Tirumala limniace, Blue Tiger, Danaidae

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Tirumala limniace, Blue Tiger, Danaidae

Tirumala-limniace-00

Native South East Asia  Wingspan 9.5-10.5 cm

Sexes are similar. It flies at all heights, but seldom above ten to fifteen feet above ground. It has a characteristic slow meandering flight and moves forward with a few wing beats followed by a spell of gliding. The wings are held in a ‘V’ shaped angle during the glide. It is attracted to a wide variety of wild flowers but avoids most ornamentals. The males visit wet soil and muddy patches, though infrequently. In the evenings, they roost in large numbers inside the canopy of trees by hanging onto dead twigs or small bare branches.
When foraging, the males are irresistibly attracted in large numbers to dead plant parts of Heliotropium indicum or the pods of Crotalaria pallida. Once settled, they are quite inconspicuous. When surprised they take to the air, their wings often hitting against each other or the vegetation to produce a rustling sound. But they seldom fly far. While feeding, they frequently open and close their wings in a slow and controlled manner. The reason for this is unknown. It joins migratory flights.

Favourite flowers

Heliotropium-indicum

Crotalaria-pallida

Heliotropium indicum

Crotalaria pallida

Chromolaena-odorata

Chromolaena odorata

Caterpillar feed on

 

 

Asclepias-curassavica

Calotropis

Asclepias curassavica

Calotropis gigantea

Dregea-volubilis

Crotalaria-pallida

Dregea volubilis

Crotalaria pallida

Glycine-max

Heterostemma-brownii..

Glycine max

Heterostemma brownii

 

 

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