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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Beetles and more butterflies

Looks like it's butterfly season here. Everyday I see beautiful butterflies flying around. Unfortunately they are not so easy to photograph. I think the best time to photograph them is around midday. I find they seem to want to rest at that time so they linger longer onflowers and plants. Like the black beauty. Isn't it gorgeous and notice the blue dots. They are not so visible in the picture but in the sunlight they are stunning.

This one was not so easy to take so I could not get a picture of the wings spread.

I saw this beetle skittling around. It had these unusual white dots on it but it looks like a stink beetle don't think that's the name for it though. When I was a kid I used to call them stink beetle because if you touch them they give out a very pungent odour. I found this out to my cost when I used to go collecting beetles in a match box😀. I caught one of them and soon my hands started stinking. I had to release it quickly and from then on I was very cautious if  I saw one of them 😀. Funny the things we did as a kid. Of course we had no television or computers then, so this was our way of entertaining ourselves. The added advantage was that I lived in a place which was surrounded by forests.  I distinctly remember searching for a kind of beetle or another insect in larvae stage perhaps, it had a soft velvety bright red body. They would come out after the first monsoon showers. I used to love catching those and stroking them until one day mum said not to or else I might catch a disease 😀. That effectively put a stop to my beetle hunting and I am sure the beetles were very happy about that😀. 


  1. I use to collect snails as a kid lol

    1. My neighbour's daughter used to collect snails😀

  2. The butterflies are just beautiful. The wings on the first one look like black velvet while the second one is like a gorgeous patterned scarf.
    I used to lie on the grass to watch the insects when I was small. My favourites were ladybirds. Whenever I saw one, I would say;

    Ladybird, ladybird fly away home,
    Your house is on fire and your children are gone,
    All except one,
    And her name is Ann,
    And she hid under the baking pan.

    Funny little rhyme that – I’ve no idea who taught it to me, but I’ve never forgotten it.

    1. Hi Barbara I think we all had a lovely childhood. I remember this nursery rhyme I think I must have heard it at school or read it in one of the nursery rhyme books at schools. I can't remember it being taught to us. So it's a mystery how one learns them. The other day another one popped into my head and I have no idea how or when I had heard it. But I distinctly remember chanting away with friends. It was about the pumpkin. "Peter Peter Pumpkin eater." I thought I had somehow made it up as a child but when I googled it there is such a rhyme. It is rather dark but who knew all those things in our times. Also I have no idea when or where I had heard/learnt it.

  3. Beautiful:) The second butterfly is sitting on a plant I had in my yard a few years ago. Can't remember the name at the moment. Butterfly magnet though.

    1. Mary Ann I believe it is called Lantana


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