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Common Eggfly

Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

Common Eggfly: Hypolimnas bolina

  • It is sexually dimorphic to the extent that many observers assume that the female and male are two different species.

  • The male (higher photograph) is a beautiful sheeny blackish purple, with a large white spots edged in the purple on each wing.

  • The female (lower photograph) has the sheeny blackish purple as a background, with patches of the purple edged white and orange on the forewings.

  • Males are quite territorial.

  • They sit on a favourite perch such as a leaf on a shrub, and fly out to challenge other males of the same species, but often also other butterflies.

  • This behaviour and competition has been the subject of recent research by Dr. Darrell Kemp at James Cook University in Cairns.

  • They are often seen at the edge of the rainforest along the Cape Tribulation road.

Script : Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

Photo: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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