The sole purpose of travelling is to explore, and see the world we have not been to. Destinations sometimes don’t matter, it is the company that matters. Aarti
talks about an interesting incident that happened when she was on a vacation with a few girl friends deep in the heart of Kerala.
During our 2nd day at the resort, we were walking along a slushy path towards the coir village, to watch a few women and maybe the learn the trick of making coir threads from coconut fiber. A few steps ahead, my friend M was walking, her camera ready to capture anything interesting. i was trailing behind her when suddenly she drew to a halt and motioned me towards her with a finger on her lips.
Me: What are we looking for? I dont see anything…
M: Shhh… just stand still and look yonder into the fields, near that banana tree..
Me: Ah, now i see them.. beautiful… Brown standing out amidst all that green. But, what species is it, i wonder?
M: Aarti, this is the Common crow... They seem to be romancing and lost in their own world
Me: oh yes, how pretty… I dont think i’ve seen these before.
Ani who was walking ahead with her son exclaimed.. ‘Hello, we see the common crow all over back home, what is wrong with you both” *gave us a stern “stop being children” look*
Me: Ahem, Ani, this is not a crow… this is a butterfly di.. it is called the Common Crow
Ani: Oops.. my bad, was wondering why you girls are gushing over the boring crow…
During our brief stay at the Coir Village Resort, we saw quite a few Butterflies, but i remember the Common Crow, which is quite uncommon in other parts of the country.. It became a game of sorts, we would keep a look out and start signalling for the others to join in whenever we spotted an interesting butterfly, bird, insect, or bug. At the end of the trip, we dint know who was a child, the actual 2 year old or us 4
The beautiful butterfly called ‘Common Indian crow” we saw quite a bit through our stay at the Coir Village Resort in Kerala.
The Common Crow is a glossy black butterfly with brown underside and little white marks along the outer margins of the wing. The wingspan is about 8-9 cm and the body also has prominent white spots that you cant miss.
Wiki: It is found everywhere in India, right up into the mountains till 8000 feet. Occasionally it swarms in the low, wet jungles of South India due to the abundance of its food plants which are spread over three orders of plants.