07 December 2010


I walked past a tree and saw this Painted Jezebel hanging on the underside of the leaf. As I got nearer with my camera and was barely a feet away from it, it did not flinch and immediately I suspected something amiss because it was not usual for butterflies to stay so still when someone or something approaches them.

I was so preoccupied with the butterfly that I missed the obvious. So after a while when the beautiful butterfly flew off, I discovered that the butterfly was actually laying its eggs on the leaf of the Dendrophthoe pentandra (synonym: Loranthus pentandrus; common name: Mistletoe; Family: Loranthaceae).