|Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h)
|Date Taken: 2005-03|
|Camera: Nikon F-100, Fuji Provia 100|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-06-06 12:33|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Spot Swordtail Pathysa nomius is a beautiful butterfly found in India that belongs to the Swallowtail family. One of the grandest sights is a host of Spot Swordtails mud-puddling or swarming around a flowering forest tree.The Spot Swordtail gets it's name from the beautiful line of distinct white spots along the margin of its wings.|
Southern and Eastern India (including Sikkim and Assam), Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Kampuchea.
Generally found in deciduous forest areas, among bushes with lesser secondary growth. Locally abundant below 3000 feet and less common above this level. Generally stays close to hiily and forested country.
Individuals are active from February to June. They are most abundant in March-April. It has been recorded in Western India from July onwards for a few months. In the Nilgiris it has been recorded from February to October.
I was wandering around the river in Kanha national park. I came across this Lovely butterfly mud puddling near the river banks. I slowly crawlled towards it and took this picture with my Nikor 28-105mm. Auto expo .This is a very active Butterfly and difficult to follow and photograph.
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