Pirdana distanti - Agava Skipper
This is a low light skipper butterfly. Best chance of seeing this iridescent beauty, is under the tree canopy and low down, early morning being best. The reflective quality of the wings will catch a beam of light and give its position away.
Skittish, but still approachable for a good shot.
Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields.
The genus Pirdana is endemic to the Oriental region and comprises of 4 known species, albicornis, hyela, distanti and fusca, the last of these being discovered as recently as 1983.
All Pirdana species have dark uppersides with a metallic bluish-green sheen, and golden-yellow scales around the tornus on the hindwings. Additionally they all have deep ruby eyes.
Pirdana distanti is found in West Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.