A common sight in my garden is to see a pair of brown wings and sometimes, gray wings, on the foliage. The more exotic and colourful butterflies make a quick stop-over but my brown ones are here to stay.
Although the Common Palmfly loves to be on the palm leaves or on the bamboo, it's very difficult to photograph them with the wings spread out. I found a dead one in my backyard and got this shot.
Otherwise I only get them like this. The two photos are of the males.
This is what a female looks like. It mimics the Common Tiger butterfly and in flight, looks very different from the male of the species. You can see a mating pair below.
And here are the ones with the rings! The names can be pretty confusing. The Common Five Ring, the Common Bush Brown, the Dark-Brand Bush Brown and the Common Evening Brown. The brown ones with the rings...does that ring a bell?! Brown girls in the ring tra la la la la.........!!! Enjoy going through the photos. The right names or not, it's wonderful to know that these brown beauties have made my garden their home.
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