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Common Jay

Graphium doson


The Common Jay (Graphium doson) is a black, tropical papilionid butterfly with pale blue semi-transparent central wing bands that are formed by large spots. There is a marginal series of smaller spots. The underside of wings is brown with markings similar to upperside but whitish in color. The sexes look alike. The Common Jay is active throughout the day and constantly on the move; it rarely settles down. Its flight is swift and straight. SOURCE: Wikipedia


Seen in my garden in Tamil Nadu, India. Common in thick, riparian, moist, deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen forests.


It's getting HOT here, but still lots of butterflies around! It's the first time I've seen this butterfly, though.

1 species ID suggestions

Common Jay
Graphium doson Graphium doson


Arun 6 years ago

Nice spotting !!!

LauraFlores 6 years ago

Just beautiful!

pamsai 6 years ago

I'd like to get a shot with open wings!

pamsai 6 years ago

thanks Nuwan for then ID. This must be the butterfly I have seen racing around my garden, with flashes of brilliant blue on the upper wings. Lucky to find one settled...

Tamil Nadu, India

Lat: 12.23, Long: 79.07

Spotted on Apr 22, 2012
Submitted on Apr 22, 2012


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