It looked like a butterfly drowning so I extended a hand, hoping that I could help. It willingly crept onto my finger.
As I placed them on the rocky surface by the edge of the pond, I found to my surprise that there were actually 2 of them, the tawny coaster butterflies. They seem to be struggling under the weight of water on their wings.
“Tawny Coaster Butterflies Mating at The Rooftop Secret Garden of 1-Utama”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on November 9th, 2011.
As I do not expect that they could fly off so easily, I used a fallen willow twig to let them climb onto it. Then I place them on top of a star calathea leaf.
They were still moving about even while joined like this. Actually only the butterfly on the left, i.e. the one with the lighter shade, was moving and dragging its partner along. The partner laid very still and didn't move at all. I wondered if it was already dead.
They were locked in embrace, fulfilling an important chapter in their lifecycle, a natural process that is so vital for the continual survival of their species and the next generation. It may sound funny but for a moment, they actually reminded me of a space shuttle docked on the international space station that I happen to watch on live telecast TV.
Does this look like a cosy place for a weekend rendezvous?
Actually these mating butterflies are exposed to many dangers of predators (animals, bugs and humans as well). They are smart because they didn't stay long here.
I wonder if you remember in a previous post, I have written that this is my favourite site at The Secret Garden, the place with the Australian willow trees, a pond and waterfall nearby. The trees are blooming now. Can you see the butterflies? They are just below my watermark.
I guess they didn't like the bed of Star Calathea leaves. They prefer this cosy spot below the canopy of leaves, hidden underneath, safe from predators and away from prying eyes.
At this spot, they became very still with no movement from either one for a long long time.
These are the beautiful damselflies I was trying to photograph earlier. Actually they are quite small, hence the images are blur after some enlargement. Can you see that one has fallen into the water?
I worry that it will drown, so I extented a fallen twig of which it grabbed and flew off immediately. I left the garden for an appointment.
It was a beautiful experience watching them and knowing that they were okay, alive and well. It happened last Saturday, November 5th, 2011. Soon, I hope this wildlife friendly Secret Garden of 1-Utama will enjoy a slight increase in population of tawny coaster butterflies!