Butterflies in the genus Acraea – such as the Acraea Elegant, Acraea egina, feed selectively on plants with cyanoglycosides (poisons!) belonging to plant families such as the Passifloraceae (the Passion Flower family). … Continue Reading An elegant model and a natural mimic (with appalling manners!)
In my experience, the Marsh Fritillary, Euphydryas aurinia, is relatively common in Galicia (NW Spain) – where I took these photographs – but is considered to be threatened in the … Continue Reading Marsh Fritillary – doing well in Galicia
The hills and mountains of of Galicia in north-west Spain are covered in heather and gorse which flower from late summer into autumn. The heather and gorse are alive with … Continue Reading Blues on the heath!
The Comma (Polygonia c-album) is a very distinctive butterfly with an interesting history in the UK. It was very common and widespread in the early nineteenth century, but then its range … Continue Reading A comma, not a full stop!
I chased this butterfly for quite a while before it settled down on a leaf and let me take a photograph! I did not know what it was at the … Continue Reading An endemic egg-fly from Sulawesi
I like to try to capture insects in flight – but it is not always easy! These two photographs are not great (I am not sure if the shutter speed … Continue Reading Flap happy!
This strange butterfly is a member of the family Lycaenidae; one usually associated with blues, coppers and hairstreaks. There are however, a group of butterflies in the subfamily Miletinae which … Continue Reading A jaggedy edged butterfly
Paris Peacock butterfly scales.
The tropical Paris Peacock (Papilio paris) butterfly – not to be confused with the temperate or European Peacock ( (Inachis io) – is widely distributed throughout India and South East Asia. I … Continue Reading Paris Peacock butterfly scales
What stands out most about this butterfly are its bright yellow eyes. I don’t know what function the yellow has, if any, but it offers a beautiful contrast to the … Continue Reading A multi-frocked courtesan!
Some of the most beautiful colour patterns in nature are in fact, warnings. The yellow and black colouration of the wasp is a classic example. Another appealing combination of colours … Continue Reading Don’t eat me: I’m poisonous!
The Tawny Mime (Papilio agestor Gray, 1831) is a tropical papilionid butterfly with a wide distribution, from Pakistan across northern India, Nepal and Bhutan and down through Myanmar into south-east … Continue Reading The Tawny mime is a mimic!
Wood white butterflies in Spain. I took this photo with a small compact camera, which shows that you do not need expensive equipment to get close! It was only later … Continue Reading Fancy meeting you here!
I came across these butterflies feeding on poinsettias in early November (2013) when I visited the headquarters of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The butterfly is the … Continue Reading Thai Cruiser feeding on poinsettia flowers
I chased this butterfly along a road in Chiang Mai Zoo, last November (2013). It eventually landed on a fallen log and I was able to get this picture of … Continue Reading Jacintha Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina)
When we look at beautifully camouflaged insects, such as certain butterfly species which look so much like the leaves or vegetation of their environment, we sometimes forget that they are … Continue Reading Camouflage – in whose eyes?