I love butterflies! (Who doesn’t!) They look so beautiful with their large, colourful, and symmetrical wings. But I don’t get to see many of them around in the city. But I didn’t know that there are several green places in Mumbai, where I can meet my dear animal friends.
Recently, I went for a photo walk to Godrej Mangroves, Vikhroli in Mumbai. I saw so many butterflies, birds, and insects there. It was the first time I met so many butterflies at the same time in one place. Plus, I got the chance to photograph them with my Nikon Coolpix B500.
Watch my video about my experience of photographing butterflies
Here are some of the butterflies I met:
1. Striped Tiger Butterfly
It is one of the common butterflies of India. It resembles the monarch butterfly of the Americas.
Scientific Name: Danaus genutia
2. Plain Tiger Butterfly
Along with Asia, it is even found in Africa and a few parts of Australia. It belongs to the Danainae subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly family Nymphalidae.
Scientific Name: Danaus chrysippus
3. Peacock Pansy Butterfly
The rich orange-yellow upperside of the Peacock Pansy Butterfly looks super cute. It is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia.
Scientific Name: Junonia almana
4. Blue Tiger Butterfly
The head, antennae, and thorax of the Blue Tiger Butterfly is brownish black in colour, with white dots on its head and neck. This butterfly shows extensive migratory behaviour in southern India during the monsoons.
Scientific Name: Tirumala limniace
5. Small Salmon Arab
The upperside of the male Small Salmon Arab has a lovely salmon-pink ground colour. It can be found at altitudes between sea level and about 1200m.
Scientific Name: Colotis amata
6. Danaid Eggfly
Danaid Eggfly is a species known for polymorphism and mimicry. Males are black in colour with white spots that are fringed in blue.
Scientific Name: Hypolimnas misippus
7. Gram Blue Butterfly
This small butterfly can be found throughout India except at very high altitudes. It belongs to the blues family.
Scientific Name: Euchrysops cnejus
8. Grey Pansy Butterfly
I found many Grey Pansy Butterflies that day. They have a beautiful lavender brown colour with short, sinuous black bands.
Scientific Name: Junonia atlites
9. Common Crow Butterfly
The Common Crow Butterfly is a common butterfly found in South Asia and Australia. Its glossy-black colour with brown undersides and white markings give it a distinctive beauty.
Scientific Name: Euploea core
In addition to butterflies, I also got to meet numerous insects like Signature Spider, Carpenter Bee, Asiatic Bloodtail, Potter Wasp, and so on. I really love how each species of butterfly is different in colour, shape, and behaviour. Mother Nature has bestowed something special on each one of them!
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