Friends in my garden- 68

An Assortment of Butterflies

Blue tiger butterfly

Today, let us enjoy the beauty of these butterflies.
The common names of some of these butterflies may be funny. These are delicate critters, and the name ‘tiger’ is a misnomer, as far as common people like us are concerned.
Blue tiger butterflies (Tirumala limniace) are migratory in nature. Here, it is feeding on a Periwinkle flower in my garden.
This Plain tiger butterfly (Danaus chrysippus) is a male, identifiable due to the presence of a white pouch. This pouch is seen on the underside of the hind wings in a black patch.
The Common crow butterflies (Euploea core) have dull brown wings with white spots.
Great eggfly or Common eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina) is seen feeding on sandalwood flowers, behind my house. In males wings are black or dark brown with white marks. Females are colourful.

Plain tiger butterfly
Common crow butterfly
Great eggfly

Friends in My Garden- 13

Plain Tiger Butterfly

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Plain Tiger Butterfly- Male

I wonder why these delicate darlings, I mean butterflies, are given names of other animals! May be there is a reason.

Plain tiger (Danaus chrysippus) is a colourful butterfly that shows sexual dimorphism; the males have a white pouch on the underside of the hind wings. It is a cluster of specialized scent scales used to attract females. This difference can be clearly seen in the images here.

Also known as African monarch, these butterfly are widespread in Asia and Africa. The plain tiger is believed to be one of the first butterflies to be used in art.

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The female of the species

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She settled down on my cloth line

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Flying away…like a dream