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Indian Fritillary male

Argynnis hyperbius


The Indian Fritillary (Argynnis hyperbius) is butterfly of the Nymphalid or brush-footed butterfly family.


Western Himalayas.


This butterfly was rescued from behind the window. I have rescued many moths and butterflies and when I am about to make them go away they stay on my hand and feed on the sweat on my fingers. Of course they need minerals from anywhere they can get them. This one stayed as long as 15-20 mins and went away only when my mother came to talk to me. I guess that scared it.

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Indian Fritillary - male
Argynnis hyperbius Argynnis hyperbius

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SaswatMishra 3 years ago

Please add every great spotting made in INDIA in this mission. Thank you

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 5 years ago

Thanks Dan. :)

dandoucette 5 years ago

Sweet spotting! Excellent series.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thanks Mona. :)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 6 years ago

Beautiful series :)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

It's the sweat. ;-)

injica 6 years ago

Fritillaries are so cool :) can't believe it was so still on your finger-wonderful!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thanks Adarsha.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Nice series!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thank you, IreneBA.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thanks bherath20.

IreneBA 6 years ago

cool !!!!
great pic!!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Haha. Thank you Nuwan. You have been correcting many of my butterfly IDs lately. :) Those two looked so similar! I could see the under-wing and the fore-wing margins were different but I went on to Id it all wrong. I am not going to Id another butterfly when I am confused. I will wait for your suggestion.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

really beautiful

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Oh yes! I have experienced it more than 5 times. Photographed just once. I guess you wrote the comment when I was updating the notes. :) And trust me dutta you can even feel their proboscis moving on hand. :)

duttagupta35504 6 years ago

Did you know that butterflies land on you to suck up your sweat and 'nutrients', except you can barely feel their proboscis... basically they land on you to eat you.
Butterflies are carnivores! Great picture.

Harsha Singh
Spotted by
Harsha Singh

Himachal Pradesh, India

Lat: 32.50, Long: 76.50

Spotted on Jul 22, 2013
Submitted on Jul 24, 2013

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