Friday, November 14, 2008

A local insect

The Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) is one of the 310-odd butterfly species of Tamil Nadu. Given the limitations of my camera, I had a better time taking pictures of butterflies than I did photographing birds during the weekend trip.

This species is supposedly very abundant in Tamil Nadu; it should prefer Chennai, too, for its habitat of choice is the scrub jungle. Being rather tasteless (and maybe carrying some poisons, too), it does not have to fear too much about the predators. Maybe that's why I got to see not only this butterfly at close quarters, but its caterpillar, too!


flowergirl said...

Saw all the butterfly and other insect pictures via the MNS email! Thanks for sharing, and never mind that there were no bird pics - someone has to capture the butterflies as well!

Shantaram said...

>> Ambika>> Thanks! You're right, what's the one without the other!!