Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Book On Butterflies





I first read about this book The Book Of Indian Butterflies on Arati's blog--Trees,Plants &More in mid January. Since my husband was in Delhi at that time on a work related trip, I told him to get the book for me. And soon, I had my prized copy! Not a day goes by when I don't refer to it. There's a wealth of information in this book by Isaac Kehimkar.

These are pictures of butterflies I had taken last year but I did not post the images as I didn't know their names. But I have been able to identify them now with the help of my book. The first is a Skipper and is called the Suffused Snow Flat/Tagiades gana. The other one is a Spotted Palmfly. The Common Palmfly butterfly is on my sidebar.
And all along I had thought that this was the Red Lacewing. But now I know it's the Leopard Lacewing/Cethosia cyane.  It's widely distributed throughout the northern areas (Uttaranchal to Bihar) and the Northeast, and Orissa. It's also found in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.

Sometimes names aren't all that important when we enjoy what we see and photograph. But with a book like this one, it becomes so much easier. I should soon be able to identify the many species that I regularly see in my area!:)

9 comments:

Randy Emmitt said...

Kanak,

Exciting to have such a book on butterflies. I hope it has lots of info on finding them as well. Never seen a flat there is a flat in south Texas, I missed it on my trip down there. I'm told they are attacked to light and perch upside down on state park bath house ceilings or eaves.

Cyren said...

Hey Kanak! Just thought you would like to know, the butterfly with the blue band on the lower portion of its wings is an Archduke butterfly! :D Also, great book!!! We have a copy of it in the university Library I think :)

Cyren said...

It's similar to the skipper in colouring but you can tell from its wing structure and shape that its not a skipper.

Arati said...

wonderful, glad you got it too.

Sylvia K said...

That's terrific that you were able to get the book!! I do love your photos of the butterflies, they are sooooo beautiful and colorful! Your header shot is amazing! Such detail! Love it! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

SandyCarlson said...

The patterns on their wings are very beautiful. Nature wields her brush magnificently. And thanks for the names!

Ginny said...

Oh how wonderful!!! It is tempting me to get a book on American butterflies!! I have taken a couple good pictures, but don't know what they are! You can even snap a book and still make it very pretty and artistic!! That does it, I'm off to the book store this week!!!

Cyren said...

Hi Kanak :)

It is an Archduke Butterfly.

Either lexias perdalis or lexias dirtea. If you can, you should google their larvae too. They look very interesting, almost like peacock feathers.

lotusleaf said...

Seems like an interesting book. I'll try to get it too. The author has written a book on Indian wild flowers too, which is also very informative.