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Old Thursday 26th March 2020, 14:03   #1
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butterflies from VietNam

I've been struggling with these for weeks and have now given up trying to ID them myself using the internet. These first three are all from the DaLat area and the last from Mang Den (further north near Kon Tum). Can anyone give me a clue?
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No. 3 looks like one of the Mycalesis, possibly M. francisca, the Lilacine Bush Brown and no. 4 looks like one of the Arhopala, possibly A. centaurus nakula, the Centaur Oakblue.


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You are probably right about 3 Mycalesis and 4 Arhopala because they are ones that I've already seen in DaLat (so probably common). There are 18 Mycalesis spp and 52 (52!!) Arhopala spp known in VietNam, but I guess most of them are rare. No 1 is quite striking - do you think it might be Prioneris thestylis? I just don't know how variable these are.
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I've been struggling with these for weeks and have now given up trying to ID them myself using the internet. These first three are all from the DaLat area and the last from Mang Den (further north near Kon Tum). Can anyone give me a clue?
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You are probably right about 3 Mycalesis and 4 Arhopala because they are ones that I've already seen in DaLat (so probably common). There are 18 Mycalesis spp and 52 (52!!) Arhopala spp known in VietNam, but I guess most of them are rare. No 1 is quite striking - do you think it might be Prioneris thestylis? I just don't know how variable these are.
No, the underside markings are wrong! However, it could be Acraea issoria, the Yellow Coster, as its underside markings look very similar.


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No, the underside markings are wrong! However, it could be Acraea issoria, the Yellow Coster, as its underside markings look very similar.


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Yes, I see. The Yellow Coster is so obvious when you point it out. Also Taxila dora looks good if the wing pattern is very washed-out or bleached - the head and antennae fit. I've photographed both spp before in DaLat with much clearer pictures.
Would you mind having a look at a few more?
These 3 are all from much further north (Phong Nha/Cuc Phuong). They look a bit dull, but they are quite nicely patterned. No. 3 might be burying some white in the folded wings.
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