It is brown with numerous eye-spots as well as black and lemon-yellow spots and lines on the upperside of the wings. The underside is a dull brown, with a number of wavy lines and spots in varying shades of brown and black. There is also an eyespot on the lower side of the forewing.
common nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia. It is found in gardens, fallow land, and open wooded areas
I spotted this in Sai Yok National Park. I saw these butterflies in a few parks in Asia but had trouble photographing them. They never stayed still for long. When I spotted this one I was determined to capture it. I followed it for a while. It would land and then fly off again but I stayed with it. Finally it landed and seemed to stay put. It had its wings closed and would only open them occasionally. So I kneeled down and hovered over it, camera ready for about 10 minutes and snapped dozens of photos before I finally caught the decent image you see here.