Friday, 17 October 2014

Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete) - Sikkim Butterfly

Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete)

Place : Shantinagar, Singtam, East Sikkim,
Date: May 25, 2014
Pic: Shital Pradhan

Scientific classification

Kingdom:             Animalia
Phylum:               Arthropoda
Class:                    Insecta
Order:                  Lepidoptera
Family:                 Pieridae
Genus:                  Delias
Species:                 D. hyparete
Binomial name:    Delias hyparete (Linnaeus, 1758)

Other Names: Painted Jezebel

Special feature:  The Painted Jezebel is white above, with the veins dusted in the outer areas.  The female is more heavily dusted with black than the male.  The basal half of the underside of the hindwing is bright yellow and the termen has a bright red marginal border.  The veins are dusted with black.

It is believed that the brightly coloured underside serves as a warning pattern to predatory animals. (

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