Blue Banded Eggfly

This butterfly has a distinctive blue band and a double row of pale spots on each wing. The underside of each wind is brown with a smoky pale band. The butterfly is mostly dormant during day.

The caterpillars are usually more active at night which is then when they feed. The caterpillars usually pupate away from host plant. While pupating the chrysalis is suspend head down by the cremaster.

Scientific Name
Hypolimnas alimena
Feeds On
Ganges Bluebell (Asystasia gangetica)
Usual Location
Tropical Northern Australia
Best Viewing
Throughout the year
Wing Span
7 cm
Initially cream and very hairy. Later they become black with brown heads and have a pair of long branched spines
Dark brown with white patches and rows of sharp spines