Alpine Black Swallowtail
One of my favorites for its irridescent blue/aqua/black coloration.
In this photo, the white markings on the hindwings are mostly hidden. There are a few other species of back swallowtails, too, that I don't have photos of (yet). These include P. protenor (クロアゲハ, the Spangle) and P. memnon (ナガサキアゲハ, the Great Mormon)
Common Bluebottle or Blue Triangle
These often congregate at shallow puddles or streams.
These butterflies follow an annual migration south, and some may be tagged with numbers on a wing. You may also spot similar species from various islands.
Great Orange Tip
What image could be more tropical than one of these east-asian beauties on a hibiscus flower?
If you haven't noticed, I love iridescent blue/green/black insects!
Grass Yello Butterflies
I suppose I should leave photography of flighty little yellow butterflies to the pros! But I'll always have a soft-spot for yellow butterflies because my father used to make up bedtime stories about the adventures of a particularly brave one.
|Udara dilecta (Lycaenid/Blue family)|
Of course, there are many species of similar butterflies with gray-white wings that open up to reveal iridescent indigo-shaded hues.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Common Butterflies in Yakushima
I get asked quite a bit about butterflies, and I admit, I have a hard time remembering the English, so here are a few of the butterflies I've passed and that you might pass as well! I know I'm missing some common ones (especially the Hypolimnas bolina リュウキュウムラサキ which just won't stay still for me), but as I have more time, I hope to be uploading more photos and notes, and perhaps make a page for moths, too.
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