Thursday, June 28, 2012

Winged Beauties for Nature Notes


The first insect that greeted me this morning was this stunning red dragonfly. This Fulvous Forest Skimmer is a common sight particularly in this season.
It had raining for the past week and I'm hoping to see more dragonflies in our area. Below is another dragonfly I hadn't photographed before.


A Grass Yellow on a gaillardia. The few blooms that I have are still attracting a fair number of butterflies. Below is a Lime butterfly. The Lime butterfly is said to be one of the most common and widely distributed swallowtails around the world. My current header picture is of the same kind of butterfly.

Lime butterfly/Papilio demoleus



The other day I saw a small winged insect on the wall. Thinking that it was a skipper, I took a series of shots with my phone camera. It was late afternoon and the light wasn't good. Imagine my surprise when I saw these colours jump at me on the computer screen later! I come across a lot of moths every year but this one is by far the most colourful that I have photographed in the vicinity of my house. The top right picture in the collage shows the moth with wings closed. Well, who'd have thought....?


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12 comments:

ShySongbird said...

Oh, my goodness! I thought the red one was a flower at first, what a stunner it is and the Grass Yellow looks beautiful on the Gaillardia!!

What a lovely, colourful post Kanak. The Swallowtail is gorgeous too! We have had so few sunny days here and so much rain that butterflies are few and far between,

I looked up your beautiful moth and think it is a Lily Moth Polytela gloriosae, wonderful colours!

Sylvia K said...

What delightful, colorful post indeed, Kanak! I do love your captures for the day! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

lotusleaf said...

It is a delight to see your colourful visitors and read about them! I couldn't access your blog all these days because my computer went on saying 'virus threat". I am glad it has allowed me to reach you today!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, the skimmer is beautiful and I love the the grass yellow is pretty and the swallowtail. Lovely visitors and photos.

Arati said...

oh wow that is quite a surprise. insects are fascinating creatures

Wendy said...

What lovely pics of the dragonflies and butterflies. I like the sweet yellow one the best.
Have a nice weekend.

Rambling Woods said...

You and I are so alike..I love to find these, take a photo and find out what they are...truly noting nature..Great post Kanak....Michelle

Nature Rambles said...

Jan....thank you so much for identifying this moth! I'm thrilled to learn its name. As for the gaillardias, I'm growing them after nearly thirty years. I'm happy to see so many pollinators on them.:)

Celeste said...

Wow that moth is a stunner I would love to find one of those, what a treasure. :)

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs. I am greeting

Caroline Gill said...

These are superb photos, Kanak. Those red dragonflies are particularly spectacular ... and the moth is quite extraordinary!

ShySongbird said...

Hi Kanak, Just a little concerned that you haven't posted recently. I hope all is well and that you are just enjoying a blogging break.