Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Butterfly Watching in West Papua

Here is a picture of Meadow Argus butterfly (Junonia villida) that I saw in the tropical jungle of Klasow valley. The valley is approximately 1.5 hours ride from Sorong city. There is a village in the middle of the jungle where I like to visit with tourists. I guide tourists to the valley to see tropical rainforest and to watch birds and butterflies.

Villagers in the jungle plant flowers around their houses. The flowers that bloom in the morning attract a lot of butterflies including Blue Mountain Swallowtail (Papilio ulysses), and Cruiser Butterfly (Vindula arsinoe) .

I personally do not have a field guide book for butterflies and insects of this vogelkop peninsula but by making several searches on the internet, I could identify some of them.
If you are interested in taking rainforest tour in West Papua to see butterflies and birds, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com. I will be happy to guide you in the jungle.