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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Penang Butterfly Farm P6 - Love On The Butterfly Swing

1. Idea leuconoe - Paper Kite/ Rice Paper/ Large Tree Nymph

Do you remember I visited the Penang Butterfly Farm in December 2010? I have already written 5 posts about the beautiful butterflies there. Hey, I'm not done yet!

Well, this 6th post is about The Butterfly Swing that is filled with LOVE; love among the romancing butterflies and also love written all over a wild vine!

If you'd like some soothing instrumental music by Brian Crain, please go to the bottom of this post and click play.

“Penang Butterfly Farm PBF P6 - Love On The Butterfly Swing”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on July 23rd, 2011.

Inside the Penang Butterfly Farm, there is a corner I like to call 'The Butterfly Swing'.
Here almost every  visitor would stop to pose and take a photo. 
It even attracted the most number of butterflies!

3. Cethosia biblis Batik Lacewing (L) and a pair of Hypolimnas bolina Great Egg Fly (R)

Do you know the names of these butterflies.
Please help me identify them.

4. Cethosia biblis - Red Lacewings/ Batik Lacewings /Malay Lacewings 
Do you want to know what's the secret?

5. Parantica aspasia - Yellow Grassy Tiger

6. Cethosia biblis - Red Lacewings / Malay Lacewings / Batik Lacewings
The plant is a vine that climbs with tendrils, details as follows:
Scientific name: Antigonon leptopus
Family: Polygonaceae
Origin: Mexico

7. Cetosia biblis - Red Lacewing / Malay Lacewing / Batik Lacewings
Common names of this plant:

Coral Vine, Chain of Love,
Hearts on a Chain, Coral Bells, Queen's Jewels,
Chinese Love Vine, San Miquelito Vine, Coralita, Confederate Vine,
Sandwich Island Creeper, Honolulu Creeper, Mexican Creeper, Rose of Montana Vine.

Malay name: Air Mata Pengantin (A Bride's Tears)

8. Neptis hylas papaja - Common Sailor

The flowers have no petals, only coloured bracts but they are heart-shaped.
Even the leaves are love-shaped.
The flower colours are white or pink.

9. Female Hypolimnas bolina (Great Egg Fly)
Yes, I have this plant in my garden.
It is food for the butterflies, a delight for my eyes.
It is also a Malaysian wildflower in our rural landscape.

10. To a Butterfly ... by William Wordsworth

This post is for Fertilizer Friday, the link is here.
Also, for Today's Flowers, the link here.

More butterflies pictures: Common Malaysian Butterflies - Penang Butterfly Farm Part 2

This post has been updated with butterfly names on July 28, 2011. Thank you very much to Andrea and Randy Emmitt for the clues .

Note: at the moment I am still unsure of the differences between Cethosia cyane and Cethosia biblis, hence this post will be updated once confirmed . My sincere apologies for any errors in the butterflies IDs.


  1. beautiful photos of some really pretty butterflies. You reminded me that I have some butterfly photos on my camera I need to get off.

  2. feeds the soul!!!!!!!!

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  3. The butterflies among the flowers are really gorgeous. It wouldn't matter if you post these another 6 times. I would still admire them.

  4. Beautiful photos! There's something special about butterflies. Maybe because you knew how short their life-span is. They are really beautiful colourful creatures. I do not know their species or the common names they are called, I just know how to admire their beauty! :)

  5. Nice nice nice..natural beauty of nature!!!

  6. Gorgeous butterflies, and what a beautiful plant. I love the Malaysian name for it best.

  7. Coral grows in this climate. I haven't any. I didn't know it attracted butterflies.

    Your butterflies are beautiful.

  8. They are so lovely. I love the butterfly swing.

    My entry.

  9. Beautiful shots of lovely butterflies. I liked the butterfly bench!

  10. Wow, i am a bit late here! If i will reach Penang i will go to that Butterfly Farm too as i did in KL. We have the same butterflies here, of course we have same climate and vegetation. That first one is the Idea leuconoe, it is so big, remember my 'kiasu' post with lots of butterflies converging in a space, that is that butterfly. Those colored orange top with zigzag colors under is Cethosia biblis, they are beautiful. The black am not sure now, forget the name. But the flower we call 'cadena de amor' or chain of love, Antigonon sp. forgot species again. haha!

  11. i didn't know "cadena de amor" is a favorite of butterflies. the butterflies are beautiful...i wish i could help you identify them.:p

    i would love that butterfly swing on our rooftop garden.:p

  12. Those butterflies are fabulous! I could never tire of seeing them. I'm sorry I can't help with the names..but thanks for sharing their beauty with-us.

  13. Beautiful photos. It is quite long time I'm not visiting this butterfly farm, I need to planning my weekends to go there soon. Thanks for sharing and this post remind me, that there is a place to visit near me.

  14. Very soothing music indeed. Your photos are so beautiful, keep the butterflies coming. Thank you so much for the coments and good wishes you left at my blog :)

  15. What beautiful butterflies! They are so colorful! It is so nice to see the butterflies that frequent your different than the ones that frequent here.

  16. So amny beautiful butterflies! Wonderful place to visit!

  17. A marvelous post, a winning combination of flowers and butterflies. Lovely poem by Wordsworth and lovely music. Thank you for brightening my day.

  18. I do not know the names of the butterflies nor many for that matter. I know the ones I have here that I see all the time but those don't help. Sorry. I love to watch them though- we don't have as many right now as we typically do due to the lack of water we are experiencing right now which is sad. I put out water for the butterflies, bees, dragon flies and whatever else is roaming around that I don't know about but hope it finds the water. We have all kinds of beetles, frogs, praying mantis, walking sticks etc... but I haven't seen much of anything as of late other than the lizards, bees, frogs and a few butterflies here and there. Great photos though- thanks for sharing- I love to look at the butterflies- such beautiful colors, configurations and designs.

  19. I've seen a few of these butterflies and know a few names. The one at the top is sometimes called a Paper Kite. The one you have the most photos of is a Lacewing of some sort. The Orange and white one is a Banded Orange.

  20. Wow, those are stunning! Not much more to say. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. So beautiful and serene looking. Wonderful place.

  22. These are great captures. I wish you showed a closeup of the batik lacewings. Is the pattern very intricate?

    A Bride's Tears. Tears of joy, surely. :-D

  23. what wonderful photos!!! I do have some butterflies...but not this many!
    I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I hope you will link in again soon!
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