Thursday, 27 August 2009
The Varied Eggfly, Hypolimnas bolina, resting for weeks on the same branch, night and day.
If you have been reading this blog you may recall that in 2007 I noted a butterfly posed in the same position on a shrub over a period of weeks. Well it’s happened again this year with the same species, the Varied Eggfly, Hypolimnas bolina. This time it was not far from the 2007 observation. The Eggfly was first noticed on 15 July 2009 and was photographed during the day a week or so later. On 25 August the Eggfly was still there. It’s interesting because cold weather does not seem to be governing this behaviour. We have had several nights at 16C and daytime temps over 20C. The caterpillar is quite spectacular. I’ll keep you posted on the Eggfly's activities.