Hypolimnas bolina (Great Eggfly, Blue Moon Butterfly)
I was actually capturing images of our Brunfelsia calycina/pauciflora bush one lovely sunny morning in May when this Great Eggfly fluttered around and decided it wanted a photo session too! It chose to settle on a group of lovely blooms, clever choice for a complementary backdrop!
And I couldn’t believe my eyes when this gorgeous looking butterfly with wingspan about 7-8.5cm, fanned out its wings and ‘cheekily beckoned’ me to start shooting! I was so excited and just click…click…and click as many as I could capture! It posed for so many shots, as if it knew that I greatly desire to capture such precious moments! Wow!…15 shots to be exact when I downloaded into my personal computer later on and all turned out very nicely!
A collage of nine images of the Blue Moon Butterfly was created to reminisce those wonderful and joyous moments! Images were cropped and presented in such a manner so that I can feast repeatedly on the spectacular display of its many poses, specially posed for me on that unforgettable morning! What joy, what bliss! How blessed!
Hope you enjoy seeing these images as much as I do! :)
- Scientific name: Hypolimnas bolina
- Common name: Great Eggfly, Blue Moon Butterfly
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
- Family: Nymphalidae
- Subfamily: Nymphalinae
- Genus: Hypolimnas
- Species: H. bolina
More info on this Blue Moon Butterfly at Wikipedia which included its distribution, habitat, life history, etc.
Here again, it was flying around the same Brunfelsia calycina bush, intoxicated by its lovely scented flowers, decorating the whole plant! Had earlier thought that this visitor was a first-timer, until I uploaded its images onto my iMac and realized that it is the Blue Moon Butterfly after all and none other! ;)