Pareronia ceylanica, Felder
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Status, distribution and habitat
The female is more retiring and often stays in the vicinity of the larval host plants, and is rarely seen flying about in the company of the males. When flying through open spaces, which it does from time to time, it mimics the flight of the 'blue tigers' so well that it requires an experienced observer to identify the cheat, mostly because of its ability to come up with many different identities - some look like the Blue Tiger, others like the Glassy Tiger and so on. The females are much easier to observe and identify when they are around their larval host plant.
The eggs are laid in batches on the underside of older leaves. Surprisingly, the newly emerged larva seems to feed on these old leathery leaves without much difficulty. During the day it remains well camouflaged and safe from predators by resting quietly along the midrib of a leaf. It moves about to feed only after sundown. Pupation occurs not far from its feeding site and is often on the same vine.
Larval host plants: Cappariz zeylanica is the preferred host in the island though it also uses other members of the Capparidaceae.
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