What do you think about these books ? Are they ok to identify most of leps from Indonesia and Thailand ?
I won't say what I think of these books - they're by D'Abrera - need I say more? However if you just want to try to identify everything and you don't mind outdated classification along with a few mistakes and omissions, there's probably nothing else and you could do a reasonable job with it.
A word of warning on Indonesia; the Oriental region volumes only include western Indonesia. The Moluccas, Buru, Timor and all points east are in the Australian volume.
Post by wingedwishes on Nov 29, 2011 9:55:27 GMT -8
A guess is that when someone wants to collect a series - they would get the first one first. This makes the subsequent ones last and most available.
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For the precise identification of the butterflies in Indonesia and Thailand, I recommend the following books. All books are written in English, very helpful for you.
[Indonesia] TSUKADA, "Butterflies of the Southeast Asian Islands" series Vol.1-5 - This huge volumes covering Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nympahlidae and Danaidae from almost all species in Indonesia up to subspecies level. Unfortunately Lycaenidae and Hesperidae are not published. English versions were also published and you may find them in some book seller in Europe. (But I think they are not so cheap!) Or visit the libraries of the museum like NHM.
[Thailand] Ek-Amunay (2006), "Butterflies of Thailand" - Very useful covering all families with full-color figures. But unfortunately including quite a few misidentifications and doubtful data. So some Japanese experts published the correction of this book.
Kimura et al. (2011), "The Butterflies of Thailand" vol.1 - Very recently published. This volume covers Hesperidae, Papilionidae and Pieridae. This book includes the complete synonimic list of all the species illustrated. Great work! Short book review is available from the following URL; bsj.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2012-01-25
I do hope my comment is useful for you. Many Japanese butterfly enthusiasts are interested in butterflies of Indonesia and Thailand.