Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gangara thyrsis - Giant Redeye Butterfly

I was online one night tapping on the keyboard when this little fella landed on my screen, peppering it with its powdery scales. I thought it was a moth as it was still active at that time of the night but on closer examination, found that it was actually a butterfly.
Its wings were folded up at rest and its antennae are long, ending in clubs.

This butterfly actually has several yellow markings on the upper side of the wings. A small sliver of yellow is visible here, having been overlapped by the hind wings.

 It was either admiring its reflection in the screen or it thought it was embracing another butterfly.

 I touched it slightly and it flew off and landed on a metal sieve which I've left to air-dry on the kitchen dish rack.

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."  ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

 The ruby-coloured eyes were like pomengranate globules. I think of it as a bejewelled gold brooch. The long burgundy tongue was coiled up. It would be extended out to reach for nectar which is very much akin to using a straw.

Autumn leaves, a holly leaf and an Apple

I was still in Cork when I accidentally pressed the 'publish' button of the draft version on 25 Oct. I think it was up online for about ten minutes when I noticed two comments from fellow bloggers, Rohrerbot and Giga. I have to revert it to draft as the captions was incomplete. This is my first post (re-published) since my arrival home in Malaysia about 6 hours ago.


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