I have been watching butterflies for the past one and a half years. Believe me it is an addictive hobby. Being not-so-lean I have tried dieting, zumba, gym and various other methods to shed extra pounds. Nature trails is the only form of exercise I enjoy and really push myself beyond my limits. It is a challenge for the mind too especially when it comes to identifying the species of butterflies. To confuse predators some butterflies like the Common Mime mimic the poisonous Blue tiger butterfly. It confuses butterfly watchers too.
By comparing images in detail at http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org and checking with experts in the field one can confidently identify the butterfly.
In my earlier post on Mimicking the tiger , the Daniad eggfly female mimicking the Plain tiger was discussed in detail.It is really fascinating as to how the butterflies have evolved to protect themselves from predators.
Here is an interesting account of Rana and Sugandhi’s blog post on the Common Mime pupa camouflaging itself into a twig for protection .