Butterfly Watching in Malaysia (April 2012)

During the Singapore trip in 2011, we met some friends from the Butterfly Circle.  They just returned from Malaysia and showed us some great pictures.  We then started to plan for the Malaysia trip.

Bukit Fraser (Fraser’s Hill)

We picked Bukit Fraser as our first station.  It was situated at about 1000m above sea level.  Unfortunately, it may be too early to visit the place during Easter.  It was still quite cool.  What’s worse, the weather was not good.  Despite wrong season and bad weather, we were still able to spot some interesting butterflies.

Poritia hewitsoni

Ipoh and Cameron Highland

Ipoh was one of the major cities in Malaysia.  Around the region, there are quite a number of waterfalls and hot springs.  Raja Brooke’s Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana), the national butterfly of Malaysia, can be found easily.

“Gang of brothers”, a huge group of male Trogonoptera brookiana
Trogonoptera brookiana (female)

Apart from the birdwing butterflies, leeches are extremely common in the region.  The local tour information suggested that leeches were in “healthy population”.  You can be sure that you will be annoyed by these tiny creatures.

Leeches crawling around

Butterfly Watching in Mindanao, Philippine (Jan 2012)

During the Subic trip, Lydia introduced a famous eco-guide, Zardo, to me.  It was how we started planning the Mindanao trip during Chinese New Year.  During the Mindanao trip, we visited quite a number of butterfly spots around Bislig bay.

Unfortunately, the weather was not very good.  The vegetation was not as good as we thought either.  The forest around Bislig are mostly secondary forest.  While secondary forests may still be good for bird watching, secondary forests are deserts for butterfly watching.  There is still a major primary forest in the region.  It was a former forest reserve.  During our visit, we can see and hear active tree cutting activities.

Catapaecilma gracilis

Butterfly Watching in Subic Bay, Philippine (Oct 2011)

This year, my friend and I went to Subic Bay of Philippine.  There, we joined our friend, Lydia, the local expert in butterfly garden.  While the place was occupied as the naval base, the vegetation remained well preserved.

Butterfly watching in Subic Bay, Philippine

We spent most of the time in the area near the Zoobic Safari.


Green dragontail (Lamproptera meges) was commonly found in South Asia.  It was found along the roadside near Zoobic Safari.

Lamproptera meges

We were lucky enough to spot a few interesting species.  Horaga lefebvrei was one of my favourite.  It is endemic to Philippine.

Horaga lefebvrei

Opening of butterfly-photo.com

I am Arex Li, the owner of butterfly-photo.com.  As an enthusiast in butterfly watching, I have been taking photos of butterflies around the world.  I would like to share my experience in butterfly photography.

Many review sites or “star bloggers” may have given you some informative reviews and have taught you some useful skills.   However, practical butterfly photography in the wild is a different story.  While butterfly is a special topic, butterfly photography in the wild involves some specific skills.  Although we may still be using generic photographic equipment most of the time, we may use them in some different ways.  I am not saying those review sites or “star bloggers” are wrong.  I just want to present some different views based on practical butterfly photography in the wild.