Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Butterflies And Damselflies

In April I was lucky to see this beautiful butterfly at the
bottom of my parents' garden. But the shot with my zoom-user-
unfriendly-camera yielded this result. Although the internet
says that the Redbreast Jezebel is commonly seen in gardens,
this was my first sighting.

One needs to have the jezebel spirit ( a deviation from the
dictionary meaning; I'm using the term to mean 'intrepid')
to venture out in the garden. Especially being at the bottom
of the garden in the rainy season, is no mean feat:) Weeds
grow faster than in any season and leeches and snakes abound!
My nephew told me that there were many colourful snakes
in the garden. It gives me the shudders just thinking about
seeing them from close quarters!

I carried a stout stick and 'brandished' it on the tall grass
as I made a way through that luxuriant weed but then I didn't
want to scare the butterflies away either. No luck with the
Jezebels but here's what I got.

I hope you've enjoyed going through the photos. I'll be going back
to blooms in my next post.


Anonymous said...

Seeing those were a first for me, Thanks.

Randy Emmitt said...


Be careful with those colorful snakes! Those satyrs with the creamy streak and eye spots are way cool.

Susie said...

I always enjoy seeing what little critters you've captured in photos Kanak.

walk2write said...

I guess with snakes in the garden you don't want to "walk softly and carry a big stick." You want to make as much noise as possible to give them fair warning! A diplomatic stance simply does not work with snakes. Those butterflies with the eye spots remind me of the blue morpho ones I saw at the natural history museum. Are they real colorful with their wings open?

islandgal246 said...

Kanak you are a brave one! Snakes yikes!! Lovely shots and I know the zoom thing with the camera, so I bought a larger zoom (12x optical) one to capture things a good distance away. I would love to get one of those SLR's the professional ones but can't afford them.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kanak, What wonderful photos you have shared today and how brave you were to get these pictures. I thought of you this morning; I saw the brightest red bug I've ever seen near our butterfly bushes. Of course, I did not have the camera!

Prospero said...

Sorry to hear that you are, at times, wrestling with your camera - but these butterfly and little critter pictures sure make all the fuss worth while.

One great thing about Bermuda, some find, is that there are no snakes!

Gail said...

Wonderful capture! Insects are so amazing.

Stephanie said...

Wow new kind of butterflies again ;-) The first butterfly, very lovely. And that dragonfly looks like it is made of metal he he... have a great day Kanak!

NatureStop said...

What beautiful butterflies Kanak.They really spread happiness:)You ahve captured them so well.We no longer see them here.Maybe cos' of the heat!You must be really busy with the construction work:)


rocksea said...

Good website, good photographs, terra farmer. Trying to identify the subjects in the article will add much more depth, I feel. There are some websites (eg: Krushnamegh Kunte's website on butterflies)and email groups (eg: ButterflyIndia yahoo groups) which can help in this.

Thanks for the treat, it is refreshing to see nature all around!!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Donna, thank you for stopping by.

Randy, thanks for the advice. Glad you liked the satyrs-- I wasn't too sure about the names!

Susie, thanks. This means so much to me!

W2W, there's no colour at all with the wings open but the spots can be eye-catching! You're right about the diplomatic stance regarding snakes.

Hi Helen, too expensive for me too! Glad you liked the shots. Had I not been into blogging I'd never have thought about walking on that grass....oooh gives me the creeps thinking about it!!!

Oh Mildred! That bug sounds wonderful. And red too! I hope it shows up again some time:)

Prospero, how lucky! I'm so used to looking to see whether they're lurking in some corner!!

Gail, oh yes!!!!

Steph, no colours like the Jezebel but I have developed a fondness for the brown ones with those lovely spots!

Ruby, the 'dhalai' got over on Sunday so for the next twenty days or so there's a break before work resumes. I took a lot of photos at Haflong. One only has to step out of the house to see the wonders of nature!

In every visit I think---this is the best season! Flowers on the wayside blooming away to glory!Still trying to find out the names. I think I've posted enough stuff without the IDs:)

Rocksea, thank you so much! While googling K.Kunte I stumbled on to a site I liked. All butterflies and prakriti! Would love to label all but it takes a lot of time. Will keep your comment in mind.

HelenJ said...

Lovely photos as always. The eyes on the wings are just fantastic!
Inspired by you, I have tried to shoot some butterflies too, but my pictures are not as pretty as yours...

easygardener said...

I like the two pictures of the grey butterfly. The pattern on the edges of its wings looks particularly beautiful. No pictures of snakes then :-)

rocksea said...

yes kanak, it is quite a task and takes a lot of time to identify some... may be more time than observing them and taking photographs :)

Kanak Hagjer said...

Helen, that's great! I'd love to see them:)

EG, glad I couldn't see them!! On second thoughts, maybe I could've tried a shot, if they did appear!

Rocksea, true. And mostly, the wanting to share, is much more than the need to identify!

ConsciousGardener said...

What a gorgeous pattern on that butterfly...I'd love to know it's name!

Sue said...

I am enjoying seeing others' butterflies since I'm not seeing many here. There have been some the last several days, so maybe there will be more soon. I sure like yours!