A female Jewel Four-Line Blue oviposting on its host plant, and the leaves of the host plant of this species.
The Green Imperial (Manto hypoleuca terana)
This species appears superficially similar to the Grand Imperial (Neocheritra amrita amrita) and the Great Imperial (Jacoona anasuja anasuja). However, the Green Imperial has a wider suffusion of orange on the hindwing below, almost reaching the dorsal margin of the hindwing below, unlike the other two species, particularly in the males. That the post-discal striae reach vein 6 on the hindwings also reaffirms this species identification.
Photographed at the edge of the nature reserves feeding on the flowers of the Yellow Cane Palm (Dypsis lutescens), the fortunate encounter has confirmed the existence of this rare Lycaenid in Singapore, and the species Green Imperial (Manto hypoleuca terana) has been reinstated to the Singapore Butterfly checklist as species # 284.
Text by Khew SK : Photos by Khew SK & Horace Tan