Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Gray Hairstreak And A Blue-eyed Bee

"But(t)....wha...?!" Looking at this 'goggle-eyed' beauty
this could be the most likely response! I've never
photographed a butterfly from this angle. And watching it
as it criss-crossed the length and breadth of the Ixora
blooms, was a sheer delight. To get this shot, I gently
brought the branch towards me all the time praying it
wouldn't notice the slight change in location. If it
did, it showed no signs of being disturbed but went about
its business of feeding.

I clicked several times then left it alone. It was far
too busy to acknowledge me anyway:) Wish other butter-
flies would follow suit!

A few days ago, as I was weeding, I noticed a bee on a
bamboo stake. Initially, I didn't pay much attention as
it looked like a common carpenter bee and they usually
make a beeline for dead bamboo. I see them all the time.

But when it turned towards me...oh my, this wasn't the
usual one! It had blue eyes and a bit of yellow in front
and was bigger than the regular carpenter bees in my yard.
Well, weeding was forgotten!!

This year I've seen many kinds of bees but I haven't googled
bees as yet. The tons of dragonflies and butterflies are
keeping me very busy indeed!


Anonymous said...

What incredible detail in your pictures today. I enjoyed your post very much and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

tina said...

What an AWESOME photo of that butterfly! He really looks like he is talking with you. Hope more stop by for a chat too:)

Anonymous said...

Great photos. Yesterday, I tried with little luck to capture a black dragon fly looking but smaller with a bluish green body and solid black wings. I see him everyday but he doesn't stay lit long.

NatureStop said...

You have an eye for details:)You captured both beautifully.

Prospero said...

That first shot is really amazing. Those eyes! What charm these little insects provide. I can easily see why you dropped the weeding! Great shots.

HappyMouffetard said...

Wonderful photos - such an interesting shot of the butterfly, and hte bee is most unusual.

Mama said...

WOW Kanak these are incredible, such details of the butterfly and the beautiful blue eyes of the bee. The lxora blooms are beautiful what a vivid orange they are, I would forget weeding if I could take such amazing photographs lol, happy weekend, Kathy.

Stephanie said...

Hi Kanak, the butterfly was like starring at you... wonderful what you were doing :-) Btw, the orange ixora flower is so attractive too. Very good shot!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thank you all for your comments. Not knowing the exact name of the butterfly, I wrote the post title meaning the colour. I didn't mean the Gray Hairstreak/Strymon melinus. I should've found this out earlier before I posted. I hope you understand.

Wish you all a wonderful weekend!


walk2write said...

I know a lot of people are concerned with proper naming of insects, flowers, etc., but some of us just take pleasure in the objects themselves (include me in the latter group). When I saw the title of your post before clicking on it, I was thinking about the new gray hairstreak I saw in the mirror this morning! Lovely pics, Kanak. The bee is fascinating.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Kanak for your kind greeting for mine and Nalley's weekend. I googled your monsoon and read all about it and looked at pictures from last year.
Please take care and I wish you and your family a good weekend also.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Kanak, the bee has such pretty blue translucent wings. My what big eyes the butterfly has. Comical looking in fact.Pretty pictures as always.

Wendy said...

What amazing photos!!!!! Isn't it fun to discover new things? You've captured these little insects in such great detail. I've never even heard of a bee with blue eyes, or seen a butterfly at that angle. Wow!!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks W2W. The new gray hairstreak, lol! Of late I'm becoming obsessed with the right names and googling like mad! Maybe I should take it easy, and like you say, take pleasure in the objects themselves.

Thanks Mildred. Had it not been for the flooding, the monsoon season would always be welcome.

Thanks Lona. I think I'll be seeing a lot of these bees! One landed on the ground today and I got a close shot. It was making eyes at me!! :)

Wendy, it's more of insects than plants at the moment. So far May has been the busiest month as far as insect activity is concerned.

easygardener said...

Amazing how dull a butterfly can look with closed wings - a very good way of turning invisible. I like the bee too - what very blue eyes!

Blossom said...

Wow ... nice angle! I didn't know it was a butterfly - I thought it was some funny insect I've never come across ...
Nice work!

Carla said...

Do your bees nest in the your dead bamboo? LOVE the butterfly from the front!! Too cool:)

Kanak Hagjer said...

Easygardener, so true about the butterfly. As for the bee, I find it fascinating too. It's the first time such a bee has landed here.

Blossom, thank you so much!

Carla, the smaller bees do. They're busy making new homes now! Precision round holes on the bamboo.

Chandramouli S said...

Only after I began gardening did I begin appreciating the presence of dragonflies and bees! What a beautiful shot of the butterfly and the bee! Somehow the insects in your garden seem more at ease with your presence, don't they!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Chandramouli, sometimes I'm very lucky. But mostly I need to hover around them for a while so that they get used to my presence.

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Hahaha funny photo. The butterfly got a big eyes. lol

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