Tajuria cippus, Peacock Royal, Lycaenidae

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Tajuria cippus, Peacock Royal, Lycaenidae

Tajuria-cippus-00

Native South East Asia    Wingspan 5-6 cm

The Peacock Royal is one of three species of the genus Tajuria which can be found in Singapore in recent years. It is the most frequently encountered of the genus. Its caterpillar feeds on Loranthus and Dendropthoe, parasitic plants which grow on mature trees. The butterfly is a fast-flyer, but is often found feeding at flowering bushes and trees. The upperside of the male is a beautiful royal blue with a broad black apical border on the forewing. The female is a light pale blue with a series of black post-discal striae. The underside is a silvery grey with post discal series of dark striae on both wings. The tornal spots are orange-crowned and both sexes possess two pairs of tails.
The caterpillar is dark brown with irregular pinkish grey areas between the shoulders and waist. The pupa is attached by the cremaster and is suspended head downwards.

Caterpillar feed on:

Macrosolen-cochinchinensis

Scurrula-parasitica

Macrosolen cochinchinensis

Scurrula parasitica

Dendropthoe-falcata

Loranthus-odoratus

Dendropthoe falcata

Loranthus odoratus

 

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