Dark Blue Tiger (Tirumala septentrionis)


 
Living image of a Dark Blue Tiger (side view)
Living image of a Dark Blue Tiger (dorsal view
Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: Asia. Southeast Asia, India, Sri Lanka, and Western China.
 
Wingspan: 70-85mm.
 
Larval host plants: Asclepiadaceae, Vallaris dichotoma, Heterostemma browni, Cocculus spp.
 
Habitats: Tropical forest.
 
Identification: Dark brown on both forewing and hindwing, with a distinctive pattern of light blue lines and spots. Males have scent patches on the hindwings.
 


Thumbnail of a Dark Blue Tiger, Dorsal View
Dark Blue Tiger,
Dorsal View
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Thumbnail of a Dark Blue Tiger, Ventral View
Dark Blue Tiger,
Ventral View
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