Hypolimnas bolina, Great Eggfly, Nymphalidae

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

 Hypolimnas bolina, Great Eggfly, Nymphalidae

Hypolimnas-bolina-00

Native South East Asia   Wingspan 6.5-10 cm

 In the males, the oval white patches on the upper sides are suffused with a beautiful iridescent royal blue. It is striking when viewed in bright light and with the proper wing orientation. The females lack the bold white markings above, but have a steely blue streak below the apex towards the front margin.
The underside of both sexes are similar, but are very variable in the width of the bands and markings. The ground colour is light brown and there is a diffuse purplish band at the center of the hind wing which runs from the lower margin to the front margin.
Similar species: Male Danaid Eggfly – It is a much smaller species and the upper sides are black or nearly so, but the rest of the markings are very similar. However, the underside is very different – it is a rusty brown with broad white bands.
It is capable of very swift flight when alarmed. The males are territorial and love to sit at a premium location along a forest path, or the opening to a glade, and spend much of their time waiting for females to come by. They frequently inspect those passing by going after them, but soon come back to take charge of the area.They frequent flowers for nectar but do not mud-sip or feed on rotting plant food sources.

Favourite flowers

Lantana

Lantana

Caterpillar feed on:

Fleurya-interrupta Ipomoea-batatas

Fleurya interrupta Ipomoea batatas

Pseuderanthemum-variabile Sida-rhombifolia

Pseuderanthemum variabile Sida rhombifolia

Synedrella-nodiflora

Synedrella nodiflora

 

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