Come November my farm plays host to scores of butterflies. As the sun rises on the horizon they come to settle on my lone rattlepod plant. The plant has grown over 10ft high. It had fallen following wind and rains in September. But now stands supported by a bamboo pole, right as one enters the farm.
So far I have been able to identify only two of them, viceroy and monarch.
Butterflies use sunlight to regulate their body temperature. They need sunlight to keep themselves warm, but the outside temperature can also become too hot for them. As the sun rises their numbers decrease and by noon one can sight only a couple or two.