Hypolimnas misipus, Danaid Eggfly, Nymphalidae

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 Hypolimnas misipus, Danaid Eggfly, Nymphalidae


Native South East Asia   Wingspan 6.5-7.5 cm

The sexes are dissimilar. Both sexes have distinctly wavy wing margins.
Similar species
Male Great Eggfly – A much larger species and though the upperside looks very similar, the underside is a pale brown without any of the rich brown colour of the Danaid Eggfly.
Plain Tiger – It has black markings at the center of the hind wing and has smooth wing margins, not wavy.
It occurs below 2000 feet elevation and is commonest in the dry and intermediate zones.It prefers open scrub jungle and well-lit openings.The female is less abundant than the male and is also frequently misidentified due to its resemblance to the Plain Tiger.
The male has a strong flight and often settles on vegetation close to the ground, on bushes or small trees. From such vantage points, it gives chase to passing butterflies to check out for females, often returning to the same perch or one close by if courtship fails. It remains in the same location for a few days before moving on in search of more suitable locations. It seems to take no notice of flowers.
The female behaviour is quite different. It wanders about a great deal in search of its larval food plant or mates, and is rarely seen in the company of the males, except during courtship and mating. Although its flight is slow and leisurely like that of the Plain Tiger, it flies much lower to the ground. When alarmed, it reverts to a typical fast nymphalid fight to escape its enemies.
The larvae feed on plants belonging to the family Acanthaceae. Portulaca oleraceae and Asystasia gangetica are the most widely used plants. .

Caterpillar feed on:

Asystasia-gangetica Portulaca-oleracea

Asystasia gangetica Portulaca oleracea

Pseuderanthemum variabile


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