Although the Lime Butterfly/Papilio demolus is a common visitor to gardens here, photographing it isn't the easiest thing! A fast flier and never still, my attempts at getting a good picture wasn't really successful. Until yesterday.
Every day it feeds on the Ixora or the Pentas but yesterday it stayed still, not on a bloom, but on a green patch that covers the boundary wall. I couldn't believe my luck as I clicked away... The next four photos are from my earlier attempts.
This pretty butterfly is also known as---Lemon Butterfly, Chequered Swallowtail, and Small Citrus Butterfly. As the name suggests, its host plants are the citrus species. But in my yard it plunges straight into the Ixora or the Pentas.
Well, I can't resist showing off another photo!! Now I'd love to shoot this butterfly with open wings. It then looks like a different species altogether. Though how long this'll take, only time will tell.
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