Category Archives: Butterflies

Birth of an elegant black beauty

A story of a nature transformation ….

It was just about three weeks back that I noticed four larva of genus papilos (swallow-tails) on the leaves of a small lime tree. For me, it has been an expected observation since some time. I planted this small lime tree on a pot, in our little home garden, specifically to attract a butterfly targeting lime leaves as its larval food. I had an idea about what type might get attracted to lay eggs on it… I thought, one day a Lime butterfly would do it and i noticed one of them hanging around the garden couple of weeks back !

Having noticed the destiny of some other larva lived on nearby trees, I soon took the pot inside to save them from birds like yellow billed babblers. Then, I kept the pot near the door pane through which we welcome the morning sunshine everyday inside home.

Soon, in about one/two days, I realized these larva had accelerated the amount of take-in and made themselves bigger in days ! So it was their metabolism with the observations around the pot.

A bout four days later, they seemed not interested in having lime leaves anymore, but looking for a quiet place instead.

They neither seemed to want to rest on the same place.

Surprisingly, another day later, I found three of four have found their way up along the door pane. They had curled up in body shape and fixed themselves to the door-pane by tail end.

Interestingly, their nice greenish color had now turned into a light brownish color. It certainly looked like a dried leaf curled-up. No one would ever think that its a cocoon of a butterfly. Now I realize why i never get to see a cocoon of a butterfly so easily ….. Nature protects its assets in very strange ways….

With these clear signs of a major transformation happening, for this tiny little living thing, i waited curiously to see yet another nature’s wonderful product. However, I did not see any other sign to tell as to when I get to see them as butterflies !

Unlike the little time it took to become a bigger larva, the next step of the whole process seemed to be the longest, for it to become a butterfly…. yes, it is a major transformation indeed ! and big transformations does not happen overnight ….

About seven days later, I found a brand new big black butterfly perched on the sofa in our living room. Yay! finally it had arrived safe … For me, It looked like a brand new pair of black shoes !!! such a good black polished one …..

Imagine the happiness when I found another one upstairs later… yest another two to come….

Very quiet, taking grasp of its surrounding, intact with the senses ….. i felt so happy. Looking at it for sometime was like a meditation. It was not in a hurry at all.

After some hours, it seemed to have decided to see the outer world… First, it flew inside spacious living room and then naturally fled to the light coming through a window…and finally made its way up to the sky ! Freedom …… Wish it a safe journey for its hard earned precious life …..

Next day, the other two followed he same steps and made their way back to the nature….. to give back to the nature with gratitude !

It was a Common Mormon butterfly, the male version……. all four of them. My initial guess was wrong that I thought it should be the Lime Butterfly…but I’m happy anyway as a butterfly lover 🙂

‘Stylist polka dots’ – Red pierrots in the garden.

We have been observing a group of four Red Pierrots in our small home garden during the period from September to October 2020 (in Sri Lanka). They could be seen hanging around all the time during the day . Though they are still here at the time of writing this post 🙂 , I only get to see one or two of them now by mid November 2020.

Nevertheless, none of the butterflies seemed to stay this long as they happen to come and go mostly. But these few were special as they seemed to have decided to stay here for a while … wow….

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Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change — Museum of Zoology Blog

Researchers have discovered significant variations in the ability of different UK butterfly species to maintain a suitable body temperature. Species that rely most on finding a suitably shady location to keep cool are at the greatest risk of population decline. The results predict how climate change might impact butterfly communities, and will inform conservation strategies […]

Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change — Museum of Zoology Blog

oh… those sharp black eyes on grass…. a gaze you would not want to miss

We decided to visit grandma’s place around noon. After having a chitchat we came out to gaze around the garden. The garden was rich with some insect friendly – weeds and long grass. It is supposed to be undergo its routine cleaning by this weekend.

Seeing the long grass and those ‘weeds’ around were a good sign for me to be prepared with the camera. Here I go ! . shhh… be quiet please ….

The grass looked fresh after heavy usual rains in the evening. The land was blessed with sunshine patches here and there through some tall trees.

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Peacock Pansy (මයුර සදැසියා)

Location – Wewala, Piliyandala / captured around 10 am / May 2020

An orange colour butterfly with four black spots was noted at a bare land next to our block in the mid morning. We happened to see it by accident and haven’t noticed it before. Later we identified from a book that it was ‘Peacock Pansy’. It was flying closer to the ground and spent a rather long time around a bush. Only one of them was there at the time.