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Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Sonam Dorji » Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:00 am

Hi Everyone,

I am a nature enthusiast from Bhutan. I have documenting butterfly diversity of Bhutan for quite a long time. I would like to share my pics and info of Butterfly diversity of Bhutan. Hope you all enjoy them.

rgds,
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yellow kaiser un.jpg
UN of yellow Kaiser. Zhemgang
yellow kaiser.jpg
Yellow Kaiser. Saw to of them and quite a large butterfly.
pallid faun.jpg
Pallid Faun. This species seems to appear from April to June.
abrota ganga.jpg
I got these pics recently in May from South-Central Bhutan, Zhemgang (district).

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Padfield » Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:03 am

Hi Sonam, and welcome. A lot of us at UK Butterflies are fascinated by world butterflies and we look forward to more of your postings. Beautiful butterflies.

You must be able to guess which species we really hope you will post some pictures of ... :D

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Tony Moore » Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:47 pm

Bhutan Glory???

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Padfield » Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:53 pm

Tony Moore wrote:Bhutan Glory???


The same. :D Something I've dreamt of seeing since I was a child.

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby bugboy » Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:34 pm

Padfield wrote:
Tony Moore wrote:Bhutan Glory???


The same. :D Something I've dreamt of seeing since I was a child.

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Sonam Dorji » Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:58 pm

Thanks all, I don't have a good pic of Bhutan Glory but will do so soon. They fly quite high. But it is quite common. They appear from August till mid October.

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby NickMorgan » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:00 pm

Welcome Sonam. Wow, what fantastic butterflies. Thank you for sharing them with us. I look forward to seeing more in the future.

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Chris Jackson » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:17 pm

Hi Sonam,
I thought I lived in a different world (South of France), but you live on a different planet. :D
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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Sonam Dorji » Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:30 pm

Thanks Nick n Chris. Will keep u all updated with pics n info

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Jack Harrison » Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:05 pm

Welcome from me in Scotland UK.

How popular is butterfly watching/photography in Bhutan?

Butterflies have become increasingly popular here since good digital cameras became available. Bird watching is probably more poplar - birding is a all-year activity whereas butterflies are most obvious only in summer. Of course many people follow both interests.

Bhutan Glory looks fantastic. For those like me who didn't know of this amazing butterfly, here is a link:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1kyyUJ6-y2s/V ... udlowi.png

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Sonam Dorji » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:00 pm

Hi Jack butterfly watching n photography is still at a nascent stage. It is better with people working in nature conservation in the govt but very less among the general public.
Birding is popular be coz of tourists.
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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Tony Moore » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:04 pm

Another picture of the stunning Bhutan Glory courtesy of a member of the Singapore Butterfly Circle (well worth a look on Facebook).

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Padfield » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:50 pm

If I'm not mistaken, Jack and Tony have pointed us at two different species of Bhutan Glory - B. ludlowi and B. lidderdalii respectively.

Back to you, Sonam! We look forward to pictures of any species, as well as any tales you have to tell about them.

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Sonam Dorji » Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:09 pm

Dear Padfeild,

What u said is true. There are two species of bhutanitis. Bhutan glory is b. liderdellai (sorry for the spelling) n the other one is b.ludlowi. The second was declared as the national butterfly of Bhutan 2011. This species is recorded from one area in Bhutan n is quite rare. It was thought to be found in Bhutan only but it has been seen in India n Myanmar recently. The other n actual Bhutan glory is common n found in western, central, eastern Bhutan. The ludlowi appears earlier than the lider... Appear around August end.

Sure, more pictures will follow. Right now am in a place where the net is slow n am unable to upload pics.
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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Sonam Dorji » Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:58 am

Hi everyone,

These are pics from my collections.

rgds,
Sonam
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B49A4000.jpg
Red lacewing, Common, Central Bhutan
dusky diadem.jpg
Dusky Diadem, common, Central Bhutan
sikkim freak UP.jpg
Sikkim Freak, March, Western Bhutan
Green sailer.jpg
Pale Green Sailer, Central Bhutan
B49A3972.jpg
Red-breast Jezebel, again quite common below 1500 masl
B49A3572.jpg
Golden Emperor, quite common

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Sonam Dorji » Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:12 am

Some more butterfly pics for Bhutan.
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Common Blue Apollo.jpg
Common Blue Apollo, a high altitude butterfly. Flight is real slow
Great spotted blue.jpg
Great Spotted Blue, western Bhutan, 2400 masl
Studded sergeant.jpg
Studded Sergeant
bhutan sergeant.jpg
Bhutan Sergeant, common below 1500 masl

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Sonam Dorji » Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:23 am

Additional pics from Bhutan
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Red-based jezebel.jpg
Red-base Jezebel
lime butterfly.jpg
Lime Butterfly, common, Central bhutan
Hockey stick sailer.jpg
Hockeystick Sailer, common, central bhutan
French Duke.jpg
French Duke, rare, Central Bhutan
Blue pansy.jpg
Blue Pansy, quite common
Black Forester UN.jpg
Black Forester, quite rare

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby bugboy » Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:28 am

Bhutan has suddenly shot up on my list of places I want to go!
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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Sonam Dorji » Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:29 am

Eastern Courtier, Commonly found.
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Eastern Courtier, commonly found

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Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Postby Sonam Dorji » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:24 pm

Trashiyangtse district lies in Eastern Bhutan close to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. This is the place where the Ludlow's Bhutan Glory was found again in 2011. During the survey, another species, Bhutan Treebrown was also found. The Ludlow's Bhutan Glory specimen was brought in UK by British Explorer Frank Ludlow in about 1938-1939 (date not exactly sure) and in 1942 was declared as the new species. I think the specimen is still there at NHM, London. This species B. ludlowi is locally called as Ludlow's Bhutan Glory and is often confused with the other species. B. Lidderdalii, which is the actual Bhutan Glory. I am told researchers have found a moth species that mimics Bhutan Glory.

This area is restricted as it lies close to the border. I have been exploring other parts of the place for almost five days. Rain is a great hindrance but when sun comes out, I rush out. The pictures (Great Blackvein and Pale Jezebel) posted below are very very commonly found and in large numbers.
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Lesser Punch, a little rarer than the above two
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Pale Jezebel, again anther common species.
B49A6695 (2).JPG
Bhutan Blackvein, very very common species here at this time of year it seems.


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