Vindula erota erota

Fabricius 1793 - The Common Cruiser

Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.

A large and common butterfly which shows extreme sexual dimorphism. It can be encountered almost anywhere on the Island. The male loves to puddle from roadside seepages, and enjoys drinking human sweat (it is not uncommon to have this species land on your skin or clothing).

The females tend to keep more to the canopy of woodland and are less often encountered than the male.

Flight Period



70 - 90mm

Early Stages

Fully known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resources: S. Igarishi - Life Histories of Asian Butterflies, Volume.1 , Page 386.

Larval Foodplant

Adenia pierriei (Passifloraceae)


N. India, Burma, Thailand and Kedawi (far N. Malaysia). Other subspecies throughout Sundaland and Sulawesi.