Vindula erota, Cruiser, Nymphalidae

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 Vindula erota, Cruiser, Nymphalidae

Vindula-erota-00

Native South East Asia   Wingspan 8-10  cm

It rarely visits home gardens or cultivated areas, unless they are in very close proximity to a forest. In the dry zone, it may be found in riparian forests and at the foot hills but rarely elsewhere. March and April are the best times to see it in the wet zone, while October and November are the best times in the intermediate and dry zones. The female is quite scarce and retiring.
This is a very striking butterfly that gets your attention very quickly. It exploits all levels of the forest and may be seen nectaring on blooms high up in the canopy, on flowers of small trees or shrubs, or on wild flowers in forest glades. It has the habit of continuously opening and closings its wings as it feeds on nectar. The males often settle on wet soil, bird droppings and carrion. The males hill-top, especially in hills and hillocks that are scattered in the intermediate and dry zones.
The larvae feed on Adenia hondala, a member of the passion family. Its fruits are poisonous to humans. .

Caterpillar feed on:

Adenia-hondala

Adenia hondala

 

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