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glennmanc

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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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ApusApus

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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.


Shane
 

glennmanc

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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.
 

Ficedula

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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?

#2 possibly Taxila
 

ApusApus

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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.


Shane
 

glennmanc

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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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ApusApus

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No.1 looks like another Mycalesis species but not sure which, no.2 possibly one of the Vagrans and no.3 a Notocrypta, possibly N. curvifascia, the Restricted Demon.


Shane
 

glennmanc

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A better fit is Abisara burnii
I see what you mean - the b/w spots on the rear wing are there (see black arrows on photo), plus the rear-wing bulge (the head/antennae are more or less the same as Taxila)- still pretty "washed-out" though (my other Abisara burnii photos have much more white markings). I assume the white wing edges are an artefact of the photo (?).
I'm sure 2 is Symbrenthia lilaea?
Yes, of course - The Jester usually shows its dramatic upperside, so I would never have guessed from the underside-only photos.

Thank you both for your help - no "lifers" for me this time, but very educational.
 

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