Butterflies on Campus

Has anyone noticed the beautiful butterflies that are frequenting the garden outside of the Middle School Field? I probably wouldn’t have seen them myself just walking around the campus. Dr. Frazier had his camera out and was zooming in close to snap a few pictures with two of his students. This caused me to slow down and observe the garden more closely. We are very fortunate to be learning on a campus with such incredible nature. I always enjoy reading Dr. Frazier’s communications to the school community about the trees that are in bloom, or the species that co-exist with us here at AES. I’ll share his most recent blurb about the butterfly garden that was started by students.

“Toward the end of the last school year, a section of Science 7 presented a proposal to the administrative team to establish a butterfly patch on the school yard. With their own research and with some consultation from naturalists with the Conservation Education Centre / Bombay Natural History Society at Asola Wildlife Sanctuary, the choice was made to establish nectar and larval host plants near the waterfall area at Gate 2. Plantings were done in July and will continue. Yesterday on the way back from our first evacuation drill, a student who was in the class that wrote the proposal spotted a Red Pierrot <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talicada_nyseus>. The amaranth flowers are said to be a favorite nectar plant for the RP and bryophyllum, which has been planted in the patch, is a host plant species for RP larvae. (Many, many thanks to the facilities team and gardening staff for enhancing the educational, environmental, and aesthetic value of our lovely campus.) If anyone is so inclined, please do note any butterfly species you see on the campus, and send pictures. It would be good to monitor the diversity.” 

Dr. Richard Frazier