Butterfly

Butterflies are frequent visitors to my garden in Bangalore.  I thought I would never get a photo of them, as I was just too slow to click.  But I’m pretty pleased with this one.

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If I knew anything about butterflies, I would be identifying this for you.  As I don’t, I’m going to guess that it is the Common Castor (Ariadne merione), for two reasons.

1.  The Common Castor is common in India – what are the chances of me spotting a rare one first time?

2.. The Common Castor is fond of resting on vegetation with its wings beating slowly (being kind to photographers).

But if you have any better ideas, let me know.  And if you want to read a proper butterfly blog by someone who knows what she is talking about, go to 2sojourners, where Sylvia writes about butterflies, as well as her expat experience as an American in China.

I was surrounded by butterflies at the golf course on Tuesday. These ones were not resting on vegetation; they were flying and chasing each other, and avoiding golfballs, so I have no photos. They may have been Blue Tigers.

Meanwhile here are two more photos from my garden of butterfly-free flowers.

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Is there any Country that doesn’t have Ladybirds?

When I was looking for blackberries, I must have strayed into a surreal Meadow of Ladybirds. It was just a grassy field, on a sunny day in September, but there were Coccinellidae (also known as ladybird beetles and ladybugs) all over the place.

I think all my photos show the Seven Spot Ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata).

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Some of the cute wee bugs were climbing up the grass.

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Some were shouting “Hands off our blackberries, Gigantor!”

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But some weren’t so lucky – this one was wandering around on some dried cow dung.

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Ladybirds are common in British and Irish farms and gardens, and are loved for being aphid-eating pest controllers. Do ladybirds have a worldwide range? I think they do, but I haven’t seen any in my garden in Bangalore. So, Distant Drumlin readers, do you have ladybirds where you are?

UPDATE ON 2 OCTOBER 2013

Sitting in my Bangalore garden on the holiday for Gandhi Jayanthi, I spotted something orange flying past and landing on a leaf.  I ran for the camera, and snapped this.

Is it a bird, a plane, a ladybird?

Same bug, different angle.  Could it be the elusive Indian ladybird? I have no idea!

How many spots?

Weaver Ants

In my garden, about two metres off the ground, I spotted what looked like a quilt of autumn leaves.  On closer inspection I realised that it was a nest, built by weaver ants.  The ants stood up to defend the nest when I approached.

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As you may already know, I hate the ants that bite me when I practice yoga in the garden. But these ants are making a remarkable nest.

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