The Danaid Eggfly

Yep- another one on butterflies.

To be honest, I had never even heard of the Danaid Eggfly until I actually saw it this last weekend. I was quite drawn to it because of how the butterfly looked completely different- and I mean totally completely different when looked at from the top and when looked at from the inside. Almost like a person who has two completely different personalities.

Danaid Eggfly- from the top
Danaid Eggfly- from the top. Photographed Covelong, Chennai, July 2014
View of the Underwing- Danaid Eggfly- pokes random blade of grass in the foreground
View of the Underwing- Danaid Eggfly- pokes random blade of grass in the foreground

When I did some research I also found that the females of this species come in different forms- some look like their male counterparts whereas others look like Tiger or Monarch butterflies (who incidentally are toxic to certain predators because of the alkaloids they eat when they are caterpillars- hence the interest in other species to mimic them so predators avoid them thinking “Ugh! Food poisoning”.

Fascinating, dontchathink?

Oh and btw their scientific name is Hypolimnas Misippus.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Nirmala says:

    Amazing! Thanks for the info

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you for reading through!

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