Friday, January 18, 2013

Wrightia Religiosa - Water Jasmine

I have too many Wrightia religiosa (Water Jasmine) bushes in my garden. Some are in containers while others are sprouting like weeds in the grounds. Suckers from established plants have also invaded adjacent areas.  I've pruned off many of these volunteer plants but they soon re-appeared with a vengeance. 
A black-white butterfly of unknown ID fluttered amongst the scented single-petaled flowers. It has lovely black-white pattern on the wings with some yellow on the head and thorax. 


It then fluttered to a braided planted in a container. Many stems are twined together in a basket weave pattern forming a cage.
The flowers here are of the double-petaled variety.

As the flowers of Wrightia religiosa face downwards, butterflies have to be upside down to get at the nectar.

 The abdomen is studded with black dots and end with a splotch of yellow at the posterior end.

However some of the flowers are single-petaled. The soft apple-green hue is due to the proximity of the leaves to the lens, the butterfly being in the centre of the bush.
Other than the antennae and eyes the head together with the proboscis is totally yellow. 

"The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly"

~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

 These are single-petaled flowers.

 A split seed pod with feathery seeds ready for flight with a strong breeze or to be washed down with the pouring rain.

 Against the azure-blue sky.

Note: This moth should be a member of the Nyctemera genus as determined by Horace Tan of Butterflies of Singapore



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