Phitsanulok/Petchabun Provinces – 22/25 September 2013

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by lesday | No Comments

In late September, I took my first trip to the north of Thailand, visiting both National Parks in both Phitsanulok and Petchabun Provinces.

The first two days were spent in company with some friends from the SaveButterfly website, and they proved excellent hosts, knowing the Thung Salaeng Luang National Park (which approximately means Large Savanah) well.
Thung Salaeng Luang
With our friends help, we were able to see many species not found in the south of the Country, which has been my hunting ground up to now. Just a few of them can be seen below.

Pseudotajuria donatana donatana

Pseudotajuria donatana donatana – The Dawnas Royal

Coelites nothis nothis

Coelites nothis nothis – The Scarce Catseye

Dodona egeon egeon

Dodona deodata deodata – White Punch

Dichorragia nesimachus nesimachus

Dichorragia nesimachus nesimachus – The Constable

Ancema ctesia ctesia

Ancema ctesia ctesia – Bi-Spot Royal

On the third day, after saying goodbye to our friends who had to return to Bangkok, we headed off to Tad Mok National Park in Petchabun Province. Unfortunately, after heavy rains, we were not allowed to walk along the path to the waterfall. Nevertheless, there were still different, more forest orientated species, the area being particlarly rich in Athyma species.

Pseudergolis wedah wedah

Pseudergolis wedah wedah – The Tabby

Athyma species. Exact species is a matter of current debate. I believe that this is an undescribed subspecies of Athyma cama.

Athyma species. Exact species is a matter of current debate. I believe that this is an undescribed subspecies of Athyma cama.

Mimathyma ambica miranda

Mimathyma ambica miranda – Indian Purple Emperor

Our final day was to be spent at Phu Hin Rongkla National Park, our first venture into the montane area of Phitsanulok Province. The entrance to the park is at approximately 1650 metres, and climbs up to a maximum if 1800 metres. The road is heavily pockmarked which makes driving uncomfortable, particularly when driving through very heavy rain, which, unfortunatley we had to do. The heavens opened shortly after our arrival on the mountain, but we still were able to see a few species.IMG_1702

Acraea issoria sordice

Acraea issoria sordice – Yellow Coster

Neorina patria westwoodii

Neorina patria westwoodii – White Owl

Sumalia daraxa daraxa

Sumalia daraxa daraxa – Green Commadore

This was a lovely area at the edge of the main central rice plain of Thailand, and we hope to go back in April/May time, when we have been told that it should be possible to find a species of JungleQueen (Stichophthalma sp.), a species that is at the top of my ‘Want to See’ list.

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