The Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus is closely related to the American Monarch. This variety is found in tropical and sub- tropical regions of the world, stretching from the Mediterranean areas to Africa, the Middle-east, the rest of Asia to Australia. Since last year I have attempted to photograph the Plain Tiger but only managed blurry shots on my Ixora bush. Standing in the hot afternoon sun yesterday,was worth it, I must say, as this stunning butterfly fed on the marigolds, flitting from flower to flower. I took countless shots hoping that it wouldn't fly away but as you can see from these photos, it was here for the long haul!!!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau