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Have you ever seen the Royal Assyrian? Really! You never heard of him? Well, this latest film in our World’s Butterflies series to come out on DVD includes a lovely close-up sequence of the remarkable Nymphaline with that name (aka Terinos terpander robertsia) with its startling blue-shot upperside, all set to music as it fans in the afternoon sun in one of Malaysia’s most lovely Parks, Mulu National Park in East Malaysia (Borneo).

Others wonders of Malaysia on this 40 minute transfer to DVD are the Tree nymphs of Penang Hill; some of the many Graphium swallowtails in the Taman Negara National Park; and of course Malaysia’s national butterfly,  Raja Brooke’s Birdwing – Troides brookiana - perhaps the most elegant and extraordinary of all Birdwings.

The film is also remarkable for having been almost all shot - in 1997 - in analogue Hi-8 video, and through a black-and white viewfinder. And for fans of true celluloid, all the 'Extras' on the disc were filmed in the 1980s in 16mm Kodachrome. As we enter the next visual revolution, the High Definition age – it’s lovely to see these older formats on the screen, now mediated by digitisation into the excellent DVD format.

The world of these butterflies is in danger. Malaysia has excellent National Parks where many of these species can be seen, and a very active Malaysian Nature Society But much of the Cameron Highlands will be lucky to survive as a forest butterfly location, with the improvements being made to highways and tourist resorts.

All over the world, butterflies are threatened by our passion for cheap holidays and commercial development.  Think of this film as an alternative to travel and sightseeing for the years ahead.
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 December 2010 15:07