Posted by: cochinblogger | September 18, 2013

A Butterfly’s Kiss

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Meet the Common Evening Brown, the Captain Haddock of the butterfly world. It rests in a hiding place by day and emerges refreshed in the evening, ready for a sundowner. In fact, life is an endless succession of sundowners for the Common Evening Brown. Flower nectar is for sissies. Alcohol-rich rotting fruits are its food of choice. Set out a glass of wine or toddy in your garden in the evening, and if the Common Evening Brown (or its drinking mate, the Baron) is in the vicinity, you won’t drink alone. The sap flowing from wounded tree trunks is another favored food. It’s also madly attracted to electric lights, and even repeated attacks by a predator will not deter it from approaching a lit tubelight that turns it on.

Most butterflies are diurnal, active during the day — but the Common Evening Brown is an exception.

Also, the above pic is of the wet season form. Its appearance in the dry season is different. The eyes on the wings, for example, disappear.

So, as you can see, the Common Evening Brown has hidden sides to its character that are belied by its plain name and appearance.

Oh, one more thing — it’s flight is often unsteady. And we now know why.

I took this photo just outside my house. No, I did not bait it with wine or toddy. Maybe it just smelt my breath.

So, if there’s anyone out there who wants to taste a butterfly kiss, you now know what to do. 🙂

[Ref: Kunte’s Butterflies of Peninsular India]

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