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Malay Red Harlequin

Paralaxita damajanti


'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


tropical rainforest, 700m


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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dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Luis and Nayeli.

LuisStevens 7 years ago


Nayeli 7 years ago

Pretty pic!

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Sabah, Malaysia

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

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