|White Orange Tip|
|Female (Photo by Santosh Namby Chandran)|
The characteristics of this species vary according to the season of the year in which the eggs are laid.
The male has chalky-white wings with the apical half of the fore wing and terminal margin of the hind wing broadly black. There is a broad, rich, orange patch obliquely across the black area extended to the upper apex of the fore wing. At the lower apex this orange patch is very broad and leaves only the tip of the wing black along with a comparatively narrow band along the edge. The base of the wing is covered with black scales.
The underside of the wing is a rich sulphur-yellow as in other species of the genus, and is covered with reddish-brown, short, transverse striations and minute dots. The fore wing has an orange patch on the upperside which can be plainly seen because of the transparency on the wing, a broadly triangular area below this cell white, large and prominent discocellular spots with a white centre. Both fore and hind wings have a discal transverse series of reddish-brown spots, more or less conspicuous, the spots always centred with white. In other species in the genus these is characteristic of the dry-season broods. Oon the fore wing the patch above the tornus is prominent and in some specimens very large. The antennae are reddish brown and the head and thorax anteriorly are covered with reddish-brown hairs. The upper side of the thorax is gray with white hairs and the abdomen is black. The under side of the head, thorax and abdomen are white.
The female is similar with the upper fore wing having the orange patch on the black apical area narrower, posteriorly truncate and not extending so far down. There is also an outer transverse series of four black spots on the orange parch in interspaces 2 to 5. The underside is similar to that of the male but the markings are slightly larger. The antennae, head, thorax and abdomen are also similar.
In both sexes this differs less from the wet-season form than it does in Ixias pyrene and Ixias verna. The characteristic dry-season markings on the underside are more visible, on some occasions very much more pronounced.
The wing expanse in both sexes is 54–56 mm.
Wet-season form in Hyderabad, India.
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