Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - PIERINI
Hebomoia glaucippe, male, Duliu Jiang,
© Jean-Marc Gayman
Hebomoia comprises of just 2 species,
which despite similarities in appearance are only distantly related
to the Colotis Orange tips of Africa.
Hebomoia glaucippe is distributed from
India and Sri Lanka to China and Japan, and south across the
Philippine islands to Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, Java and Timor.
It's close relative leucippe is found
east of the Wallace Line, on the Moluccas, Ambon, Serang and Buru.
is primarily a lowland and mid-elevation species, and is adapted to
a very wide variety of habitats ranging from the arid scrubby
grasslands of India to the tropical rainforests of Borneo. In
temperate Asia it is mainly found in the warmer valleys.
The larval foodplants include Crateva,
Capparis and Cleome.
Males spend long periods resting on the ground, where their cryptic
pale "dead-leaf" underside pattern affords them excellent camouflage.
Periodically they take flight, patrolling back and forth in search of
females. In warm overcast weather they will sometimes bask with wings
half open on the ground or on foliage, but at all times remain very
alert and difficult to approach.
Both sexes visit flowers frequently, preferring
Lantana and other bushy plants. In common with other heavy
species such as Swallowtails and Birdwings, the Great Orange-tip when
feeding tends to keep it's wings constantly fluttering to support it's