Argyreus hyperbius, Indian Fritillary, Nymphalidae

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Argyreus hyperbius, Indian Fritillary, Nymphalidae

Argyreus-hyperbius-00

Native South East Asia   Wingspan 6-8 cm

Similar species
The male resembles the Common Leopard, but is much larger. The female resembles the Plain Tiger.
A high elevation species that occurs above 3000 feet. It is not uncommon along the edges of tea fields bordering forests that support its larval food plant violet.
The male is more abundant than the female and may be seen day after day in the same location. It often settles on gravel roads through forests. Its flight is very similar to that of the Common Leopard. However, unlike like the Common Leopard, it does not incessantly move its wings when settled. The female flies slower than the male and mimics the Plain Tiger. This is a hill topping species and may be seen in fair numbers on top of hills.
The eggs are laid singly on the leaves of violet, which is its only known larval food plant.

Caterpillar feed on:  

Viola-betonicifolia

Viola-odorata

Viola betonicifolia

Viola odorata

 

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