Readers’ wildlife photos

Saloni Rose, a neurobiologist from India who has a sideline in nature photography, has contributed some pictures before, and today adds some lovely butterfly photos. Her new website, Obscurum Per Obscurious, can be found here, and her notes are indented:

Common Banded Peacock (Papilio crino, shot at Bhubaneswar, Orissa): They can be recognised by the green dust on their upper side wings and characteristic blue band on their hind wings.
Common Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona, shot at Thenmala, Kerala): They belong to the family Pieridae (Whites and Yellows). I spotted large groups of adults hovering around the host plant “The Golden Shower Tree” every morning.
Blue Tiger (Tirumala limniace; shot at Thenmala, Kerala)
Narrow-banded Bluebottle (Graphium teredon; shot at Bonaccaud, Kerala): Until recently, they were considered a subspecies of the Common Bluebottle(which are famous for their 15 different types of photoreceptors). This species is endemic to the Western Ghats. They are fast flyers and usually occupy the canopy. However, they come down to the ground to mud puddles(as seen in the photo).
Lime Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus; shot at Thenmala, Kerala): Don’t be fooled by their beauty! Lime swallowtails are pests, they create havoc in citrus cultivations.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 10, 2019 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Beautiful set

  2. Posted May 10, 2019 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Very lovely butterflies! Thank you for sharing them.

  3. Debbie Coplan
    Posted May 10, 2019 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos and beautiful website….

    • Posted May 10, 2019 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      Thank you very much Debbie! Let me know if you have more comments.

  4. Posted May 10, 2019 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I really enjoyed these wonderful photos and descriptions, Saloni Rose. The first butterfly blew me away!

  5. Posted May 10, 2019 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    These lovely photos remind me: is there any standard text on the biochemistry of animal pigments anywhere?

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted May 10, 2019 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      Much of the colours of butterflies are not due to pigments, but to reflective layers. The reason they are so much brighter and shinier than pigment colours.

  6. openeyes
    Posted May 10, 2019 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed the photos of the puddling Lime Swallowtails and was surprised at them being considered agricultural pests. In North America (I’m from California), I’m not familiar with butterflies that cause major agricultural damage. Moths certainly, but not butterflies. Does anybody have other examples of butterflies as agricultural pests?

  7. Brad
    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Stunning! Thanks for sharing!

  8. rickflick
    Posted May 10, 2019 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Lovely images. Except for color, the blue tiger is patterned very much like a monarch.

  9. Posted May 11, 2019 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Very pretty. Thanks!


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