Amathusia phidippus, Palm King, Amathusiidae

Written by on May 2, 2012 in Indonesia Butterfly with 0 Comments

Amathusia phidippus, Palm King, Amathusiidae

Amathusia-phidippus-00

Native South East Asia   Wingspan  5-6 cm

The Amathusia genus comprise a number of similar looking butterflies which are rather difficult to identify.All the species are similarly marked with the upper surface some shade of brown, whilst the undersurface is patterned with broad bands of reddish or cinnamon brown and narrower whitish bands. The hindwing has large submarginal ocelli.
The Palm King is crepuscular in habits and often enters lighted houses. It feeds on the coconut palm.

Favourite flowers: rotten fruit

Caterpillar feed on:

Cocos-nucifera

Borassus-flabellifer

Cocos nucifera

Borassus flabellifer

Nypa-fruticans

Nypa fruticans

 

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