Sunday, May 27, 2012

Common Bluebottle

Common Bluebottle - Graphium sarpedon Linnaeus

 Blue bottle butterfly
 Blue bottle butterfly

Wingspan: 80-90mm.

Black butterfly with a greenish-blue central band.

Blue bottle is very common in evergreen and semi evergreen forests. very nervous butterfly and flies fast with fast wingbeats. spends most of its time in the canopy of tall trees.Males engage in mudpuddling.

Eggs of blue bottle butterflies are yellowish. Larva is black or dark green with spines.

Pupa is green with a slender and pointed thoracic projection, yellowish wing cases and lateral bands.

Larval Host Plants

Plants of family Lauraceae and Annonaceae

Alseodaphne semecarpifolia, Cinnamomum camphora, Cinnamomum macrocarpum, Cinnamomum malabatrum, Litsea chinensis, Miliusa tomentosa, Polyalthia longifolia and Persea macrantha.

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