I would love to do some serious out-in-the-forest shooting but
my examinations are in a mere two week's time. So, I have done
some outside-the-house shooting instead. The roadside grass
patches have sprouted with weeds lately in the mood swing
weather. One of them is the vernonia cinerea (the common
vernonia). Lots of little blues have been fluttering around the
The Pale Grass Blue is the largest of our three 'grass blues'; small
butterflies that frequent the roadsides. This species was discovered
in Singapore in 2001 and has since become quite the commoner.
They have a weak and fluttering flight and stay close to the ground.
Being common and not very showy, they, along with the other grass
blues, are often overlooked.
I think it was a blessing that I couldn't get out in pursuit of
more exotic butterflies; it let me appreciate the beauty of the
little creatures I so often ignore. It also brought back some
happy memories - I used to pick bunches of common vernonia for
my mother back when I was... 5? They'd all be wilted by the time
they got home though. Later on I would stop on the pavement to
watch the little grass blues go about their lives. It was nice to
do it all again. (except this time I left the weed picking out) :)