Scientific Name: Delias eucharis
Tamil Name: Pattam poochi
Description: It is a multi coloured with the combination white, yellow, orange and black colours.Under hind wing yellow with black veins with a black border containing large white ringed red spots which are pointed towards to the outer margin
Distribution and status: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, North Myanmar. Common.
Habitat: The Common Jezebel are nomadic in behavior and are found in a variety of environment including, but not limited to, temperate hill forests, tropical rainforests, dry open woodlands, and beach hinterlands. They are generally found all over India, except in the desert tracts, and up to an altitude of 7000 feet in the hills. The butterfly may be found wherever there are trees, even in towns and cities, flying high among the trees and visiting flowers.
Habits: t is also commonly seen in gardens.. It rests with its wings closed exhibiting the brilliantly colored underside. The Jezebel often flies high up in the canopy and usually comes lower down only to feed on nectar in flowers. Due to this habit apparently, it has evolved a dull upperside and a brilliant underside so that birds below it recognize it immediately while in flight and at rest.
Food : The females can be seen flying amongst the trees in search of its food plants, while the males are more frequently observed visiting flowers for nectar or mud-puddling
Life cycle : The species breeds all year round. Eggs are laid in batches of about 10 or 20 in number although larger batch sizes are not unheard of. These are laid on the underside of a leaf of its food plant. The host plants are various species of small shrubs which are plant parasites growing on branches of trees such as Loranthus.
Role in the environment: Their ability to form dense aggregations as caterpillars and to feed on Loranthus has led to suggestions that they could be used for control of this parasite.
Photo source: Mr. B.Vinoth and Mr. N. Muthu Karthick