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Striped Albatross

Appias Libythea


Above, the wings are white with a dentate black border in the male, and heavily black dusted with several broad white streaks and a series of yellow submarginal spots on the forewing in the female. Beneath, the wings are white in the male and yellow dusted in the female. The veins are dark dusted. A yellow basal streak, broader and longer in the female than in the male, lies along the costa on each hindwing.


Although common in countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the Striped Albatross only established itself in Singapore and Malaysia about 70 years ago. The species has become rather common due to the widespread occurrence of its local host plant, Cleome rutidosperma, which is a weed found in many areas.


It seems that Striped Albatross is mainly found in India & Indochina (Peninsular SEA), but I spotted this specimen in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, I hope the ID is correct.

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Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Spotted on Sep 3, 2016
Submitted on Sep 10, 2016

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