Hypolimnas misippus misippus


Hubner 1819 - The Danaid Eggfly

Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.

A surprisingly rare species on the Islands. The species shows remarkable sexual dimorphism. The females are superb mimics of the Danaid, Danaus chrysippus. The males can be seperated from the similar H. bolina, by the presence of a black costal spot on the hindwing underside.

This species can be found arround secondary vegetation.

Flight Period

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Wingspan

50 - 65mm

Early Stages

Known, but not pictured.

Larval Foodplant

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Malvaceae) and Portulaca oleracea (Portulacaceae)

Range

This species is found throughout the tropical regions of the world, having been introduced to the Americas, apparently, in old slave ships.