Dec 9, 2009

Thank the Teak

Your garden becomes complete only when the winged and beaked friends visit it, wouldn't you say? I longed for this for long! I was envious when I saw a butterfly in a pathetic looking plant on the roadside or in others' gardens. Of course one or two butterflies would visit Plantville for a fleeting moment and whiz away as if saying, "This place isn't interesting enough." There were very few wasp visits and an occasional bee or two, but this year things changed., especially with the arrival of Sarad.
There was suddenly a flush of butterflies flying around. Remember the lazy gardener becoming busy with his camera and watching his flowers and butterflies? Yes, these beauties kept me busy. There were many different kinds of them, right from small to medium sized (I am yet to see a large one) ones. Below you'd see some of the shots that I took this month. I was too busy watching them that I didn't take shots of other beautiful ones during the early Autumn.
With the addition of Jasmines to the garden, these butterflies finally considered that Plantville was worth a visit. These tiny bees went mad at the Leucas. And these kings with blue spots seemed to have increased in population! And this teeny shy guy was just sitting on the parapet wall, thinking if he should enter the city and he eventually did in the days to come. There were others too, like the brown ones, tiny yellow ones, black ones with white dots, and few others, but I was too slow for them. I hope I get to capture them in future.
Two weeks ago, I noticed that the new Dwarf Crape Jasmine that I introduced to Plantville started looking pathetic.
Trying to find out who the culprit was, I discovered this! I was excited. I was almost sure that it was a caterpillar (Isn't it?) because it's not there anymore. Did it become a flying beauty now? I hope it was a caterpillar, because I it feed on that cute plant.
Few days ago, I saw a flush of butterflies - especially the black ones with blue spots, in Plantville and I realized that the Teak tree in my neighbor's plot was in bloom!
Later I realized that most of the butterflies visit that tree and then my garden. Well, thanks to the teak that my garden is becoming complete!
Speaking of butterflies, I thought I'd also share some other butterfly pictures from my recent trip to Trichy. We went to a temple near Trichy
where there was a garden space around it, well, part of it was wild and there was such an assortment of butterflies fluttering about crazily and I was doing so too and managed to get a few decent shots.