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Malay Red Harlequin

Paralaxita damajanti

Description:

'The Malay Red Harlequin is something of an enigma. Butterflies use brilliant colours for a variety of purposes - to attract the attention of potential mates, to advertise their unpalatability, or to confuse, startle or warn avian predators. They tend to occupy sunlit areas where their bright colours can be shown to their best advantage. Not so with this species, which is normally seen only as a silhouette in the shadowy undergrowth, and where it's flight is so quick and erratic that it is almost impossible to see where it has settled. ' from learnaboutbutterflies.com

Habitat:

tropical rainforest, 700m

Notes:

Just as the description said, I spotted this butterfly in the dark undergrowth along the trail in Maliau basin. Pretty sure about the ID but may be possibly another species.

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3 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Luis and Nayeli.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Nice!

Nayeli
Nayeli 7 years ago

Pretty pic!

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jan 30, 2014
Submitted on Aug 9, 2014

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