Image Size: 10″ x 7-3/4″
The largest sulphur butterfly in Asia, the Great Orange Tip is striking with the large orange triangular patch of its anterior wings outlined in brown to black. Although the males are generally white in color, the females are pale to bright yellow with a dark row of spots along their posterior hindwing. The under surface of their wings are mottled buff with darker striations so that when the butterfly settles on the ground with its wings closed upright, it closely blends with its surroundings.
The butterfly is an exceedingly fast and nimble creature which occasionally descends momentarily to take nectar at lantana or some other favorite nectar source. It is also able to outmaneuver the best of predators. Widely distributed from the Himalayas eastward through Borneo and the Philippines to the Moluccas, the males may be seen flying in open plains or congregating in large numbers at mud puddle clubs along streams and roadsides together with other butterfly species. Females rarely leave the security of deeper forest.
Text by Jacqueline Miller, Ph. D., Associate Curator, Allyn Museum of Entomology, Florida Museum of Natural History and Former President, The Lepidopterists’ Society
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