Blue Moon Butterfly


Common name : Great eggfly

Scientific name : Hypolimnas bolina nerina

Family : Nymphalidae

Native to : West Madagascar, South & South-East Asia, South Pacific islands, Australia, Japan and New Zealand

Interesting fact : The male and the female in this species look completely different. The butterfly is given the name ‘blue moon’ because of the moon-like shape on the wings of

the male butterfly.

With almost 3 inches of wingspan, the blue moon butterfly prefers deciduous forests, thick scrubs and wooded areas as its habitat. Its diet is comprised of nectar of specific flowers. The female usually lays her eggs on leaves, which do not have any ants in the vicinity. Even the male becomes territorial to guard the female and the eggs.

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