over a year and I was surprised by how much it's changed. Many of
my favourite spots for butterflies were cleared and are now making
way for more trees to be planted. Luckily, I had the company of two
Commanders - one of them being this lovely butterfly.
Mr Khew, creator of the Butterflies of Singapore and amazing
architect, who goes by "Commander" in ButterflyCircle and in the
blogging world, was the other. Strangely, the little butterfly kept
landing on Mr Khew's bag! (while neglecting mine) It even landed on
his water bottle.
In December last year, I painted two Commanders on their caterpillar
host plant, Timoneus wallechiana, for Mr Khew. (Photo credit goes to
him, here's the link.)
While I had used many great reference pictures from the web, not
having my own set of references set me back a little. If only I had
obtained these pictures back then! The commander is a rather
common butterfly of our forests and parks and it has been known
to have a taste for human sweat.
I would really like to thank Mr Khew for welcoming me into the
butterfly scene. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be out every
weekend chasing butterflies with a camera. Butterfly photography
has really opened my eyes to the beautiful world around me. It has
been one the most amazing things that's ever happened to me!