Sep 12, 2010
Our efforts to attract butterflies to the farm are showing results.
We noticed many new species lately, but it is not always possible to take a photo due to our limited equipment.
Here's a Common Rose Swallowtail that came and perch itself above our heads while we were having lunch.
Common Rose Swallowtail (Atrophaneura Pachliopta)
It's a beauty and behaves very nonchanlantly in the presence of humans.
Here's a Cruiser ( Vindula dejone erotella ):
Jun 15, 2010
The Raja Brooke's Birdwings (Trogonoptera Brookiana) are gone from the waterfall. What a difference a week makes. The clearing works at the side of the falls and further up have destroyed their habitat. All the aristolochia foveolata, their host plant, have been slashed as the undergrowth was cleared.
This is a photo we took of them in September last year at the banks of the falls (the smaller one is a Common Jay) :
Sep 14, 2009
Did two hours of taichi and qi gong at this small cascading stream near the farm yesterday. The place was deserted.
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A group of about ten Raja Brooke's Birdwings came to join me, fluttering around me with no fear.
And a pair of pretty yellow-green butterflies.
It doesn't get much better than this.
This morning my BP was 115 / 68; like new. And that crick in the knee was gone.
Have to make it a habit to do the exercises here, each week; amongst the Raja Brooke's Birdwings