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Common Mormon

Papilio polytes

Description:

Jet black butterfly with row of white spots along the middle part of hindwing. 90–100 mm.

Habitat:

The Common Mormon prefers lightly wooded country, but is present everywhere and high up into the hills. It is a regular visitor to gardens, being especially abundant in orchards of its foodplants - oranges and limes. It is most common in the monsoon and post-monsoon months.

Notes:

In India, this butterfly is considered as the classic example of Batesian Mimicry in which edible species resemble unpalatable butterflies in order to escape being eaten by predators.

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SuranjanMithra
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SuranjanMithra

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Nov 9, 2011
Submitted on Nov 9, 2011

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