Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Green-spotted triangles

Despite the abundance and diversity of butterflies on the rainforest edge, I haven’t had much success in photographing them. While the nymphalids sometimes rest long enough for a quick pic, the others are far too flighty. That's if they come down from the canopy at all. (And why would they? It’s where the sunlight and flowers are.)

Birdwings of the genus Graphium are fast and erratic fliers. The green-spotted triangle (Graphium agamemnonusually hangs around the tree tops, rarely bothering to visit the ground floor. And when they do, there’s no time to grab the camera. I’ve glimpsed plenty of green-spotted triangles, but haven’t had much of a chance to study them.

But these two were occupied...

The species has a wide distribution, occurring from India, throughout SE Asia to Queensland. Their caterpillars feed on a range of rainforest plants, but, given my well-known inability to identify anything botanical, I'm not sure where to look! If I do locate any, at least they won't be moving too fast to photograph.


forestwalk/laura k said...

very cool!! luckily...those two were 'occupied' long enough to get those fantastic shots!!
sometimes it's just a waiting game...

if i were a butterfly...i think i'd prefer the treetops to the ground also!!

Calling Ravens said...

I know how excited I get when I finally can get a shot at something, so congrats!
I Love that 4th photo, it is outstanding!
{Voyeuristic joke removed by author-lol]

Magda said...

The close-up photos showing the details of their Wings is fantastic Snail.
We are all fortunate they were too busy concentrating on other matters to be concerned about you being there doing photos.

Interesting is the surface of their Wings almost looks like fur, I've not noticed that texture on Butterflies, though have on Moths.

Thank you for the knowledge you impart, as well as thoroughly interesting photos and accompanying words Snail.

Appreciation from Magda(Australia)

Zane said...

Lovely photos - the butterfly is similar to our citrus swallowtail - tail seems different though!

Snail said...

I did feel slightly voyeuristic taking those photos, but the butterflies didn't offer any objections.

The wing patterns are extraordinary. Unfortunately, I couldn't quite catch the intensity of the green, nor that reddish mark under the wings.