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


Heo, Chong Chin and Marwi, Mohamed Abdullah and Abdullah, Wan Omar and Jeffery, John and Azirun, Mohd Sofian and Chen, Chee Dhang and Ishak, Ismarulyusda and Omar, Baharudin (2010) Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) associated with pig carrions in Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Health Science, 8 (1). pp. 1-4. ISSN 1675-8161; ESSN: 2289-4535


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.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Publisher: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Press
Keywords: Butterflies; Nymphalidae; Pig carcass; Forensic entomology; Malaysia
Depositing User: Raja Norazlinda Raja Azenam
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 06:37
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2015 06:16
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/13468
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