue Glassy Tiger - Ideopsis vulgaris
  13. Common Tree Nymph - Idea stolli
  14. Striped Blue Crow - Euploea mulciber barsine
  15. Common Crow - Euploea core
  16. Magpie Crow - Euploea radamanthus
  17. Common Sailor - Neptis hylas
  18. Blackvein Sergeant - Athyma ranga
  19. Malay Viscount - Tanaecia pelea pelea
  20. Horsfield's Baron - Tanaecia iapis
  21. Lavender Count - Tanaecia cocytus
  22. Palm King - Amathusia phidippus phidippus
  23. Common Faun - Faunis canens
  24. Pallid Faun - Melanocyma faunula
  25. Common Duffer - Discophora sondaica
  1. Danaid Eggfly - Hypolimnas misippus
  2. Commander - Moduza procris milonia
  3. Grey Pansy - Junonia atlites atlites
  4. Chocolate Pansy - Junonia hedonia
  5. Oriental Peacock Pansy - Junonia almana almana
  6. Peacock Pansy - Junonia almana javana
  7. Green Baron - Euthalia adonia
  8. Chestnut Palmfly - Elymnias obnubila
  9. Common Palmfly - Elymnias hypermnestra agina
  10. Tiger Palmfly - Elymnias nesaea hermia
  11. Bush Brown Butterfly sp. - Mycalesis janardana janardana
  12. Long Brand Bush Brown - Mycalesis visale phamis
  13. Common Three-ring - Ypthima pandocus
  14. Common Five-ring - Ypthima baldus
  15. Malayan Fivering - Ypthima nebulosa
  16. Smooth-eyed Bush Brown - Orsotriaena medus
  17. Satyrinae sp. - Erites argentina
  18. Red Helen - Papilio helenus
  19. Great Mormon - Papilio memnon alcanor
  20. Great Mormon - Papilio memnon agenor
  21. Common Blue Bottle - Graphium sarpedon
  22. Hill Grass Yellow - Eurema simulatrix tecmessa
  23. Three-Spot Grass Yellow - Eurema blanda blanda
  24. Julia Butterfly - Dryas iulia
  25. Painted Jezebel - Delias hyparete indica
Lesser Dart
Potanthus omaha omaha
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011
Common Cearulean
Jamides celeno
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
13 October 2011
Peacock Royal
Tajuria cippus maxentius
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
3 February 2013
Plains Cupid
Chilades pandava
Klong Muang Beach, Krabi, Thailand
20 January 2013
Straight Pierrot
Caleta roxus
Erawan National Park, Thailand
20 December 2009
Common Tit
Hypolycaena erylus
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
31 December 2009
Fluffy Tit
Zeltus amasa maximinianus
Koh Chang, Thailand
5 January 2010
Common Tiger.
Danaus genutia
Koh Chang, Thailand
4 January 2010

Indian White Tiger
Danaus melanippus indicus
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
3 February 2013

Danaus melanippus is a distant cousin of the famous Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus).
Danaus melanippus can usually be found near coastal and mangrove areas.
This species is often confused with the Common Tiger (Danaus genutia) which is resembles, but can be distinguished by the white hindwings. In addition, the broad submarginal black band in Danaus melanippus is broader than the one in Danaus genutia.

Plain Tiger
Danaus chrysippus
Kuta area, Bali, Indonesia
11 October 2011
Chocolate Tiger
Parantica melaneus
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
31 December 2009

Blue Glassy Tiger
Ideopsis vulgaris)
Khao Sok NP, Thiland
23 January 2013

A transverse black bar in the forewing cell, cutting through one of the white streaks, distinguishes the Blue Glassy Tiger from the Dark Glassy Tiger (Parantica agleoides).

Common Tree Nymph
Idea stolli
Mount Batukaru Rainforest, Bali, Indonesia
18 October 2011
Striped Blue Crow
Euploea mulciber barsine
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011

Common Crow
Euploea core
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
31 December 2009

This species is quite difficult to identify since Euploea core is a quite variable species. The double row of white spots on the back of the forewing are not always present (like on my photo). However, it has almost always the double row of white spots on the edge of the back of the hindwing whereby the inner spots are more oval than the spots on the outer row (clearly visible on my photo).

