Butterflies are still very much a grey area for me, there is a staggering degree of diversity within our country alone. Might be hypocritical of me to say that the differences are too subtle for one to perceive easily, but scientists have been discovering new species even in recent times. Which is testament to how difficult these little ones are to identify and classify! For a complete novice like me, the easy ones are the obvious ones, a flash of brilliant blue can only mean one thing.
I had only previously seen this Blue Morpho (also known as Emperor, Common Morpho and a slew of other variations of those few words) flitting about, a welcome and almost poetic deviation from the browns and greens of the forest. And they had always been brief, the glimpses that I used to get. So when I saw this one alight on a bush, I instantly went on the approach. Still having my wide lens attached, I knew I had to get reasonably close to get a decent enough image. The closer I got, the more I marveled at this amazing creature. That underwing pattern is something that looks like it belongs on a map of the cosmos.
Many butterflies are masters of camouflage, especially at rest. Even colours that one may think would stand out, such as white and yellow – you’d be surprised. From a distance, this sulphur (not sure which species) looks just like the leaf in the background.
A closer view of the same butterfly shows us that amazing eye.
Some others throw camouflage to the wind and sport dazzling colours.
Not a butterfly, but another equally important (and now endangered) pollinator hovered close by, its carriers filled to the brim.
A couple days ago I made this image of a Variable Cracker/Grey Cracker – looking like a mothership with a tiny visitor. Crackers do actually make a cracking sound when they’re flying, but generally only in the presence of another of the same species.
Nothing beats wide-angle views of these beautiful insects, though. The aptly named Agnosia Clearwing was a lovely surprise in the shade, just as the sun was getting comfortable in the sky. One of my favourite images from last weekend’s adventures, for sure.