Ixias pyrene verna

H. Druce 1874 - The Yellow Orange Tip

Koh Samui only.

It is not clear whether this species is a resident or an accidental migrant to the Island. It has usually been found after prolonged periods of high winds, which suggests the latter. However, when seen, it can be found in some numbers, which suggests that it may be multi, if not continually, brooded here. The early stages have not been found here.

It is usually to be found away from forests, sometimes in grassland, sometimes in secondary vegetation.

Flight Period

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45 - 55mm

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 296.

Larval Foodplant

Various Capparis sp. (Capparidaeceae)


S. Burma, Peninsular Thailand and the extreme N. Malaysia. Other subspecies can be found throughout the Oriental region.