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.
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 🙂
I understand that the species is mostly reported from India
This is about three cute little butterflies in my garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.