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26 / Sep / 2012
A Rose by any other name…
Crimson Rose, Kabini Photograph: Sanket Reddy Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

A Rose by any other name…

For centuries, a rose has not just been a flower, but also a gallant substitute for words: the term sub-rosa (literally ‘under the rose’) means there’s more to the message than seems evident at first glance. When we receive red roses, we know someone loves us, and when we get a yellow bunch, we know it’s a love more fraternal, while pink roses are a symbol of gratitude. The last thing we expect, however, is for a rose to flit away as we reach across to pick it up. But that is what happens in the mystical jungles of Kabini! The Crimson Rose of Kabini is a beautiful Swallowtail butterfly that makes it seem that every plant and frond is blooming as he passes by, just like those Pixar animations so beloved of children and adults recessing temporarily to a more innocent age. He’s an elegant black knight with serial crimson markings on its hind wing that give an illusion of a flower in flight. His favourite hangout is the local Lantana bar, for the generous portions of ambrosia served during ‘happy hours’. He claims this nectar intake is required for increased egg production, but we’ve heard that story from all our friends who claim wine has medicinal properties, and beer is good for the skin! But while he unashamedly indulges his sweet tooth, he also ensures other predators don’t salivate while looking at him. His red body, the unique flight pattern and wing markings…all add up to a simple notice to potential predators: ‘Danger – Poison!’ The Crimson Rose is a not a shy wallflower…he’s a party animal who congregates with like-minded tribesmen in a migratory multitude and party-hops very long distances together, almost like an esoteric rose garden blanketing the landscape: a sight, we believe, would have left even the normally loquacious Juliet speechless.

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. Deepika Mally says:

    Title:- Life is very colourful.

  2. Jemcy L says:

    Wow..!!!!beautiful creation of God.It’s just awesome:):)

  3. SHOBANA MURALI says:

    My choice of honey

  4. Vishnu Karthick says:

    Black beauty

  5. Vishnu Karthick says:

    Perfect life with unlimited food

  6. Preeti R Doddamani says:

    The above article is so interesting and with so much of information about the destination and as well about the resort liked the photographs as well the description given by the writer is so mesmerizing that felt like packing my bags and visit the place as soon as possible

  7. devsnaren says:

    i long to vist orange county kabini

  8. devsnaren says:

    A rose a poisonous rose

  9. Bharathi Rajkumar says:

    Red Rose, romancing nature’s aura in a backdrop blended with soothing colors..

  10. Anita Swain says:

    Catch the Crimson Rose of Kabini…

  11. Anita Swain says:

    Butterfly Magic!

  12. Neeja says:

    Thank u for this valuable information, I so miss orange county kabini

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