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Monkey Puzzle Butterfly

Rathinda amor


Mottled colours of brown, black, mustard yellow and white. Eyespots and tails present too.


About 2 hours drive from Kolkata city (coordinates) there is a small village called Deulia. A 10th century brick temple is located here. The temple has a nice garden. This butterfly was spotted in the garden.


I know there is a plant called Monkey Puzzle and I wondered why this butterfly is so named. Wikipedia says, Its method of alighting is interesting - as soon as it lands, it turns around and waggles its tail filaments, it also sidesteps for a while - all this is apparently to confuse a predator as to which side is the head. This is a likely reason that the first naturalists may have named the species the Monkey Puzzle. "

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Nov 27, 2016
Submitted on Nov 28, 2016

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