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A garden enthusiast who loves to travel and capture the beauty of places and freeze the memories of her travels in photographs, as well as document her experiences in verse...thankful for the simple pleasures in life.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Caught Flitting and Flirting

For those who love butterflies as much as I do, here's the second part of my double-features on butterfly profiles. The two species I've picked  this week are the Spotted Black Crow and the Asian Swallowtail.

The Spotted Black Crow
Euploea crameri



It has a somewhat dull colouring, and because of that, it is unattractive to predators. Even birds are said to dislike the taste of this dull butterfly. Smart butterfly, is what I say!
The upperside of the wings is very dark, more blackish than brownish. That accounts for it being named the Spotted Black (not brown) Crow. And where is it spotted? On the head, thorax and abdomen. A lovely white polka-dotted design. You can see this clearly in the photograph below.






For Leo at Haiku Heights:

I'll write you my thoughts
of how you charm my senses
iridescent love





The Asian Swallowtail
Papilio low ii


The Great Mormon
Papilio memnon



These are two indistinguishable species which are identical, and there are no consistent rules to tell them apart. As such, the shiny black butterfly above can be said to be either the Asian Swallowtail, or the Great Mormon! The fact is, both categories are swallowtails which are large, colourful butterflies from the family Papilonidae. The plain black one is the male of the species and the colourful ones in the three photographs below are the females.











I love the photograph below where I caught the Spotted Black Crow and the Asian Swallowtail on the same bunch of flowers at the same time. They both seem to like the hydrangea.




A waka for Poetic Forms 


you whimsical one
you flit and flirt amongst blooms
alight on my heart
repose in my constancy
indulge your fancy
in springs of my devotion
my love is for you
this pledge I solemnly etch
on tablet of  green jade stone 



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38 comments:

  1. What beautiful photographs Rosie! The haiku is nice too, the butterflies do seem to have a charming effect on the camera!

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  2. Beautiful photos of butterflies! No butterfly would stop long enough for me to take pictures :-(

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  3. Another beautiful post. Pictures-wonderful; poem-sweet and lovely. Thank you for sharing!

    http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/dearest-wife/

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  4. The butterflies are so pretty, and your photography is fantastic. The poem is lovely, too!

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  5. The mormon one really caught my eye. Very beautiful.

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  6. Oh Rosie -- they're exquisite. I've not seen a lot of butterflies in my garden this year. Perhaps I need to plant more butterfly favorites.

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  7. Nice haiku and beautiful pictures!!

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  8. Gorgeous photos, flowers and butterflies, equalled by the lovely haiku.

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  9. amazing. great shots. we don't see many in our area. but we do have a lot of hummingbirds. i've yet to capture a photo of one.

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  10. How beautiful!!! The Dance of the Butterfly! Wishing you well! Cathy

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  11. It's been a joy to see all your butterflies! We haven't had many this year because of the extreme heat and drought...yours lifted my spirits!

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  12. Such beautiful photos, I love butterflies but sadly I hardly ever see any here in NZ. The only butterfly is ever see where I live are Monarchs, still I love them.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comment. It was so interesting to see your photo of Queenstown and the Remarkables on BW.

    Enjoy your next visit to NZ!

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  13. Awesome!! I think I have fallen in love with butterflies afresh. :)
    Thanks for that. :))

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  14. Wow what a beautiful array of butterfly's you have in your garden. The Asian is just a beauty. Fantastic pictures.

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  15. It's all beautiful - both poems and those gorgeous photos. You captured the butterflies well. :)

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  16. The shiny one is unique. I have not seen one before. You take great photos! Are there more flits and flirts coming up next?

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  17. Beautiful! And I learned a lot! :D :D

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  18. You got so many beautiful shots Rosie :)

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  19. I love your beautiful pictures. Your peotry makes me feel like a little fairy flittering throught the air! :) Jessica from Thursday poetry

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  20. I was sure I left a comment before, but lovely macro images, Rosie. Just beautiful.

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  21. Beautiful shots of the featured butterflies ... enjoyed reading the accompanied Haiku and Waka!!

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  22. thank you rosie for the delightful butterfly captures and your lovely haiku!

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  23. Gorgeous Macro shots!

    My Macro, have a great weekend.

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  24. delightful captures all and beautiful verse too!

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  25. Gorgeous shots, a visual delight!! You have captured them well!!

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  26. Stunning, Rosie! Your waka shows how lovingly attached you are to these exquisite, delicate butterflies... And iridescent is such a great word for your haiku! Makes me think of a mother-of-pearl sublime... I also adore the peacock-teal butterflies--incredibly beautiful!

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  27. These are gorgeous too, just like in your other posts.
    It is not fare that you have so many butterflies and I was chasing for hours a simple cabbage white today, still couldn't get a shot of it.
    Amazing photos Rosie.

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  28. Wonderful captured, Rosie! Thanks for sharing this lovely flowers and butterflies with WEF! :)

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  29. I have a blue hydrangea in the garden, but I never spotted such beautiful butterflies. Great photo's and beautiful, matching poems!

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  30. hmmm a nice pledge :) double layered piece, I love it.
    Enjoy gooseberry day!

    http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/the-dream-where-you-at/

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  31. wow rosie- guess we malaysians are hell of a poetic you know? ehem! love your haiku and waka and your nature pics.. mine is a bit serious haha! here's my entry.. http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/a-roar-to-mankind/

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  32. Fabulous shots! I can't get close enough to even one butterfly to photograph!

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  33. sweet and lovely haiku -- and the butterflies! :)

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