Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Malayan Owl, Neorina lowii neophyta (Fruhstorfer)

This is the largest malayan satyrid - it inhabits the dark undergrowth of undisturbed forest especially by streams. Locally common.

Habitat indicator
RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
UMN
MN






 x
 x
 x



Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)
2013
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct

S3
S3
S3





2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct




S1-3

S1-3S1-3
S2S3S3
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S3





S1
S1

S3
S2

S3S11

2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S3(H)
S3(H)
S2S3
S1
S1S3







2017
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S3 
 S3
S1










2018
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec













I saw this one perched on the trunk of a tall tree, seemingly attracted to a climber plant that resembles a philodendron. I later saw three of them hovering the same spot for quite some time...possibly sipping saps that ooze from the bark of a wounded tree trunk.

I tried bating with over-ripe Pisang Rastali (actually to attract Nymphalids) but the Malayan Owl takes to the bait readily too...



A pristine specimen (perfect wings) darting on a sun-speckled palm leaf in the deep shades.

Another one resting on a Tacca leaf. This butterfly was not seen on April-May in the same locality.


Two photos of the butterfly (with and without flash) attracted by fruit bait taken on 27 May 2013 @ 10:16

Same butterfly resting on a leaf @ 11:21

09 March 2014 @ 12:08


Above 2 photos 13 July 2014 @ 10:49

25 Oct 2014 @ 13:20

23 Nov 2015 @ 14:21

Males do puddle on moist spots: 31 Jan 2016 @ 11;36

a female attracted to rotting fruits: 12 Feb 2016 @ 13:24

S2: 17 Mac 2016 @ 12:52

 11:00

 11:00

11:02

11:03
Above pictures of a male: 26 Feb 2017

18 mac 2017 @ 12:54

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