General Characteristics of the Silverlines (Genus Spindasis)

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  • This is an easily recognizable group of butterflies with distinctive markings and coloration. The underside ground colour  is gold, yellow, brown or reddish. The foreground is studded with rows of sausage shaped markings that carry beautiful silver linings at the center and hence the name Silverline. The bands are red, orange or brown, and are often edged with black.
  • The upper side of the forewing is a dull sooty black or very dark brown with orange markings towards the apical area.
  • Most males have a brilliant shot-blue on the upper side of the hind wings which is entirely lacking in the females. The wings of the females are rounder than the males.
  • The prominent protruding tornus is orange to orange brown in colour and carries two tails of equal length. 
  • They all fly fast, and in fact so fast that they are quite difficult to follow in flight, even in bright sun. Day after day, they may be seen in the same area. The all have the habit of basking in the sun with their wings partly open, often just enough for one to get a glance at the brilliant blue. 
  • The larvae are always attended by Crematogaster ants.

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