Magpie Crow
Euploea radamanthus
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
30 December 2009
Common Sailor
Neptis hylas
Chiang Mai area, Thailand
25 December 2009
Blackvein Sergeant
Athyma ranga
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
31 December 2009
Malay Viscount
Tanaecia pelea pelea
Mount Batukaru area, Bali, Indonesia
18 October 2011

Horsfield's Baron
Tanaecia iapis
Khao Phanombencha NP, Krabi, Thailand
31 January 2013

The Horsfield's Baron is dimorphic, in that the male has a velvety black upperside with a broad bright blue marginal border on the hindwings. The female is pale greyish ochreous brown and is often confused with Tanaecia pelea (Malay Viscount; see previous photo) or one of the Euthalia species.

Lavender Count
Tanaecia cocytus
Khao Sok NP, Thailand
23 January 2013

Palm King
Amathusia phidippus phidippus
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
13 October 2011

Common Faun
Faunis canens
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011

Pallid Faun
Melanocyma faunula
Khao Phanom Bencha NP, Krabi, Thailand
31 January 2013

The Pallid Faun is a fairly large butterfly, with a wingspan of about 90 mm. This species breeds in primary rainforest.

Common Duffer
Discophora sondaica
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011

Danaid Eggfly
Hypolimnas misippus
Koh Samet, Thailand
17 December 2009

Commander
Moduza procris milonia
Koh Chang, Thailand
5 January 2010
Grey Pansy
Junonia atlites atlites
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
13 October 2011
Chocolate Pansy
Junonia hedonia
Mount Batukaru area, Bali, Indonesia
18 October 2011

Oriental Peacock Pansy
Junonia almana almana (female)
Klong Muang, Krabi, Thailand
20 January 2013

This female looks quite worn out and is not as colourful as she should be (see next photo of the subspecies J. almana javana for comparison)

Peacock Pansy
Junonia almana javana
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
13 October 2011
Green Baron
Euthalia adonia
Kerobokan area, Bali, Indonesia
12 October 2011
Chestnut Palmfly
Elymnias obnubila
Koh Chang, Thailand
5 January 2010
Common Palmfly
Elymnias hypermnestra agina
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
13 October 2011
Tiger Palmfly.
Elymnias nesaea hermia
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
13 October 2011
Bush Brown Butterfly sp.
Mycalesis janardana janardana
Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, Mount Batukaru area, Bali, Indonesia
19 October 2011
Long Brand Bush Brown
Mycalesis visala phamis
Mount Batukaru area, Bali, Indonesia
18 October 2011

Common Three-ring
Ypthima pandocus
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
3 February 2013

The Ypthima genus (next three photos) within the Nymphalidae family is a very confusing genus and there is quite some incertainty among experts about the species and subspecies.The curious naming convention in this genus is based on the number of rings (or ocelli) found only on the hindwing of the species. However, counting them may also lead to some problems.

Common Five-ring
Ypthima baldus
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
3 February 2013
Malayan Five-ring
Ypthima nebulosa
Klong Muang, Krabi, Thailand
20 January 2013
Smooth-eyed Bush Brown
Orsotriaena medus
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011

Satyrinae sp.
Erites argentina
Khao Sok NP, Thailand
23 January 2013

Member of the family Nymphalidae, subfamily satyrinae.

Red Helen
Papilio helenus
Mount Batukaru area, Bali, Indonesia
18 October 2011

Great Mormon
Papilio memnon alcanor (female)
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
15 October 2011

The Papilio memnon butterfly is large (120 to 150 mm span).
Papilio memnon females are polymorphic and can take different forms, some of which have tails.
The female of the form Papilio memnon alcanor is tailed. The sides of the abdomen are yellow. The upperside of the forewing is greyish brown with black veins and streaks. The cell is red at the base.

Great Mormon
Papilio memnon agenor (male)
Cheow Lan Lake Jungle,
Khao Sok NP, Thailand
24 January 2013

Papilio memnon is a polymorphic species in which the female can take different forms, some of which have tails.
The male Papilio memnon agenor is tailless, above deep blue to black. It may or may not have red streak on the forewing at the base of the cell.

Common Blue Bottle
Graphium sarpedon
Koh Chang, Thailand
5 January 2010
Hill Grass Yellow
Eurema simulatrix tecmessa
Koh Chang, Thailand
5 January 2010
Three-Spot Grass Yellow
Eurema blanda blanda
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011

Julia Butterfly
Dryas iulia
Klong Muang Beach, Krabi, Thailand
22 January 2013

This is a male Julia Butterfly. Females are more brown orange than males, and they have more dark marks on top of the wings than males.
It is an invasive species in South-East Asia.

Painted Jezebel
Geschilderde Jezebel (Delias hyparete indica)
Koh Samet, Thailand
17 December 2009
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