Scientific Name: Tirumala limniacea
Tamil Name: Pattam poochi
Description: It is a black butterfly with numerous bluish-white streaks and spots. This striking pattern distinguish species from other butterflies the female larger than the male.
Distribution and status: The blue tiger a common butterfly is found in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand. In India it is spread throughout the country.
Habitat: It occurs in all types of habitats and at all altitudes. However, it prefers plains, forest tracks, gardens, hedges, and wooded places.
Habit: The blue tiger a slope flier enjoys sailings during its flight. It flutters vigorously when landing on a flower and does not flutter, when sipping the nectar during monsoon it migrates extensively in South India.
Food: Lantana camera is one of its preferred nectar plants.
Life Cycle: Its one egg per leaf bases laying helps to avoid overcrowding of the caterpillar at one place. It lays a single silvery white egg on the underside of the leaf. The pupa is shiny and fresh green.
Role on the Environment: It is a species associated sometimes with the giant milk weed plants (Calotropis gigantea) hence is unpalatable to some birds
Photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tirumala_septentrionis