Junonia almana almana

Linnaeus 1758 - The Peacock Pansy

Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.

A very common butterfly, regularly visiting gardens to feed on Lantana flowers. It is also found in scrubland.

Flight Period



40 - 55mm

Early Stages

Fully known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resource: ButterflyCircle Blog (courtesy of Dr. Horace Tan.). This is given as ssp. javana, but that has been synonymised in Thailand with the nominate ssp. J. a. almana.

Larval Foodplant

Hygrophila erecta, Ruellia tuberosa, Barleria cristata, Ruellia graecizans and Hemigraphis schomburgkii (All Acanthaceae), Alternanthera philoseroides (Amaranthaceae), Mimosa pudica (Mimosaceae) and Stachytarpheta indica (Verbenaceae)


Sri Lanka, India to China,Japan, Thailand and Sundaland. Other subspecies from West Malaysia?( viability of ssp. javana still not certain) through to Australia.