Doleschallia bisaltide


D. b. pratipa C & R Felder 1860

D. b. ssp. - The Autumn Leaf

Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.

There appears to be two different subspecies on the Islands. The common form is D. b. pratipa, which can be found anytime of the year all over the Island.

The much rarer subspecies differs in that it has white subapical spots on the forewing. The larva is also different, having red spots. This subspecies is only found in cultivated areas, particularly gardens and nurseries. I believe that they are brought here by the gardening trade. Which subspecies it is, is still not determined.

As can be seen from the photos to the left, the undersides of both sexes are extremely variable.

Flight Period

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Wingspan

50 - 65mm

Early Stages

Doleschallia bisaltide - Male

Doleschallia bisaltide - Male

Fully known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resources: S. Igarishi - Life Histories of Asian Butterflies, Volume.1 , Page 404.

Larval Foodplant

Artocarpus heterophyllus (Moraceae), Girardina heterophylla (Urticaceae), Strobilanthus dyeriana and Ruellia graecizans (both Acanthaceae)

Range

Ssp. D. b. pratipa, Peninsular Thailand and Malaysia. Ssp D. b. ssp? - unknown. Other subspecies widely distributed throughout tropical Asia, from Sri Lanka and India to Australia and the Bismarcks.