Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Name the butterfly

Blue day moth (Dysphania palmyra)
Added later thanks to Bushana

The thicket looked white from a distance. The usual greenery was covered in a soft gossamer veil. Snow at last ! The hope lasted only a few blissful minutes till I got close enough (almost at arms length) to see the flowering vines entangled in the shrubs. (This happened to be one of the many blessings I discovered of being short sighted !) Name of this creeper with thorns is open for suggestions as I am not familiar with it.

The pair of butterflies were keenly sipping the nectar and was walking from flower to flower. The necessity of flight rarely presented as the bounty of blossoms made an uninterrupted trail.

The closest I could get on identifying this butterfly was the ‘Ceylon tree nymph’ which differed by the pattern of black blotches, the yellow marking seen on the lateral side of the thorax and the thick body. I guess I need help in identifying this one…

Monday, September 19, 2011


This one is called the Common Leopard (Phalanta phalantha). It is a common (true to it's name) butterfly known to love sun and avoid shade.

I was trying to concentrate on a white page crammed with words in boring black ink. It seemed as if the authors were strictly against having any illustrations or pictures in text books let alone a joke or two.

This fellow was not at all helping by fluttering around the Katu lovi (a tropical fruit) bush near my window. After a while of trying to concentrate I gave up the false pretense and headed out with my camera to capture this picture. The coconut palm made a peculiar background as strips of blue sky alternated with the parallel green leaves.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

After the rains...

The thunderstorm has passed and the sun is peeking through the clouds. The rays drip through the foliage on to the flowers and dance in the drops of water.

Till the next one comes.....

I'm so glad to see you all again.... hoping to recover my cramped mind soon :D