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Pareronia valeria. (70)
Pareronia valeria (Cramer, 1776)
Wingspan approximately 80mm.
It was on an early morning walk through downtown Mumbai that I came to see this exquisitely coloured elegant flier for the first time. I was out to see some green before starting a busy day, and I knew there was a little garden with a few giant palm trees and a number of tropical plants in full blossom in front of Mumbai Central railway station. Entering that tiny oasis in the city centre of a buzzing megalopolis of around 20 million people I was standing alone in some colourful tropical fairyland that was visited by a surprising number of butterflies busily flying from blossom to blossom in the bright morning sun.
An elegant blue glider was effortlessly sailing from one flower to the next one - but never stopped for a rest or a drink.
The same day at noon there was a lucky second chance to get a picture of that beauty. Visiting “Bollywood”, the Film City in Goregaon, I was surprised to get into a beautiful unspoiled landscape of green hills covered with dense forest just a few miles north of Mumbai. So instead of sitting down for lunch I decided to stay outside in the green between the studios to have a look into nature. Right there at some tree with red blossoms and a hedge of Lantana a few blue gliders arrived for a drink of nectar.
Pareronia valeria (Cramer 1776), the Common Wanderer, shows a conspicuously bright blue tint in the white coloration of upper wings in the male sex. It prefers open tropical forests with moderate rainfall at low elevations. Quite common in the jungles of India’s Western Ghats. A quick and determined flyer with elegant gliding motions of wings, the butterfly is fond of visiting brightly coloured flowers.
The caterpillars feed on Capparis ssp.
Area of distribution: Southern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Philippines.
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 14mm, F/4, 1/800 sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 03.11.2006, 13:32 local time.
Photoshop Elements, cropped at the sides, downsized to the web, selectively sharpened, noise removal on BG, brightness, contrast and saturation slightly adjusted.
The gardens of Goregaon Film City surrounded by tropical forests on the hills to the north of Mumbai, as described above. For a brief look at the setting, please klick
Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.
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Oasis in the city.
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A tiny oasis right in the centre of the buzzing megalopolis of almost 20 million people, with lush tropical vegetation and an unexpectedly rich butterfly fauna.
The place is fenced in. That day, an iron gate was leaned open so I could get in. When a few minutes later a railway official looked in he gave me a friendly smile of permission to continue my field studies with the camera.
Hope you enjoy the look of the location.
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The location: Goregaon Film City.
|The location: Goregaon Film City.|
Lush tropical gardens surrounded by hills covered with dense forest.
Lots of butterflies.
These charming young ladies were watching me taking pictures of butterflies landing on a hedge of lantana flowers. The girls had a lot of fun watching a man with a camera taking pictures of insects instead of human actors in the heat of high noon. Soon they competed in telling me first when and where a fresh new butterfly had landed. And they really enjoyed seeing their freshly captured pictures on the camera's back screen.
Naturalists do not seem to come too often to "Bollywood". All the cameras there seem to be pointed at actors - many of them as pretty as butterflies, for sure.