Polytremis lubricans, The Contiguous Swift, Hesperiidae, Butterfly

The contiguous swift (Polytremis lubricans)

Polytremis lubricans lubricans or the contiguous swift is a common skipper butterfly in the lowland of Peninsular Malaysia. This small dark brown skipper is abundant on flowers in secondary jungle, grassland, villages and gardens in suburban areas. It is widely distributed throughout south and southeast Asia. There are many related skipper species having similar coloration and size, which cannot be readily classified from photographs.

Polytremis lubricans, The Contiguous Swift,  Hesperiidae, Butterfly

NIKON Coolpix E5700, 19.9 mm, 1/59 sec, F/3.8, ISO 100

A Polytremis lubricans feeding on Lantana camara flowers, Semenyih, Malaysia.

Polytremis lubricans, The Contiguous Swift,  Hesperiidae, Butterfly

NIKON D300, 105mm f/2.8 G VR, 1/125 sec, F/19, ISO 200, SB600 flash

A Polytremis lubricans resting on a Melastoma flower, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Polytremis lubricans, The Contiguous Swift,  Hesperiidae, Butterfly

NIKON D200, 105mm f/2.8 G VR, 1/250 sec, F/16, ISO 200, SB600 flash

A Polytremis lubricans feeding on a flower of Zinnia elegans, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Polytremis lubricans, The Contiguous Swift,  Hesperiidae, Butterfly

NIKON D200, 105mm f/2.8 G VR, 1/125 sec, F/22, ISO 200, SB600 flash

In the morning Polytremis lubricans can often be seen basking in the sun with wings partly opened.

Polytremis lubricans, The Contiguous Swift,  Hesperiidae, Butterfly

NIKON D200, 105mm f/2.8 G VR, 1/250 sec, F/22, ISO 200, SB600 flash

A close-up view of Polytremis lubricans, showing its large compound eyes, and a stout and hairy body.

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