Saturday, September 20, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Occasionally, even with my cheapskate digital camera, I manage to capture some photos that are actually quite good. Being patient and finding a willing subject help tremendously in this quest.
The Pansy butterflies are quite common in this part of the country and can be found in abundance during dry sunny days in open areas, often sitting on bare ground. I have often observed them to be territorial, driving away other butterflies in the vicinity.
Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya wallacei)
Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites)
Notice the Eyespots found in the Pansy butterflies, these supposedly functions to divert the attention of predators from the more vital head region and also act as a deterrent to predators by mimicking eyes of a far bigger subject.
Club Silverline (Spindasis syama terana)
Another diverting technique can be seen on the Club Silverline, the difficult to differentiate head or tail cause ambushing predators to possibly approach from the wrong side and when attacked, less vital parts are damaged, allowing it time to escape.
But on the other hand, there are butterflies that are on the other end of the spectrum, appearing as dull as possible to avoid attracting potential predators, like the one below.