Scientific Name: Castalius rosimon
Tamil Name: Pattam poochi
Description: Common pierrot is a small white butterfly. The upper side is mainly black and white with metallic green scale in scattered manner at the wing base. The wing margins are black with tiny white dots. Common pierrot is a flying beauty in black and white.
Distribution and Status: Common pierrot is most common in the Indian sub-continent and Southeast Asia. Common. It is treated as an Schedule I species in the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.
Habitat: It is a Butterfly of open and grassland it also occurs in scrublands, wooded country, forest and gardens. It is most common during monsoon.
Habits: the flight of common pierrots is weak and fluttering, it take shot flights close to the ground. It often rests on leaves and bushes. It is fond of sunrays and basking and also visiting flowers and damp patches.
Food: Tridax (e.g. coat button) is one of its favorite flowering plants. Some of the host plants include zyziphus species.
Life cycle: The larva of common pierrots is dark green in color with a rough texture. The pupa narrow and slightly flattened is extremely glossy and is of dark coloration.
Role in the environment: It is a small and beautiful Butterfly found in the grasslands of India.
Photo source: Mr. B. Vinoth and Mr. N. Muthu Karthick