Pareronia valeria, Common Wanderer, Pieridae

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

Pareronia valeria, Common Wanderer, Pieridae

Pareronia-valeria-00

Native South East Asia   Wingspan 6-8 cm

 The habits of the 2 sexes differ greatly. The male has a strong flight and flies relentlessly all day long in search of females and food, and hence its name, the Wanderer. It keeps low to the ground and flies in a hurried manner, stopping now and again to nectar on wild flowers or inspect a potential mate. While nectaring, it hangs on the flowers at an incline with half open wings and remains quite still. After feeding, it flies away for a while before visiting the next flower.
The female is more retiring and often stays in the vicinity of the larval host plants, and is rarely seen flying about in the company of the males. When flying through open spaces, which it does from time to time, it mimics the flight of the ‘blue tigers’ so well that it requires an experienced observer to identify the cheat, mostly because of its ability to come up with many different identities – some look like the Blue Tiger, others like the Glassy Tiger and so on. The females are much easier to observe and identify when they are around their larval host plant.

Caterpillar feed on:

Capparis moonii

Capparis-spinosa

Capparis sepiaria Capparis spinosa

 

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