Moths & Butterflies 
INDO-MALAYAN Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest

Order Lepidoptera


Butterflies and moths feed on various things. Usually they take nectar from flowers, however, some species may also drink juice from fruit (as pictured above)...


...or even liquid from animal faeces.

Family Sphingidae: Hawk Moths

(Samarn Bird Camp, Thailand)

Pergesa acteus, 'Green Pergesa Hawk Moth'.

Superfamily Noctuoidea: including 'Owlet Moths', 'Fruit Piercers'

(sub) Family Erebidae

(Samarn Bird Camp, Thailand)

Erebus hieroglyphica, 'Owl Moth'.


Eudocima phalonia, 'Common Fruit-piercing Moth'.

Family Papilionidae 'Swallowtails'

Chinese Peacock (image by Damon Ramsey)(Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan)

Papilio bianor, 'Chinese Peacock'.

Paris Peacock Butterfly (image by Damon Ramsey)(Palau-U Waterfall, Thailand)

Papilio paris, 'Paris Peacock Butterfly'.  Widespread acrosss tropical Asia, from India to Java.

(Jigme Dorji, Bhutan)

Papilio rumanzovia, 'Scarlet Mormon', 'Red Mormon'.

(Subic Bay, Philippines)

Lamproptera meges.

Family Nymphalidae

(Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand)

Ideopsis vulgaris, 'Blue Glassy Tiger'.

(Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand)

Vindula dejone, 'Malay Cruiser'. Found throughout south-east Asia.

(Pala-u-waterfall, Thailand)

Cyrestis themire, 'Little Mapwing'. Found throughout south-east Asia.

(Kelani Kalani Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka)

Cirrochroa surya, 'Little Yeoman'. Found in south-east Asia.


Junonia atlites, 'Grey Pansy'. Found across Asia, from India, to China and across south-east Asia.

Moths to identify...

Moth that looks like dead leaf (image by Damon Ramsey)(Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia)

'Dead Leaf Moth'. But what is species?

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