This isn't the first time Mr. Rusty's here, but I managed to get closer shots after that post--hence three more photos.
Another blue-eyed bee came by and I could take only two shots before it flew away.
A resident of my yard hard at work, boring its new home on dead bamboo. Covered in bamboo shavings,this was the only time I saw a messy-looking bee.
A moth I found resting on a tree bark at the local zoo recently.
I had gone scouring the nurseries for more plants with fragrant blooms. My final stop was Dreamflower nursery. As I was looking around, I saw these butterflies on the Ixora.
The Common birdwing is Asia's largest and most beautiful butterfly. Also known as black and gold birdwing, these butterflies are as big as (smaller)birds.
It was indeed wonderful to see that flash of black and yellow fluttering over the Ixora. The pair was never still which is why I couldn't get better pictures. But seeing such a sight was indeed the highlight of the day!
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