Second Encounters

Posted: December 27, 2009 in butterflies, macro photography

Note on photo: Scientific name – Athyma nefte subrata.  Males have white bands instead.  Photo taken of it here.  Males were around but not cooperative today.. .hanging around on high branches chasing each other.

I was out for only a few hours before I found myself running like a overloaded freight train down some narrow paths to get myself some shelter from the rain.

Activity was… GOOD!  Many of the trees were flowering right at the top of the hill and there were a lot of Painted Jezebels flitting around out of reach.  Banded swallowtails and Autumn leaf butterflies were a few and the trails were re-populated by the great eggflies (Hypolimnas bolina bolina and Hypolimmas bolina jacintha) further down the hill.

I surprised a dating couple and also found a couple of straight(?) Judys (Abisara species) dog-fighting way out of their usual dog-fighting hours.

Note on photo above: Went back to the cinnamomum iners to find more Katies… but it was uneaten and populated by a colourful bug.

I saw the Xylocopa caerulea for the second time this year (only!) and still failed to get a record shot (it landed for 1 second on a small stem of a plant and then hovered away down the hill).  I'd only ever seen it on this hill.    

It has a furry unmistakably blue thorax.  Read John's write up on it here.

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  1. Waterbaby says:

    {waves hi} Enjoy your posting and pics. 🙂

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