Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) associated with pig carrions in Malaysia

Heo, Chong Chin and Mohamad Abdullah Marwi, and John Jeffery, and Sofian-Azirun M, and Chen, Chee Dhang and Wan Omar Abdullah, and Ismarulyusda Ishak, and Baharudin Omar, (2010) Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) associated with pig carrions in Malaysia. Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia, 8 (1). pp. 1-4. ISSN 1675-8161

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An entomological study was conducted in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor, Malaysia in May until September 2007 revealing five species of butterflies (all from family Nymphalidae) were attracted to pig carcasses placed in an oil palm plantation. Euploea mulciber (Cramer 1777), Hypolimnas bolina (Linnaeus 1758), Elymnias hypermnestra (Linnaeus 1763), Mycalesis mineus (Linnaeus 1758) and Ypthima baldus (Fabricius 1775) came to the carcasses at different stages of decomposition. From this study, we know that nymphalid butterflies are attracted to carcasses but their roles are most probably unimportant in post-mortem estimation.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Butterflies; Nymphalidae; Pig carcass; Forensic entomology; Malaysia
Journal:Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia
ID Code:3657
Deposited By: Ms Nur Asyikin Lut Ahmad
Deposited On:07 Mar 2012 03:53
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:35

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