Set in the heart of Belapur, Navi Mumbai, is a 50 hectare lush green park called Green Valley. Known for bird watching, but we were there with Butterfly Man of India, Isaac Kehimakar and entomologist, Shubhalaxmi.
The sun shone brightly as our group trudged through the wilderness, led by two frolicking dogs who refused to let us out of sight.
Sighting a pupa was so exciting, Shubha claimed that it would grow into a Yellow Orange Tip butterfly. Metamorphosis in nature is truly intriguing.
The delight was in seeing the different stages of the transformation.
And the fey creatures mating…
A grassy meadow ahead teamed with Common Wanderers, Yellow Orange Tips, all flirting with the delicate pink blossoms of the Urena Lobata.
A host of other beautiful creatures lurked and keen eyes did manage to spot them…
Frontal view of the quaint Robberfly
The dashing Jewel bug
Spittlebug nymph covered in frothed-up plant sap resembling saliva or spittle. Interestingly the froth hides the nymph from predators and parasites, insulates against heat and cold, provides thermal control and moisture control; without the froth the insect would quickly dry up. Nymphs pierce plants and suck sap causing very little damage, much of the filtered fluids help in production of froth, whose acrid taste, deters predators. A truly amazing creation of nature.
Roux’s Forest lizard was an exciting spotting, so small I almost missed it!
Cleverly camouflaged, we almost missed these creatures who have sparked fables and enjoy an exalted status across cultures of being harbingers of prosperity, fertility, longevity and happiness…
It was fascinating to learn that grasshoppers aren’t always green, they can also be brown, a gorgeous chocolate brown.
We spotted over 18 types of butterflies, due to the eagle eyes of Shubha and Isaac…
Common Hedge Blue
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Common Gull Butterfly
Tiny colourful blossoms caught my eye everywhere…
Brazil Jute Flowers
A lovely morning that started with butterflies basking in the sun, an apt time to click pictures of the otherwise flighty creatures…and went on to many more fascinating creatures…
In the lap of nature, you immerse yourself, erase sorrows and fears of the unknown, a profound solace cloaks you like
the delicate wings of a butterfly…