Great Egg-fly (Hypolimnas bolina)


 
Living image of a Great Egg-fly on a leaf, side view Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: Asia. India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Malaysia and Indonesia.
 
Wingspan: 70 - 110 mm (2.75 - 4.5 in).
 
Larval host plants: Ficus spp.
 
Habitats: Tropical forest and lowlands.
 
Identification: Males are generally velvety black with purple-lined white patches in the middle of each wing. The larger females are black-brown with a complex pattern of white patches, with red orange patches on the forewing (lacking in some individuals). The forewings and hindwings of both sexes are outlined in wavy black and white fringe. The undersides of both sexes are generally brown with bands of white spots and branches.
 


Thumbnail of Great Egg-fly specimen, Dorsal View
Great Egg-fly Specimen,
Dorsal View
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Great Egg-fly Specimen,
Ventral View
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