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Common Silverline Butterfly

Spindasis vulcanus


Wingspan: 26-34mm. Status: Common. Distr. India (Except Northeast and drier Northwest), Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Shrilanka


Flight extremely fast but never far, keeps to low bushes. Prefers open lightly wooded areas as well as gardens. Fond of flowers, bird droppings and damp patches. Besides the plains, it flies in the Himalaya as high as 2,700 m. Seen on the wing in march, May and June to October. Caterpillars attended by ants.


Adult: HW has two tails and one lobe. UN light yellow with brilliant reddish band bordered black or brown. These bans have central silver line , hence the name. Separate spots at base of UNH, and outer basal band of spots does not extend downwards to vein 1c. An orange crowded black tornal spot on UNH. Female Larger and with no more rounded FW. UP dark with orange bands. Male suffused with blue on UP.LF: Cadaba Fruticosa (Capparaceae), Zizphys mauritianam Z rugosa (Rhamnaceae), Canthium coromandelicum (Rubiaceae), Allophylus cobbe (Sapindaceae), Clerodendrum, indicum, C. inerme (Verbenaceae) Found in Dahanu, (Asawa Fort), Maharashtra, India

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Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 9 years ago

Thanx alott frnds.. :)

vipin.baliga 9 years ago

Wow.. This is so beautiful... :-)

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Beautiful series! I have to say, when I first saw the mating photo, it made me think of a really nerdy bow-tie! Nice spotting!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Beautiful series

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 9 years ago

Thanx.. :)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Hi Rajas...
Welcome to Project Noah Family..!!
You can join Missions of Western ghats and also new mission with your point of view..!!

KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely series Rajas!
Welcome aboard!

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 9 years ago

Hey, Thanks Nicholas & ChicquitaRajawali

Chicquita 9 years ago

How wonderful!

Nicholas4 9 years ago


Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 9 years ago


Atul 9 years ago

Rajas good to see some one from our area,

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 9 years ago

Hey thank u frnds..
n thanks Atul

Atul 9 years ago

beautiful first spotting Rajas !
Welcome to project Noah !

pamsai 9 years ago

It doesn't look so 'common'!

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

lovely spotting!

Rajas Deshpande
Spotted by
Rajas Deshpande

Dahanu, Union Territory of Dādra and Nagar Haveli, India

Spotted on Dec 18, 2011
Submitted on Feb 22, 2012

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