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Old Friday 18th May 2007, 11:42   #1
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Butterflies from Bahrain

I took the linked pictures yesterday and today in Bahrain. If anyone can identify them I'd be grateful. Also the large yellowish butterfly seemed to be laying eggs, could anyone confirm this from the pictures.

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I reckon your first one is a Plain Tiger, Danaus chrysippus and the second to fourth a Lime Butterfly, Papilio demolius. The last is quite possibly egg-laying but I wouldn't swear to it!
I've got a copy of a book called, "Butterflies of Saudi Arabia and Its Neighbours", by Torben B. Larsen and published by Transworld Arabian Library, 1984, ISBN 0 905743 369, which you'd probably find useful if you can locate a copy somewhere in Saudi or Bahrain, though of course there may be a more up-to-date reference book available now.
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I reckon your first one is a Plain Tiger, Danaus chrysippus and the second to fourth a Lime Butterfly, Papilio demolius. The last is quite possibly egg-laying but I wouldn't swear to it!
I've got a copy of a book called, "Butterflies of Saudi Arabia and Its Neighbours", by Torben B. Larsen and published by Transworld Arabian Library, 1984, ISBN 0 905743 369, which you'd probably find useful if you can locate a copy somewhere in Saudi or Bahrain, though of course there may be a more up-to-date reference book available now.
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I completely agree with the IDs. Both species are widespread, Danaus chrysippus in Africa and Asia and Papilio demoleus in Asia and Australia. The latter lays its eggs on citrus trees. Do you have any idea what plant it was in the pictures? I once photographed the species in the middle of Hanoi in Vietnam (see http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...2/ppuser/46530 ). Took some time to get rid of the locals that wanted to sell me t-shirts, maps, oranges etc. before they let me take the picture...

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I completely agree with the IDs. Both species are widespread, Danaus chrysippus in Africa and Asia and Papilio demoleus in Asia and Australia. The latter lays its eggs on citrus trees. Do you have any idea what plant it was in the pictures? I once photographed the species in the middle of Hanoi in Vietnam (see http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...2/ppuser/46530 ). Took some time to get rid of the locals that wanted to sell me t-shirts, maps, oranges etc. before they let me take the picture...

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I think they were lemon trees. It was in a small fruit garden on the farm we go to for most of our bird photography.

Thanks for the confirmation on ID.

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