|Danaid Eggfly - Hypolimnas misipus, Linnaeus|
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male Danaid Eggfly
The males are sooty black above with two oval white patches, one on the forewing and the other on the hind wing. There is another smaller white patch below the apex of the forewing. All of them are surrounded by a gorgeous iridescent royal blue band which also extends partway towards the center of the white patches. The undersides are a beautiful rusty brown with white bands towards the center of each wing.
The second form inaria is quite rare in the island and does not have the black band below the apex of the forewing, but is otherwise is similar to the normal form. Interestingly, this form also mimics the Plain Tiger, but it mimics the equally rare form of the Plain Tiger, dorripus, quite an extraordinary case of co-evolution.
Plain Tiger - It has black markings at the center of the hind wing and has smooth wing margins, not wavy.
Status, distribution and habitat
The female behaviour is quite different. It wanders about a great deal in search of its larval food plant or mates, and is rarely seen in the company of the males, except during courtship and mating. Although its flight is slow and leisurely like that of the Plain Tiger, it flies much lower to the ground. When alarmed, it reverts to a typical fast nymphalid fight to escape its enemies.
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