|Copyright: Ramkumar Chandrasekharan (rkc)
|Date Taken: 2009-11-08|
|Exposure: f/3.1, 1/250 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-11-18 0:24|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Southern Bird wing, one of the largest butterflies found in in India.|
The butterfly is locally very common in the southern and central Western Ghats. Also found in southern Maharashtra and northern Goa where it is uncommon. Despite its restricted range and endemicity, the butterfly is not known to be threatened but the IUCN recommends continuous monitoring.
Found up to 3000 feet in the Western Ghats. Found in diverse habitats from low-land evergreen forests near the coast to mixed deciduous forests, dry scrub and agricultural fields.
Active during early morning hours when both sexes feed in the forest on Lantana and diverse foodplants. Later on, it is seen sailing as high as 30 to 40 feet over the countryside until it descends later in the evening to feed again. It flies in a leisurely manner circling around jungle clearings and also frequents hill-tops. A determined flier, it is known to cover very large distances before settling. The only food source is nectar.
This one was shot in the morning in a place nearby a waterbody, actually there were two could not get them together.
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Nice capture of southern birdwing.Super focus and excellent colour
Thanks for sharing