The Malaysian butterflies gallery on this page show-cases only a few of the more than a thousand species of the beautiful butterflies of Malaysia.
I do hope to add more images to this gallery from time to time.
Well, butterflies are divided by the specialists into two superfamilies.
They are the Papilionoidea (the Butterflies Proper) and Hesperioidea (Skippers).
These are further sub-divided into families and sub-families.
The families are those with names ending with "idae", while the sub-families have names ending with "inae".
There are four families of the Butterflies Proper, ie., Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae and Lycaenidae.
The Skippers have only one family known as Hesperiidae.
The families, as mentioned, have sub-families with many species, although some sub-families may not be found in the country.
Browse here for books, field and photographic guides on the butterflies of Malaysia.
This little gallery is just to show the beauty and range of the wonderful butterflies found in Malaysia. They are not arranged into any order of families, and I have listed their common names together with their scientific names.
|Plain Lacewing (Cethosia penthesilea methypsea)||Plain Lacewing with open wings|
|Chocolate Pansy (Junonia hedonia ida)||Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya wallacei)|
|Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites atlites)||Peacock Pansy (Junonia almana javana)|
|Tawny Coster (Acraea violae)||Cruiser (Vindula dejone erotella)|
|Club Silverline (Spindasis syama terana)||Banded Yeoman (Cirrochra orissa orissa)|
|Rustic (Cupha erymanthis lotis)||Common Imperial (Cheritra freja frigga)|
|Centaur Oakblue (Arhopala centaurus nakula)||Commander (Moduza procris milonia)|
|Malayan Bush Brown (Mycalesis fusca fusca)||Horsfield's Baron (Tanaecia iapis puseda)|
|Common Jay (Graphium doson evemonides)||The Grass Demon (Udaspes folus)|
|The Baron (Euthalia aconthea gurda)||Orange Gull (Cepora iudith malaya)|
|Great Mormon butterfly (Papilio memnon agenor)||Peablue (male) (Lampides boeticus)|
|The Malay Viscount butterfly (Tanaecia pelea pelea)||Eurema andersonii andersonii|
|Lime butterfly (Papilio demoleus malayanus)||Lime butterfly with open wings|
|Black Veined Tiger butterfly (Danaus melanippus hegesippus)||Black Veined Tiger butterfly with open wings|
|Mottled Emigrant (Catopsilia pyranthe pyranthe)||Chocolate Albatross (Appias lyncida vasava)|
|Danaidae euploea||Common Palmfly (Elymnias hypermnestra agina)|
|Cycad Blue (Chilades pandava pandava)||Yamfly (Loxura atymnus fuconius)|
|Chocolate Demon (Ancistroides nigrita maura)||Chocolate Grass Yellow (Eurema sari sodalis)|
|Common Bush Brown (Mycalesis janardana sagittigera)||Common Five Ring (Ypthima baldus newboldi)|
|Common Four Ring (Ypthima huebneri)||Common Sailor (Neptis hylas papaja)|
|Great Egg Fly (male) (Hypolimnas bolina bolina)||Lesser Dart (Potanthus omaha omaha)|
|Lesser Grass Blue (Zizina otis lampa)||Nigger (Orsotriaena medus cinerea)|
|Dark Brand Bush Brown (Mycalesis mineus macromalayana )||Palm King (Amathusia phidippus phidippus)|
|Long Brand Bush Brown ( Mycalesis visala phamis)||Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris macrina)|
|Eurema simulatrix tecmessa||Pale Grass Blue (Zizeeria maha serica)|
|Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete metarete)||Copper Flash (Rapala pheretima)|
|Striped Albatross (female) (Appias libythea olferna)||Striped Albatross (Appias libythea olferna)|
|Lemon Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona pomona)||Common Mormon (Papilio polytes romulus)|
|Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus chrysippus)||Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus chrysippus) with wings closed|
|Malayan Lascar (Lasippa tiga siaka)||Red Base Jezebel (Delias pasithoe parthenope)|
|Chocolate Sailor (Neptis harita harita)||Colour Sergeant (Athyma nefte subrata)|
|Harlequin (Taxila haquinus haquinus)||Psyche (Leptosia nina malayana)|
|Dark Posy (Drupudia theda thesmia)||Dark Posy (with open wings)|
Do your best to help conserve and preserve our precious environment.
We hope you've enjoyed this butterflies of Malaysia gallery.
Do look out for these small gems whenever you come to Malaysia.They are everywhere.
But don't forget to do your part, however small, to help preserve our environment for future generations.
Well, enjoy the flutter of the Malaysian butterflies.
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