Ingenious mimicry by the Common Mormon (Papilio polytes)

Papilio polytes (Common Mormon) –

Common Mormon (Papilio polytes, female form stichius) Looking out into our backyard from the kitchen around 1pm last July, I spotted this gorgeous beauty flying restlessly, moving from the Curry Leaf Plant (Murraya koenigii) to the Annona squamosa (Custard Apple) tree, then back again to the Curry Leaf briefly and settled on the Pigeon Berry (Duranta repens).

And my immediate reaction as I rushed to grab for my camera a few meters away was, “Wow! How big you are! How beautiful! Don’t go, please stay, let me get a shot of you first”.

Beautiful chequered Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus)

Papilio demoleus malayanus (Lime Butterfly) –

Papilio demoleus malayanus (Lime/Lemon Butterfly) - still pretty though dress is slightly torn!A relatively large butterfly with wingspan about 8-9cm that is quite a frequent visitor to our front yard garden. It is to be found hovering around foliage and flowering bushes, quite happy to remain still for sometime but take a quick flight whenever I approach too close for a shot.

This Lime Butterfly or Lime Swallowtail as commonly named, is also seen frequenting our potted Murraya koenigii (Curry Leaves) at our backyard, as well as outside our backyard fencing where plants and bushes are simply strewn haphazardly by our back neighbour.

March 2008 in our garden!

The garden month of March has been quite eventful. With a sunny and hot season, and some rainy days especially during the Holy Week leading to Easter Sunday, these sun-loving flowering plants simply love it and dance happily in our tropical garden.

The fabulous bushes of the Mussaenda cultivars, Mussaenda philippica aurorae and Mussaenda erythrophylla ‘Ashanti Blood’ that are year-round bloomers, continue to splash their gorgeous clusters of white and red bracts.

Photoshop tutorial – Create simple photo borders/frames (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of the Photoshop tutorial series on how to create simple photo borders or frames. View previous tutorials: Part 1 and Part 2, if you’re interested.

Here’s presenting another very simple and quick way to spice up your digital photos or images, by using Photoshop CS2 to add borders.


Easter greeting card with Red Dwarf Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii), from our gardenJust felt that the image of the Dwarf Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) growing in our garden most appropriate for an Easter greeting card. :)

Besides, offering a connection to Good Friday (where Jesus wore a crown of thorns during His crucifixion), I find the tiny buds, the vibrant green and red, perfectly depicting new life to be experienced with our Resurrected Lord!