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Two Butterflies

Lime butterfly

This time, two butterflies! These beauties were captured in my garden. Easy to shoot, as they are generally fond of enjoying the morning sunlight.

Lime butterfly (Papilio demoleus) is also known as Lemon butterfly and is a common visitor in gardens wherever the host plants of the species, Citrus plants, are cultivated. No wonder they are regular visitors in my garden! The common names suggest their host plant on which the life cycle is completed. Those who are interested can have a look at the stages of LIFE CYCLE that I captured in my garden.

Lemon pansy

Lemon pansy (Junonia lemonias) is a common species found in a wide variety of habitats and is distributed across India. It can be commonly seen in gardens, parks and wastelands.
The butterflies are usually seen in twos and threes, either basking on low foliage, or nectaring on flowers.
Though not brightly coloured, Lemon pansies are very beautiful with lovely designs on the wings. These butterflies do not use Citrus plants as their host plant.

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Butterflies of Nymphalidae

Neptis hylas

I have two butterflies here.
They look similar due to the wing designs, but are different. Maybe, we can say they are related as both belong to the same family, Nymphalidae.
The one with white markings on brown is Common sailor butterfly (Neptis hylas). This is a common species seen in Indian subcontinent. Here you can see the butterfly feeding on sandalwood flowers, on a tree behind my house.


Butterfly with orange markings is Common lascar butterfly (Pantoporia hordonia). It’s distribution in India is from the Himalayas to the Western Ghats.
The adults would typically open their wings fully when perching.
This is captured from my backyard.

Pantoporia hordonia