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Peacock Pansy

Junonia almana

Description:

The Peacock Pansy (Junonia almana) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia. It exists in two distinct adult forms, which differ chiefly in the patterns on the underside of the wings; the dry-season form has few markings, while the wet-season form has additional eyespots and lines.

Habitat:

J. almana is found in India and South East Asia, and eastwards to China and Japan.

Notes:

The last two images exhibit seasonal polyphenism. Polyphenic pigmentation is adaptive for this insect species that undergo multiple mating seasons each year. Different pigmentation patterns provide appropriate camouflage throughout the seasons, as well as alter heat retention as temperatures change.

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9 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

They do Mary - they are from the same family!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting - they look very similar to out Common Buckeyes.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

stunning photos!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Beautiful series! (the last pic does not show, maybe you can try reload it again)

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 8 years ago

Beautiful!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Amazing spotting and information, especially about seasonal polyphenism, I never knew that.

Atul
Atul 8 years ago

beautiful!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Great show..

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Gorgeous!

kadavoor
Spotted by
kadavoor

Kerala, India

Spotted on Dec 27, 2010
Submitted on Feb 6, 2012

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