The Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya wallacei)
This week, we continue to feature butterflies shot at Gardens by the Bay (GB). There was apparently a blog that commented that there were few or no butterflies at Gardens by the Bay. I wonder where the author was making his observations at. Perhaps inside the airconditioned conservatories?
ButterflyCircle member Loke PF shot this pristine male Blue Pansy on Sunday at GB. Did you know that the local subspecies of the Blue Pansy in Malaysia and Singapore was so named in honour of Alfred Russell Wallace? The Blue Pansy is a pretty but often skittish sun-loving species that prefers open grassy fields. Often males are seen dogfighting and chasing each other, sometimes in spiralling duels reaching 10-15 m up into the air.