Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Common Palm Fly

Common Palm Fly - Elymnias hypermnestra

Common Palm Fly
Common Palm Fly


Common Palm Fly Butterfly
Common Palm Fly Butterfly


Egg of Common Palm Fly Butterfly
Egg of Common Palm Fly Butterfly


Caterpillar of Common Palm Fly Butterfly
Caterpillar of Common Palm Fly Butterfly

Monday, June 25, 2012

Danaid Eggfly

Danaid Eggfly - Hypolimnas misippus Linnaeus

Wingspan 70-85mm.

Danaid Eggfly Butterfly
Danaid Eggfly Butterfly

Danaid Eggfly Butterfly
Danaid Eggfly Butterfly



Larva Host Plants

Portulaca oleracea and Asystacia lawiana

Abelmoschus sp., Abutilon sp., Barleria cristata and Hibiscus sp. (Acanthaceae, Malvaceae and Portulacaceae)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Chocolate Pansy

Chocolate Pansy - Precis iphita Cramer

chocolate brown butterfly with dark markings. A very active butterfly.

Chocolate Pansy Butterfly
Chocolate Pansy Butterfly

Chocolate Pansy Butterfly
Chocolate Pansy Butterfly

Chocolate Pansy Butterfly
Chocolate Pansy Butterfly



Friday, June 22, 2012

Great Orange Tip

Great Orange Tip - Hebomoea glaucippe Linnaeus

Wingspan: 80-100mm.

It is the largest of the orange tips and is a strong and fast flier.



Great Orange Tip Butterfly
Great Orange Tip Butterfly



Caterpillar of Great Orange Tip Butterfly
Caterpillar of Great Orange Tip Butterfly


Larva Host Plants

Capparaceae - Capparis decidua, Capparis divaricata, Capparis grandis and Capparis sepiaria.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Common Sailor

Common Sailor - Neptis hylas Moore

Wingspan: 50-60mm.

Black butterfly with two white bands.
Common Sailor Butterfly
Common Sailor Butterfly

Common Sailor Butterfly
Common Sailor Butterfly


Common Sailor Butterfly
Common Sailor Butterfly



Larva Host Plants

Bombax ceiba, Canavalia gladiata, Corchorus sp, Flemingia sp, Grewia sp, Helicteres isora, Lathyrus sp, Mucuna purpurea, Nothapodytes nimmoniana, Paracalyx scariosa, Triumfetta sp, Vigna cylindrica, Vigna unguiculata and Xylia xylocarpa.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Grey Count



Grey Count - Tanaecia lepidea Butler

Wingspan: 65-80mm.

Dark brown butterfly with a bronze color shade.

Grey Count Butterfly
Grey Count Butterfly

Caterpillar has branched spines.
Caterpillar of Grey Count Butterfly
Caterpillar of Grey Count Butterfly

Pupa of Grey Count Butterfly
Pupa of Grey Count Butterfly

Pupa has golden spots.
Pupa of Grey Count Butterfly
Pupa of Grey Count Butterfly


Gery Count Butterfly Emerging From Pupa
Gery Count Butterfly Emerging From Pupa


Larva Host Plants

Careya arborea and Melastoma malabathricum

Melastoma malabathricum Host Plant of Grey Count Butterfly
Melastoma malabathricum Host Plant of Grey Count Butterfly

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lemon Pansy

Lemon Pansy - Junonia lemonias Linnaeus

Lemon Pansy Butterfly
Lemon Pansy Butterfly


Wingspan: 45-60mm.

Brown butterfly with eye spots and black and lemon yellow spots and lines.

Eggs are laid on underside of leaves and is green in color and barrel shaped.
Caterpillar is black with a blue tint and  is cylindrical in shape.

Larva Host Plants

Acanthaceae, Malvaceae and Tiliaceae. Barleria spp. Cannabis sativa, Corchorus capsularis, Hygrophila auriculata, Nelsonia canescens and Sida rhombifolia.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Grey Pansy

Grey Pansy - Junonia atlites Linnaeus

Grey Pansy Butterfly
Grey Pansy Butterfly

Creamish grey butterfly with brown lines and a row of black spots near the wing margin.

Wingspan:45-60mm

Grey Pansy Butterfly
Grey Pansy Butterfly



Caterpillar of Grey Pansy Butterfly
Caterpillar of Grey Pansy Butterfly


Pupa of Grey Pansy Butterfly
Pupa of Grey Pansy Butterfly




Larva Host Plants

Acanthaceae, Malvaceae and Tiliaceae

Barleria spp., Cannabis sativa, Corchorus capsularis, Hygrophila auriculata, Nelsonia canescens and Sida rhombifolia.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Commander

Commander - Moduza procris Cramer


Wingspan: 60-75mm

A very colorful butterfly. It is also a common species.
Commander Butterfly
Commander Butterfly
Caterpillar is dark brown in color.
Caterpillar of Commander Butterfly
Caterpillar of Commander Butterfly


Caterpillar of Commander Butterfly
Caterpillar of Commander Butterfly
Commander Butterfly Pupa
Commander Butterfly Pupa

Pupa of commander butterfly
Pupa of commander butterfly



Pupa looks similar to a dry leaf and is difficult to spot.

Larva Host Plants

Neolamarckia cadamba and cinchona, Cadaba fruticosa, hedyotis orixense, Mitragyna parvifolia, Mussaenda frondosa, Ochreinauclea missionis, Wendlandia exserta and Wendlandia thyrsoidea (Capparaceae and Rubiaceae)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Southern Rustic

Rustic - Cupha erymanthis Drury


Wingspan: 50-60mm


Rustic Butterfly
Rustic Butterfly
A yellowish brown butterfly with white and dark brown markings.
Is found in all types of forests and is active throughout the year.



Southern Rustic Butterfly
Southern Rustic Butterfly




Caterpillar of Southern Rustic Butterfly
Caterpillar of Southern Rustic Butterfly


Caterpillar of Southern Rustic Butterfly
Caterpillar of Southern Rustic Butterfly

Caterpillar of Southern Rustic Butterfly
Caterpillar of Southern Rustic Butterfly



Larva Host Plants

Flacourtia montana and Flacourtia indica (Flacourtiaceae).

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