Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia

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I would include the butterflies in the Insects, Reptiles and Primates page but after counting the possible butterflies that I could feature in this blog, I think it is better to start a page dedicated to butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia.  

There are some 160,000 species of moths in the world, compared to 17,500 species of butterflies. In the United States, there are nearly 11,000 species of moths. - Smithsonian Institution

Peninsular Malaysia has about 1,038 species of butterfly ( this is the figure I read from one of the article in PERHILITAN journal dated 2018). How many moth species? I have not actual number yet and I hope to update this soon. Do we have any endemic butterflies or moths? 

Genting Highlands at least 214 species recorded 

Take a look at the photos I have collected from my trips in Peninsular Malaysia. I hope you use this as a reference for identification. You can also enlarge the photo by clicking on it. There are some species which contains more than 1 photo, you can click on the numbers on the right side of each species photo.

Blue Jay

More photos of Blue Jay:


Lesser Dart

Bush Hopper

Dark Grass Brown / Smooth-eyed Bushbrown

Orsotriaena medus cinerea

Tawny Coster

Acraea terpsicore


Loxura atymnus

Indian Owlet-Moth

Spirama retorta

Common Grass Yellow

Eurema hecabe

Lesser Grass Blue

Zizina otis

Chestnut Bob

Iambrix salsala

Common Palmfly

Elymnias hypermnestra

Common Posy

Drupadia ravindra

Common Three Ring

Ypthima asterope

Forest Quaker

Pithecops corvus


Striped Albatross

More photos of Striped Albatross:


Long Banded Silverline

Cigaritis lohita













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Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia

Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia
Collection of photographs for reference.

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I'm a bird watcher, digiscoper, photographer and a licensed nature guide. Welcome to my 'A Malaysian Birder' blog. I will post my bird sightings and photographs on this blog. I started bird watching while studying in university. After graduating with a degree in forestry specializing in parks and recreation management, I have been attached to the parks and gardens industry. My past work experiences involve conducting environmental education program, bird watching and many more. When I go out to the field, I will usually have my Kowa 10x32 BDXD binocular, iPhone and Kowa TSN-501 spotting scope with me. This is the lightest setup for me as I prefer to go light these days. Although sometimes, I will (and I need to) take out my Nikon 10x42 Monarch binocular, Nikon ED82 spotting scope, Nikon1 V1 setup for specific targets.

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There are quite a number of birding groups from Australia, United States and United Kingdom that come over to Malaysia annually visiting the traditional key sites that include Kuala Selangor, Fraser's Hill and Taman Negara. There is not doubt that the 3 sites are the preferred birding sites in Peninsular Malaysia. So if you are coming over for birding and intend to hire a guide, you can send me an email at and go over to posting section to view photos and summary of trip reports with testimonials from past clients.

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