Family : Nymphalidae
Genus : Hypolimnas
Local host plants : Minnie Root (Ruellia tuberosa, Acanthaceae), Chinese Violet (Asystasia gangetica, Acanthaceae)
Location : Divulapitiya, Sri Lanka.
Danaid Eggfly (Hypolimnas misippus), a member of family Nymphalidae, is well known for its mimicry and polymorphism (biology). Male butterflies are having distinct white spots with bluish outline. Female butterflies are having different forms and some mimic plain tiger butterflies. The head and thorax regions are filled with white spots in black base and antennae is black in color.
|Danaid eggfly male butterfly|
|Danaid Eggfly Male Underside|
The male Danaid Eggfly butterflies usually prefer to bask on ground or perch with wings half to fully opened. The male butterfly waits for female butterflies who passing them and chase until the female butterfly accepts it.
|Danaid Eggfly Upperside|
|Danaid Eggfly Open Wing|