Monday, May 26, 2014

Southern Birdwing

Another giant today, another Western Ghats special- this time a butterfly. There were days, when I suddenly mistook this butterfly for a small bird. The Southern Birdwing ( Troides minos) , is truly and giant among the butterflies. The female of this species, is the largest among the Indian butterflies and can have a wingspan from 14 to 19 Cms. I saw it on constant flight, and in the four days that I watched it, only once for a few seconds, it landed on a Lantana plant and offered me a few seconds of camera time. This was not one of the biggest in the many birdwings that I spotted, but nevertheless, it was a pleasure to see such a giant beauty up-close.
Spotted at Ganeshgudi, Karnataka. 

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