Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cycad Blue in love

Mating between butterflies usually lasts from 15 minutes to 3 hours, but they flew away once startled by me. I was so regretful for not able to witness more; it seemed like the male was injecting his yellowish spermatophore into mating tube of the female; anyway that split second with a sole snapshot was still wonderful.

I was attracted to the scene as many Cycad Blue Butterflies were flying in a spiraling manner upwards. They were actually attracted by the females. All these happened beautifully in my little garden.

My Cycad Palm was spoiled by their larvae at the same time. I need to trim away the withered leaves in order to rejuvenate and realize new lives.

There is always a tug of war between beauty and the beast.

24 comments:

Icy BC said...

Beautiful butterflies in love! You capture a wonderful private moment in nature..

Heather Dugan (Footsteps) said...

Wow. Nice capture! Any lighted candle? Red wine?

fufu said...

wow amazing!!! i saw many beautiful butterflies at iguazu falls too :) but too bad they didnt stop...

George said...

You may have gotten only one photo, but it is a great one. This is very, very good.

Autumn Belle said...

Love is a many splendoured thing! These butterflies are very tiny. It is not easy to photograph them. Good job!

Kirigalpoththa said...

You were just in time. :)

Kilauea Poetry said...

Wow..beautiful- I've never seen this? Chameleons are a lot more dramatic in their love making!! Still rude to watch (the whole process Rainfields) lol)) how would we know? Indeed, there is a tug of war..but then there is re-touch (photo shop for others)..somtimes? I like to retain as much of the graphics- others are willing to tollerate (ha ha)

Frieda said...

What a great capture!

eileeninmd said...

Rainfield, you are amazing. Great capture. Beautiful butterflies.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Beautiful shot. Love is in the air.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

They really are beautiful.

Gallicissa said...

Great to see you focussing your lens on smaller forms of life.

AVCr8teur said...

You did not have to travel far to capture nature's private moments.

kulasa said...

awwwwwww love in all its glory...

Misalyn said...

Great shot! this one is amazing. I have tried to take photos of butterflies for several times but I always end up frustrated, they don't want to 'pose' for my camera.

What a beautiful poetry and love story in motion.

CH said...

What a butterfly love.

And it is always so good to fall in love.

One said...

That is a great shot indeed.

Mei Teng said...

Wow...you caught a beautiful butterfly moment.

p3chandan said...

Can always count on you Rainfield to catch an intimate moments like that in your garden! Nice post they both gave you..

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Rainfield, you have capture true love on camera. I am always amazed by your gorgeous shots.

Ayie said...

Even I got captivated by their beauty. Amazing!

betchai said...

it is the most beautiful butterflies in love I have ever seen, again, wonderful capture.

Harumi said...

A slice of life of a gorgeous butterfly couple. A very rare capture.

Ruthi said...

wow... you are one lucky duck! this is something you don't see everyday and yet you were able to capture it full color. hahaha