Butterflies and Moths of Sri Lanka

Family Danaidae Milkweed butterflies / Tigers and Crows


       
Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus, Linnaeus
 
Plain Tiger   DISTRIBUTION
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Arid, dry and intermediate zones
  SIMILAR SPECIES
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Female Danaid Eggfly
  STATUS
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Common
  HABITS
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Slow flight. Unpalatable 
  FEEDING PLANTS
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Calotropis gigantea [S - Wara]
  LAVA
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  PUPA
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Common Tiger Danaus genutia, Cramer
 
CommonTiger   DISTRIBUTION
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Common below 3000 feet elevation
  SIMILAR SPECIES
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Female Common Palmfly
  STATUS
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Common
  HABITS
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Unpalatable
  FEEDING PLANTS
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Ceropegia buchanani
  LAVA
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Black-Yellow
  PUPA
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green or gold in colour
 
 
 
   
           
Common Indian Crow Euploea core asela, Moore
 
Common Idsian crow   DISTRIBUTION
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Almost anywhere 
  SIMILAR SPECIES
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Brown King Crow, Double Banded Crow, Great Crow, female Great Eggfly and male Common Palmfly
     
  STATUS
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Very Common
  HABITS
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Poisonous
  FEEDING PLANTS
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species of FicusNerium ..
  LAVA
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  PUPA
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Yellow to Gold incolour
 
   
           
Ceylon Tree Nymph* Idea iasonia, Westwood
 
Ceylon Tree Nymph   DISTRIBUTION
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Wet zone below 5000 feet and some scatered colonies in dry zone
  SIMILAR SPECIES
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None in the island
  STATUS
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Common
  HABITS
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slow hovering or sailing flight
  FEEDING PLANTS
-
  LAVA
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cylindrical black and white rings with lateral red spots
   
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PUPA
 
   
           
Glassy Tiger Parantica aglea, Stoll
 
Ceylon Tree Nymph   DISTRIBUTION
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below 5000 feet
  SIMILAR SPECIES
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Blue Tiger, Dark Blue Tiger, Female Dark Wanderer and Common Mime
  STATUS
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Very Common
  HABITS
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Poisonous
  FEEDING PLANTS
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Tylophora indicaCryptolepsis buchanani and Calotropis
  LAVA
-
 
  PUPA
-
 
 
 
 
   
           
Ceylon Tiger* Parantica taprobana, Felder
 
Ceylon Tree Nymph   DISTRIBUTION
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Mountain forests above 3000 
  SIMILAR SPECIES
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None
  STATUS
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Common, Endemic
  HABITS
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Fly faster high in the canopy
  FEEDING PLANTS
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Ceropegia thwaitesei
  LAVA
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Cylindrical blue-blck with yellow and white spots
  PUPA
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Blue Tiger Tirumala limniace leopardus , Butler
 
Blue Tiger   DISTRIBUTION
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Lower elevations
  SIMILAR SPECIES
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Dark Blue Tiger, Glassy Blue Tiger, Glassy Tiger, Female Dark Wanderer and Common Mime
  STATUS
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Very common
  HABITS
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Poisonous
  FEEDING PLANTS
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Calotropis gigantea [Wara], Wattakaka volubilisTylophora indica
   
-
  LAVA
-
 
  PUPA
 
   
   
           
Dark Blue Tiger Tirumala septentrionis  musikanos , Fruhstorfer
 
Dark Blue Tiger   DISTRIBUTION
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All over the island, common in lower elevations
  SIMILAR SPECIES
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Blue Tiger, Glassy Tiger, Blue Glassy Tiger, Female Dark Wanderer and Common Mime
 
     
  STATUS
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Common
  HABITS
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unpalatable 
  FEEDING PLANTS
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no records in Sri Lanka
 
 
 
   

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