Great egg fly
|Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk)
|Date Taken: 2011-07-03|
|Camera: Nikon coolpix L110|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-08-30 11:42|
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My 1st picture of this great egg fly.
The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), also called the Blue Moon Butterfly in New Zealand or Common Eggfly,is a species of nymphalid butterfly.
H. bolina is a black-bodied butterfly with a wingspan of about 70–85 millimetres (2.8–3.3 in). The species has a high degree of sexual dimorphism. The female is mimetic with multiple morphs.
The upper side of the wings are jet black, offset with three pairs of white spots &two on the forewing and one on the hind. These white spots are surrounded by purple iridescence. In addition, the upper side of the hind wing bears a series of small white dots.
Female:The upper side of the wings of the female is a brownish black and does not have any spots like those of the male. The edges bear white markings which are similar to those of the Common Indian Crow.
H. bolina is known for maternal care, with the females guarding leaves where eggs have been laid. Males are also very territorial and site fidelity increases with age. Territories that enhance the detection of females are preferred. The female hovers over a plant to check for ants which will eat her eggs. After selecting a plant which has no ants on it, she lays at least one but often two to five eggs on the undersides of the leaves.
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Great shot, very very very intesting species, Thanks for sharing! I can see you've a great lepidoptera variety in your conuntry!
Very striking and very beautiful indeed. Well done and best wishes. A pleasure to view.
- [2011-08-30 12:04]
Hi Kapil,what a magic beauty this butterfly! I like your perfect pic,the best to discover these magnificents wings,great sharpness and light balance too.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.
Ciao Kapil, great macro of splendid butterfly, fine details, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
A very beautiful species shown nicely against the green background. regards yiannis