What butterflies do at night?

Nature is a dynamic 24X7 business arena, where mammals, birds, insects, busily work during daytime for their food and survival. But what about their activities at night, especially in case of diurnal (active during daytime) ones that are not been designed to be active at night. What they do at night? Do they sleep at night? If yes, where they would rest? To know the answer for this intriguing questions, I started to observe birds first in my campus*. I could get closer look on birds, especially shy ones like Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus) and swift-flyer like Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) which are otherwise difficult to see from close quarters during the day. Besides looking at birds, I found several colourful butterflies that are adding radiance by their presence to the forest, and thus I started my survey on butterfly roosting (resting).

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The Existence


A man sees what he wants to see, and disregards the rest.
– Paul Simon.

A 125 year old banyan tree stands tall with her 265 feet wide body and 75 aerial prop roots hanging around her trunk that stabilizes her on the ground. She had seen more than four generations of mankind and innumerable wear and tears of her own body. She is a mother for many species of birds, insects, millions of microbes, small mammals and surrogate mother for banyan wasps. She stands as a strong one that had escaped several demolishing attempts. She was planned to be knocked down for road extension at wee hours to avoid public protests. Can she survive one more attempt? Every life has the right to live here in this world or in the parallel world. Does the parallel world really exists to save her?!


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You might be wondering what ‘Solaipaadi‘ would be!

Well, ‘Solaipaadi’ is a Tamil name for White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus), a bird species found in Western Ghats. In Tamil, solaipaadi literally means the singer (here, it is bird) in an orchard/forest, i.e. solai – orchard /forest; and paadi – singer.

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I am Divyapriya, pursuing PhD on Vocal communication of birds.  My interest lies in reading, critical thinking and writing. My favourite fields are nature, wildlife, spirituality, alternative medicine, genetics, bird acoustics, Indian history and Geography (it keeps adding on)…