Elymnias hypemnestra tinctoria

Moore 1879 - The Common Palmfly

Koh Samui and Koh Phan Ngan.

A very common species, owing to the number of palms on the Islands, which can be found throughout the Islands.

The female is a mimic of the distasteful Danaus chryssipus, though in other subspecies, the female resembles the male.

Flight Period



50 - 70mm

Early Stages

Fully known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resource: ButterflyCircle Blog (courtesy of Dr. Horace Tan.)

Larval Foodplant

Calamus sp., Caryota urens, Cocos nucifera, Cyrtostachys lakka, Elaeis guineensis, Metroxylon sagus, Phoenix dactylifera and Phoenix loureiri (all Palmae)


This subspecies is found in western Thailand to just north of the Malay/Thai Border and S. Myanmar. Other subspecies throughout the rest of Thailand, deep southern peninsilar Thailand, West Malaysia, Singapore and Indo-China.