Moths Are Beautiful!

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Indian owlet moth (Spirama retorta)

Moths are as beautiful as butterflies, no doubt. There are so many colourful moths around that are even prettier than butterflies.

Today, I am sharing pictures of a few of my garden friends. They may not be colourful; my stress is on their designer wings.

Moths are generally nocturnal. These moths are photographed in my garden, in the evening hours,  resting on the wall or ground.

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A Noctuid Moth (Ischyja sp:)
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Geometer moth (Semiothisa emersaria)


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Noctuid Moth (Bastilla crameri)


Romantic Sunset!

Sun sets over River Periyar (Aluvapuzha)…. very romantic sunset indeed!

Watching the sunset along with your loved one can be a moment to cherish for ever… Enjoy these sunset pictures   🙂






A Beautiful Butterfly!

Sahyadri Yeoman

Here again, with a beautiful butterfly, Sahyadri Yeoman.

That is its name, scientifically known as Cirrochroa thais. They are plenty during the flowering seasons and mainly feed on nectar of Compositae flowers. They fly closer to the ground level and sit on the flower long enough to click a picture or two.

Larvae are spiny. Here you can see one hanging in air on a thread-like structure, almost like the silken thread of a cobweb. It was coming down from the overhanging branches of a tree.

The pupa also is spiny and gets attached to nooks and crevices.

Emerging from pupa
Did you notice, she is my Blog cover page girl! 🙂

Red and Black Bug

Brachytes bicolor Westwood

I am here after a long gap with a ‘friend from my garden’.

I spotted it (Brachytes bicolor Westwood) on my Asparagus plant stem. This is a creeper and has small thorns; the plant grows wild.

There was a colony of these pretty bugs on Asparagus stems, at the base slightly above the ground. Clicked a few shots of the bugs that were moving away from the colony. Within a month’s time they started disappearing. Waiting for the next season to meet them  🙂

Side view
This is an adult
A nymph of the bug

I understand that the species is mostly reported from India 

Cute Little Butterflies

This is about three cute little butterflies in my garden.

Red Pierrot

Let me start with the Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus). Striking colours while perching; may be 2-3 cm of wingspan. While taking wings the brown colour is visible with orange markings. Kalanchoe plants are the hosts for the larvae and invariably the plant is eaten up!

The other two butterflies, Common Grass Yellow (Eurema hecabe) and Small Grass Yellow (Eurema brigitta), look similar except the markings on the wings. While in flight, black border of the wings are visible. They also have a wingspan of 2- 3.5 cm.

These cuties fly close to the ground level.

Common Grass Yellow
Small Grass Yellow


Oriental Magpie-Robin

Oriental magpie robin

The oriental magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis) is a small song bird and one of my regular visitors. These black and white birds forage on the ground or perch conspicuously with the long tail that is held upright.

Here I am presenting a series of pictures clicked on my terrace. This handsome male bird was friendly and never perturbed by my presence.

After the bath he sang beautifully; might have been calling his mate. Female birds are similar with diluted black colour or grey and white coloured plumage.

I will present the pictures of the female another time.

A refreshing bath




Giant Redeye

Giant redeye butterfly

Its a butterfly; a resident of my garden.

Giant redeye butterflies (Gangara thyrsis) are dark chocolate brown in colour, with yellowish and reddish patches on the forewings. This is not very much visible in resting position.

The larvae look funny at certain stage, with cottony, thread-like outgrowths. If disturbed they may shed these waxy threads. They are voracious eaters of palm fronds and destroys my ornamental palm plants in no time!

Caterpillar pastes together the edges of the palm leaves to make a pupa (chrysalis) and this is a sort of waterproof chamber.

Pupa (Chrysalis)
After emerging from pupa… just flew on to the next plant

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Glory at Golden Gate!

These are the sunset scenes at Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

Generally it is difficult to get a clear view as Golden gate bridge is always covered in fog. The shots are taken from Berkeley Marina. Third picture shows Golden Gate Bridge.






Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bee

Carpenter bees are plenty when my Moringa tree (Moringa olefera) flowers and also when Golden shower tree (Cassia fistula) weighs down with flowers near my home.

The common name “Carpenter bee” derives from their nesting behavior; nearly all species burrow into soft plant material such as dead wood or bamboo. Nests can be also  found on wooden parts of buildings.

Xylocopa pubescens is a species of large carpenter bee commonly found in India and it needs warm climate.

Carpenter bees can be distinguished from Bumble bees with the absence of yellow hairy bands on the abdomen.

Foraging for pollen and nectar on Moringa flowers



Female carpenter bees



Grass Demon

Grass demon butterfly

Another misnomer for a cute little butterfly. This black and white beauty is a regular visitor of my garden. The wing colouration, I think, helps it sit undetected in the dappled light on bushes.

The Grass Demon (Udaspes folus) is a small butterfly found in India that belongs to the Skippers, or Hesperiidae family. It is regarded as an occasional pest of ginger and turmeric.

Being a bold one, my presence did not disturb it at all and went on with feeding nectar from Periwinkle flowers. This gave me ample opportunity  to click a few shots of it’s feeding stages.

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