(Forster, 1771)[verification needed]
The male and the female both have tawny yellow upperside. The forewing has a traverse black line below apex cell and an oval spot beyond encircling a small yellow spot, a broad short oblique discal bar and an angulated postdiscal lunular band the costa narrowly and the termen shaded with black. Hind wing: a comparatively large triangular patch below the middle of the costa, a postdiscal evenly-curved series of spots and a broad band along the termen black. Underside dark ochraceous red. Forewing: the base shaded with fuscous black, two spots at base of cell and a transverse line beyond crimson-pink, edged with black: a very broad oblique discal band, angulated downwards below vein 4, bordered posteriorly by a large black spot on the inner side and outwardly and anteriorly by an oblique broad black band, followed by four anterior obliquely-placed ochraceous-white spots, and beyond by a very narrow lunular black band bent downwards below vein 6. Hind wing: a crimson short line at extreme base, two crimson black-bordered spots in cell: a comparatively broad transverse discal white band often broken up into a large spot below middle of costa, with two or three spots in line below it; finally, a postdiscal series of small black spots. Antennae are black, bright ochraceous at apex; head, thorax and abdomen tawny red above, brown shaded with crimson-pink below.
It is widely found in India and Sri Lanka . In India its distribution ranges from Lower Himalayas to Southern India
The Larva is light green color with the purple spots on the dorsal .The sides of the larva contain row of ten horizontal spines covered with fine green hair.
The Pupa is short broad and triangular.It is green in color and has gold spots and lines.
Larva Host Plants
- Bingham, C. T. (1905) Fauna of British India. Butterflies. Volume 1.
- kehimkar, isaac (2008). The book of indian butterflies. BNHS. p. 384.