06 August 2013

Butterflies Galore! : Leopard

Butterflies Galore! 
The Leopard (Phalanta phalantha phalantha)

This active and always on the move bright orange butterfly is common and is found mainly in urban parks and gardens where its caterpillar host plants - Salix babylonica (Weeping Willow) and Flacourtia inermis (Rukam assam) grows. The butterfly is fast flying and often feeds and moves quickly with half-opened wings. It is believed to be a relative of the temperate-climate Fritillary butterflies.

This Leopard was photographed by ButterflyCircle member Sunny Chir. It is shown here displaying the underside of its wings, which appears with a purplish wash when seen in sidelight. It is feeding on the ruby-red flower of the Leea rubra.