The beautiful butterflies of Malaysia can be found all year round, and with about 1,200 species found in the country, they add to a small but very colorful dot to the panorama and landscape of the country.
They are there, in the mornings and evenings, and especially after showers, and when the sun starts to shine.
And they are there not only during flowering seasons but also during the various fruiting seasons.
Well, you can find Malaysian butterflies in the gardens and urban parks, forest fringes, open habitats, and also in thick forests and jungle, in the highlands and lowlands. Because where there are trees and plants, butterflies will usually visit.
The rare species of Malaysian butterflies can mostly be observed in undisturbed forests where their food plants are in abundance -- in the protected rain-forests of the national and state parks, and forest reserves in the country.
The butterflies of Malaysia can be found
spread out intermittently in the lowlands, highlands, mangrove and
coastal areas and also in the urban locations, depending on the kinds of
food or food plants that they require.
Butterflies are insects, and they belong to the distinctive order known as Lepidoptera. While there are more than 140,000 species of Lepidoptera in the world, only 20,000 species are butterflies, the rest being moths. Malaysia has around 1,200 species of butterflies.
A butterfly's life-cycle comprises of egg (ovum), caterpillar (larva), pupa (chrysalis) and adult (imago). This process is known as metamorphosis. Some take a longer period in the various stages, and some live shorter lives than others. Some butterflies live only for a couple of weeks while some others live longer up to a couple of months.
And it will easier if you know the locations or habitat, the plants and
flowers, and the food that the particular butterflies like to eat.
And since there are so many of the butterfly species, butterfly watchers usually keep a record of the particular specie, specifying its colors, behavior, mating period, habitat, food, and even its time of appearance (morning, afternoon or evening). It is an educational as well as an enjoyable and rewarding pastime.
Go to this Malaysian Butterflies Gallery for some pictures of the common butterflies.
There are a few butterfly farms in the country that houses butterflies of Malaysia for visitors to see and enjoy. The first tropical butterfly farm in Malaysia (and also of the tropical world) and the most popular with local and foreign visitors, is the Penang Butterfly Farm opened in 1986. It has around four thousand butterflies with 120 different species flying in the compound. It is also a breeding center for butterflies.
Some flutter and bumble haphazardly through the air, some glide smoothly through the woods and flowers, and some just love to sunbathe!!
Butterflies, those wonderful and beautiful creatures of God, are what they are. They come in all sizes - big, medium and teeny-weeny ones. And all are such marvellous and incredible creatures to watch. Seems like God created these lovely creatures for us to relax, enjoy and be amazed by them.
But sadly, day by day, a number of the butterfly species become extinct due to many reasons, like loss and destruction of their natural habitat due to human development, and climatic and weather changes.
Future generations may not see or may never know of the existence of some of the wonderful butterfly species that we now have if we forget about conservation.Get the best books and field guides on the butterflies of Malaysia here.
As butterflies live a rather short life compared to humans, whenever the trees and plants where they lay their eggs and metamorphose are indiscriminately destroyed, they are greatly reduced in number.
And later these beautiful and gentle creatures may become extinct if we do not take proper steps to preserve the environment and the biosystems that support them.
So protect and care for our environment.
And enjoy the butterflies of Malaysia.
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