Saturday, June 26, 2010

Common Tiger (Danaus genutia)

It is a common butterfly of all over the island all the year round but less common over 4000ft. The sexes are similar but the male has the scent-pouch on the hind wind which is more prominent in the under side as can be seen in the picture. Larva feeds on various plants of the family Ascepiadaceae mostly කන් කුඹල [Kan-kumbala ](Asclephias curassavica & Cynanchum tunicatum). Migratory species and it join on limited extends in the plights. The female of this butterfly is mimicked by the females of Common Palmfly (Elymnias hypermnestra) and Indian Fritillary(Argynnis hyperbius)

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