Langkawi Butterfly

Langkawi Butterfly

While development of the Island has sadly seen the depletion of rainforests and other associated vegetation on the Island for the last couple of years, it is very encouraging to note that there still remains rainforests from low to high elevation, coastal forests, mangroves, limestone outcrops and other habitats that continue to support the life cycle of these gorgeous creatures on Langkawi.There remains many more butterflies to be discovered or rediscovered on the Island and the butterfly enthusiast has many magical moments awaiting them in the field.Our resident Lepidopterist or butterfly guide will help you to identify the butterfly species encountered on our chosen nature paths and habitats where you will get to spot iconic Langkawi butterflies such as the Banded Peacock, Golden Birdwings, Common Rose, Black and White Helen,Pansies, Tigers , Crows Albatross, Grass Yellows , Palmfly, Oak Blues and other species on the island.

The best possible time to view butterflies in the tropics is between 9 am to just before midday. This is because butterflies being cold blooded animals need an average temperature of about 25-30 degrees Celsius in order for their muscles to warm up to be able to take flight.

At the hottest part of the day many butterflies often retreat to the tree tops or hide under leaves to conserve energy for the next flight though one may still observe certain butterflies flying in hot sunshine.

Our butterfly discovery tour is designed to guide any persons wishing to learn about Langkawi’s butterfly fauna and observe the creatures in its natural habitat. If you have only ever previously experienced tropical butterflies in an enclosed area such as a butterfly farm or garden, then perhaps this is your moment to embrace a truly open ‘garden’ of butterflies in their most wild state imaginable.

A typical day starts with an easy ride up to a selected habitat on the island depending on the butterfly season in Langkawi typically when the rainforest is in full bloom between December to May. You can still see butterflies at any time of the year even after rain provided there is sunshine. At the starting point of the selected location, it will be an easy walk on foot along designated paths in the midst of surrounding greenery .Our butterfly guide will assist you in the identifying of selected species of butterflies encountered on your walk. The walk with take about an hour and a half possibly two depending on the movement of the butterflies that day.

Rainforest Butterfly Walk

Location: Lubuk Semilang/Book Village

The walk in on a tarred road which dissects the rainforest creating a flight path for many types of butterflies of which are usually denizens of the forest. It allows us to observe many lovely and rather uncommonly seen butterflies such as Banded Peacocks a most gorgeous butterfly that is so rare on the Peninsular but relatively easier to spot in Langkawi.

Many scientists or entomologists round the world who know about this butterfly would certainly envy you for having seen this butterfly in your lifetime as they may not have had the opportunity you have unless they come to the Island. There are also equally fascinating butterflies like the Black and White Helens, the legendary Birdwings including the spectacular Golden Birdwings flying high in the canopy and occasionally coming down to a lower elevation for a close up view if you are lucky.

During our hot season you may be able to see a great number of Crow butterflies of various species. Langkawi is probably one of the easiest place to spot Crow butterflies in Malaysia to a certain degree of abundance compared to Peninsular Malaysia where it is quite scattered in distribution.

There are also Tigers no not the four legged ones, but butterflies so named like the magnificent big cat because of its tawny coloration and stripes on its wings resembling a tiger.

These are really interesting butterflies to observe because you will notice the almost lazy flight motion that hides a sinister fact that the butterflies are deadly to birds and other creatures that dare consume it. If a human decides to eat it kidney failure can occur as it contains toxic chemicals that were obtained during its caterpillar stage feeding on toxic plants! Don’t worry, though it is as harmless as a dove unless if you have it for lunch!!!

There are also ‘tasty’ butterflies to birds and our guide will show mimics of poisonous butterflies if it is encountered during the walk. Other butterflies to look out for are the Grass Yellows, Blue Bottles, Albatross, Great Mormon, Common Mormon, Swordtails, Sailors, Commanders, Knights, Barons, Common Palmfly, Oak Blues, Pansies, Banded Swallowtail, lime Butterfly, Common Rose,Bush Browns, Zebras and many more.

The idea is, come expecting the unexpected because there is no way of telling what butterflies might show up on the day of the walk!

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