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Common Palmfly (female)

Elymnias hypermnestra


Female: Its upper side resembles that of the Common Tiger. Its basal parts are orange coloured, while the surrounding areas are dark brown. The forewing has a broad white sub-apical band and it extends in the form of spots along the outer margin. The hindwing has a distal row of distinct white spots. The underside is similar to that of the male but is lighter in colour and often reveals traces of white markings on the upper surface.


Lateral basking on a Brunfelsia pauciflora leaf in my backyard.


Though the female mimics the Tiger, it never perches with open wings to expose its colour pattern. Common in open vegetation throughout the low lands, it is abundant in coconut plantations.

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Rithmini Dinhara
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Rithmini Dinhara

Nugegoda, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Aug 3, 2021
Submitted on Aug 8, 2021

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