I have spent many quiet afternoons at my sister’s place especially after the tragedy. Regular readers of this blog know that my brother-in-law suddenly passed away in July. With my little nephew asleep in the afternoons, the garden was where I spent my time. That’s an area richer than mine when it comes to butterflies and birds. The Ixora blooms attract several types of butterflies and one kind of butterfly that’s seen nearly everyday is this swallowtail, the Common Mormon/Papilio polytes.
But he wasn’t alone. The female butterfly (the one with the red markings) joined him and they fluttered and flitted for what seemed like an eternity.
The mating dance continues around the Ixora bush. And as suddenly as they had descended on it, they fly away to continue the show elsewhere.
In one quiet end of the garden these ringed ones find love. The satyrs, whether the three-ringed or the five-ringed ones, must be the most common butterflies in every garden.
One of the tiny Lycaenid butterflies perched on a leaf.
And in my yard, the Bush-brown rules! Look at this one even condescending to look into the camera as she maintains her balance on a bamboo pole!