Thanks to the efforts of Joanne Tong, Carolyn Tay and the Monash University Green Representative Movement, the Butterfly Garden that I had envisioned could be set up around campus grounds as a permanent breeding spot for our insect friends is finally coming to fruition. But while the administrative body are going about their own way, settling the paperwork and everything else that is required before we can actually begin building and planting this garden, the student volunteers and myself are off to a lot more "fun" things so that we can start to learn more about butterflies, insects, and appreciating these animals in general. This weekend, we had our first "meetup" of sorts, which took place as a short session where I could do what I do best; talk about butterflies. The "outing" was divided into two sessions, a sit-down session and a part where we tried to spot butterflies and their young in the wild and while I must say I had fun getting to know everyone via the sit-down session, it was the spotting them in the wild that really got me going. And here are some pictures courtesy of Miss Nurul Tasnim.
|Finally! Our first caterpillar sighting. Can you see it?|
|We didn't see much in terms of other butterflies there and were lucky to find this single Peacock pansy (Junonia almana) fluttering among the flowers. Here I am showing my students the eye spots which give the butterfly its name.|
|No worries though! No butterflies or any other animal was harmed in the process of our outing! Here is the very same butterfly shortly after it was released.|