The PGA

Now you may be thinking ‘golf’. And you would be wrong. You should be thinking Pale Green Awlet. Or Bibasis gomata gomata. But if I had put in the title bar BGG it would have been too easy for you.

Described in one of my books as uncommon, hard to get near, active only at dawn and at dusk. Another says widely distributed. Take your pick. Here it is:

Pale-Green-Awlet

I only saw it because it flew as I sat down to rest and hide from a sharp rain shower. It settled first under one leaf, then moved to another. And there I managed to take a few frames. Very low light. Think ISO1600, F8 and it gives me only 1/60s. Not ideal. I used a little flash to lift the shadows. Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick but it is marginal.

I had only gone out to avoid a shopping trip. Normally mid-morning is too late for me because of the heat and humidity. Sometimes though it seems the more attractive option. I did take a few more photos but nothing special. Here are some crumbs that Lulu didn’t lick off the floor, although she might well have done.

The Jezebel sat very still but sadly the breeze did not drop so I sacrificed DoF to get some shutter speed.

Common Black Jezebel;  Delias pasithoe

Common Black Jezebel; Delias pasithoe

The spider was in deep shade on a slope – bit of a fudge – note the flash in 2 of its 8 eyes.

Spider - not yet ID'd

Spider – not yet ID’d

And I really would like to show you The Red Baron but you’ll have to make do with Blue. This little tinker led me a merry dance. Would not settle within striking distance. So I ended up with some odd angled images and one straight on at a distance that meant a fair old crop and some rather scruffy path and leaves as a background.

Blue Baron; Euthalia phemius

Blue Baron; Euthalia phemius

That’s it. Now I need to rest and eat ice cream. Not necessarily in that order.

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11 thoughts on “The PGA

  1. The PGA is quite a lovely butterfly as is the Jezebel, Andrew. I love seeing the diversity you have in HK.
    Personally, if I were you it would be ice cream, rest and then some more ice cream. 🙂 You earned it.

    • Thanks Steve. We are well blessed with leps for a small territory. I also have a mystery moth which I am trying to ID – probably common but its a lousy photo taken with the super zoom on a heavily shaded wooded slope.

  2. I was thinking Pale Green Ale, but it’s Pale Brown Ale isn’t it? Anyway, it was the Jezebel that did it for me. Just loved those striking colours and the way there is a red flash to start with and then the pale green (?) colours graduate back along the wings. And if that isn’t enough, there is that shot of blue on top. Not very good camouflage though is it?

    • Interesting point about camouflage – not all insects opt for camouflage – some choose to mimic dangerous species, others try to use colours and patterns to warn off predators. Some brightly coloured creatures are conspicuous in the open but when they land in their preferred habitat they almost ‘disappear’. The Jezzy is a lovely butterfly and very common. They always brighten my day.

  3. Now it is up to me being envious 😉 Absolutely beautiful butterflies with the Black Jezebel being my favourite – perhaps it looks a bit like a German flag? No seriously, I love the colours and pattern of the Jezebel, gorgeous! The PGA is also a wonderful creature, so pretty.

    … and I could do without the eight-legs 😉 but I would love to join in for the ice cream!

  4. They are all terrific or wizard ( a word my mother used to use and I’m now trying to bring back into fashion!) yes, wizard, each and every one of them. Jezebel gets my vote simply for the name.
    I wish you hadn’t mentioned ice cream.

  5. Marginal? Ha! I was just about to post some butterfly photos, but none come near the quality of your shots. I hope the ice-cream was chocolate! I hate chocolate ice-cream.!
    Having used up more than my allotment of exclamation marks I’ll end by saying, beautiful and amazing post Andrew.

  6. all I can say is Wow !! Andrew, what a fantastic and diverse bunch. Two Beauties dressed like Dandy’s ever so colourfully for the Ball, One Blue Baron and a spider, shining eyed, saying step into my parlour. (no thanks, says I 🙂 ) Many thanks for brightening my evening. xPenx

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