The Danaid Eggfly, Mimic, or Diadem (Hypolimnas misippus) is a widespread species of Nymphalid butterfly. It is well known for polymorphism and mimicry i.e. the resemblance of an animal species to another species or to natural objects; provides concealment and protection from predators. Males are blackish with distinctive white spots that are fringed in blue. Females are in multiple forms that include male like forms while others appear like the toxic Danaus chrysippus and Danaus plexippus butterfles. They are found across Africa, Asia, and Australia.
The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), also called Blue Moon Butterfly in New Zealand or Common Eggfly, is a species of Nymphalid butterfly.The upper sides 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.
Came across some wonderful and entertaining tiny Ashley sparrows, in the thick woods of Thekkady at Kerala, India. Took many snaps, here a few of them. They live in groups of 10 to 12 probably the whole family. They are very energetic, swift flyers mostly confined to their own territory and the only bird groups that can chase away the crows out of their terrain.
Common Picture Wing Dragonfly (Female). Like butterflies, these have pictures on their wings, so the name ‘common picture wing’. And they look like butterflies at first sight.
Species name: Rhyothemis variegata Family: Libellulidae Order: Odonata
Identifications: Eyes are brown-black in color. Thorax has a greenish golden yellow color, abdomen and legs black. Major portion of the wings are transparent, but shining. Tip of the wings have brown markings and a black spot, towards the end. On the forewings there are two brown markings towards the center, one on the edge. Hind wings have one prominent marking at the center on the edge. And towards the base there are more golden yellow and brown markings.
The pattern on the wings for female is bit different,almost similar to the male except the pattern on wings and abdomen color. Abdomen is less blackish compared to male.