Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Blackvein Sergeant: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Blackvein Sergeant or the Athyma ranga is a butterfly found in the south-west India and parts of Southeast Asia in which Kaeng Krachan National Park is a perfect habitat. During the the dry season and up to the early part of the wet season which is already in June, they gather on areas in which they can lick salt near a stream. Animal manure or urine have high salt content, they take advantage of the excremental goodies from wild animals.

A lot of people come to take photographs so they spray diluted salt on the ground for the butterflies to come and it works. For me and Arpha who are not just bird lovers, we love wildlife as a whole and we find beauty in each of the Creator’s handy work. Butterflies are like flying flowers and they are also seasonal.

Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
June 23, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro TS-85C | Fotopro WH-30 | Nitecore UNK1

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