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English Name : Danaid Eggfly
Family : Nymphalidae (Brush footed)
Scientific Name : Hypolimnas misippus Linnaeus, 1764
Wing Span (Size) 70 -85 mm
Description : The male is jet-black above, which is thrown into contrast by two glistening white oval spots – a large spot on the hind wing and small one on the forewing. Near the tip of the forewing is another smaller white spot. The underside is light rusty-brown with a golden-yellow tinge. A broad white band on the hind wing and a narrow one on the forewing are distinct. The female is tawny with the apex of forewing colored black and with a white band. The borders of the hind wings are black with a series of wavier marginal white lunules. The underside is similar but paler. This butterfly is a superb example of sexual dimorphism. The female mimics (Batesian mimicry) Plain Tiger butterfly, which is unpalatable due to presence of toxins, hence model.
Habits & Habitats : Strong fast flight. Territorial in nature. Prefers flowers. Fond of basking. Seen in countryside, forest tracks and edges of streams. It is a fairly common butterfly in
Distribution : Throughout India
Larval Host Plants: Asystasia lawiana, Barleria cristata, Abelmoschus sp., Hibiscus sp.
Best Seen In : March to May, mostly during monsoon, November
Status : Common, Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972
References :
  1. Ghatak, Sumita & Arjan Basu Rai (2013)(Edited & Compiled). A Pictorial Guide – Butterflies of Gorumara National Park, Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife Division-II, Aranya Bhawan, Jalpaigudi, W.B.
  2. Haribal, Meena. The Butterflies of Sikkim Himalaya and Their Natural History. Sikkim Nature Conservation Foundation, Gangtok, Sikkim.
  3. Kunte, Krushnamegh (2000). India-A Lifescape Butterflies of Peninsular India. University Press, Hyderabad, A.P.
  4. Singh, Arun Pratap (2011). Butterflies of India, Om Books International, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
  5. Sondhi, Sanjay, Krushnamegh Kunte, Gaurav Agavekar, Rohan Lovelekar & Kedar Tokekar (2013).Butterflies of the Garo Hills, Samrakshan Trust (New Delhi), Titli Trust (Dehradun) & Indian Foundation for Butterflies (Bengaluru). Xvi+200pp.
  6. Wynter-Blyth, M.A. (1957). Butterflies of the Indian Region. Bombay Natural History Society, Bombay.

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