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Common Jezebel

Delias eucharis


The Common Jezebel (Delias eucharis) is a medium sized pierid butterfly found in many areas of South and Southeast Asia, especially in the non-arid regions of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. The Common Jezebel is one of the most common species in the genus Delias.


Generally found all over India, except in the desert tracts, and up to an altitude of 7000 feet in the hills. The butterfly may be found wherever there are trees, even in towns and cities, flying high among the trees and visiting flowers. It is commonly seen in gardens. The females can be seen flying amongst the trees in search of its foodplants, while the males are more frequently observed visiting flowers for nectar or mud-puddling. It rests with its wings closed exhibiting the brilliantly coloured underside. The Jezebel often flies high up in the canopy and usually comes lower down only to feed on nectar in flowers. Due to this habit apparently, it has evolved a dull upperside and a brilliant underside so that birds below it recognise it immediately while in flight and at rest.


It has bright coloration to indicate the fact that it is unpalatable due to toxins accumulated by the larvae from the host-plants. Like other unpalatable butterflies the Common Jezebel is mimicked by Prioneris sita, the Painted Sawtooth. The Common Jezebel can be distinguished by the shape of the orange red spots on the hind wing. In the Painted Sawtooth these spots are very squarish whereas in the Common Jezebel they are more arrow head shaped.

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Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 years ago

Awesome detailed shot.

Darvesh 11 years ago

awesome !

BenjiSun 11 years ago

Jezebels are such a beautifully vibrant genus of butterflies. Very nice photos!

vipin.baliga 12 years ago

Ultra beautiful...!!!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

Great collection!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

You are a butterfly person! Welcome To Project Noah.!! Lovely picture!

kadavoor 12 years ago

Thank you, Francis

KarenL 12 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah kadavoor!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Great work... kadavoor...
You force me to form new Mission... I am using this cute butterflyfly as its home page....!!

SamanthaCraven 12 years ago

@pamsai - on your home page under your photo click 'settings' and add your flickr homepage URL into 'website' and bingo!

pamsai 12 years ago

Kadavoor, How did you put up the link to your flickr home page? Pamela.

Maria dB
Maria dB 12 years ago

Beautiful colors

Atul 12 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 12 years ago

Lovely colors,

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Kerala, India

Spotted on Dec 12, 2010
Submitted on Jan 20, 2012

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