More spiders

That time of the year when spiders start putting up webs all over the garden. The more common one is the Signature spider (Argiope anasuja), which I put up last year. It was around this year too, and I managed to snap one from the back using the phone, thanks to the Camera+ app’s macro feature.
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Common Mormon and another spider

So, just as I was lingering by the gate with the cat, there turned up this butterfly fluttering in the neighbour’s garden. I had been trying to capture one on slo-mo with the phone for a while now, so this was too good to pass. Managed to shoot something here. Do watch in HD if it doesn’t load by default that way.

After some research turned out that it was a Common Mormon – Papilio polyteswhich is a swallowtail butterfly, which means the second set of wings or the hind wings are bigger than usual and have a downward tapering projection forming a narrow point, almost like two South Indias attached to it.

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Common Mormon.

Shot this in darker light using the flash, so it isn’t the best pic I’ve shot, but you get the idea of swallow-tailness, especially when compared to a non-swallow tail one like the Great Eggfly here, where the bottom wings are closed. It is most likely a male, as females don’t exhibit this pattern, which is called Cyrus, in Southern India.

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Also, a signature spider started spinning a web around the gate. This time managed to use the DSLR and the 70-300mm lens, and shot it in macro. Trouble is, it gets very soft very fast with this lens, which means that while the head of the spider is in focus, it gets softer out very fast!
Signature Spider(Agniope anasuja)

Two species

It’s a Holiday today. Ramzan always comes one day early at my workplace. But am not complaining. It’s a long weekend and I plan to laze it out. Given that, today morning I took the book “ಚೋಮನ ದುಡಿ” out to the sitout with the intention of finishing the last 43 pages in one go. It was a nice and cloudy day with a hint of wind, the noise of multiple machines going off to cut tiles or granite, or drill holes in walls or cut metal rods, in the foreground, and the sound of birds singing in the background, trying to make themselves heard to potential mates and then flying away in the hope of finding someplace quiet to ply their wares. It wasn’t a holiday for the construction industry. It never is.

A large butterfly came to rest on the Pongaemia tree leaves close to where I was sitting. I managed to get the phone camera close and snap a nice picture of it. Now, I had to know what butterfly it was! So I googled images of “Indian butterflies”. The first hit of this butterfly was from a blog which did not tell me what it was. The next one was from the wikipedia entry of “Great Eggfly” (Hypolimnas bolina), which has a distribution from Madagascar all the way till New Zealand! And is called the Blue Moon Butterfly in New Zealand. And this is the male of that species. The female is brownish in colour.

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