Malaysia & Borneo
A gallery of
photographs taken by Adrian Hoskins
( unless stated otherwise )
in West Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
this page you will find 82 images depicting a representative
selection of Malaysian
butterflies. Clicking on any of the
images below will take you to a page dedicated to that species,
describing it's lifecycle and behaviour, and illustrated with a
selection of full size images.
- World Species Index
common with most other butterflies in Malaysia, Borneo and Palawan, the habitats
of these species are severely endangered. Rainforest only remains on the steepest
mountainsides and at a small number of protected nature reserves.
Tragically, the huge areas of tropical rainforest which once covered the
lowlands of West Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak have been almost entirely cleared,
with only a few "islands" of original forest remaining, surrounded by vast oil
forests of Kalimantan ( Indonesian Borneo ) have suffered a
similar fate. What little forest remains is under severe threat, as
the protected status of nature reserves is being revoked to make way for
huge concession areas that will be logged and then obliterated and turned
into open cast coal mines, or cleared to make way for vast oil palm plantations to satisfy
the demand for bio-diesel fuel, vegetable oil and cosmetic products.
extent of the devastation is immense, and the consequences catastrophic, not
only for butterflies, but also for orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, hornbills,
and myriads of other mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects - our
natural heritage is being annihilated.
can help prevent further devastation - please lobby your governments, and
rainforest conservation organisations
who use on-line petitions and scientific evidence to apply pressure to
the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia to halt the devastation.