Yesterday, as I was out hanging the washing, this sight caught my eye. Perched on a Desert Rose plant in my backyard was this–The Common Mormon butterfly/Papilio polytes romulus. It’s not often that one comes across an opportunity like this. A photo-op of a swallowtail butterfly sitting still for minutes! If one converts that into butterfly time, it’s like for ever!
Most of the time that I see these swallowtails, they’re always on the move feeding on the blooms or looking for an appropriate place to lay their eggs. With all the eggs and caterpillars in various stages of change, not to mention the several chrysalis that I’ve photographed, I’d like to think that this one had just emerged from one of my plants! And that she was drying her wings before flitting off to a life of her own!
It’s heartening to know that this kind of butterfly is common and does not belong to the ‘threatened’ category. However, in my garden, not all the pupating butterflies have been able to emerge. There are other creatures out there that’s feasting on them, leaving an empty shell. Which was why I was so thrilled to see this swallowtail drying her wings (that’s what I’d like to think) in my backyard!