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May and June 2003
White Orange Tip
Yellow Orange Tip
Mysore, May 24 to June 14: Spent three weeks on the campus of Mysore University. Work kept me occupied most of the time, 6 days a week, so did not get to move around at all. However, behind the Guest House of the Regional Institute of Education, where I put up, there was a wildish green area - varied trees and bushes. Every morning I spent about an hour looking for butterflies here (7:30 to 8:30). A list of what I saw follows:
On a typical morning, the first butterflies to fly about would be the Roses, followed by the various Tigers and the Crows. Around 8 the Jezebels became active, at first flying high around the tree tops, but later coming down to feed on Lantana (and even stopping briefly on Parthenium flowers). The others were mostly seen while napping or basking.
Delhi, June 30: Back in Delhi - to weather that is dusty and hot. Hardly any butterflies to be seen. One surprise: a fresh Common Jay in Model Town!