Butterflies of the
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - NEPTINI
Orissa, India ©
There are about 170
Neptis species, of which about 65 occur
in Africa, 40+ in the Palaearctic region, 6 in Australia / New
Guinea, and about 50 in the Oriental region.
Members of this
genus share a common theme of white spots and bars on a blackish
ground colour. Distinguishing between the species involves careful
study of the configuration of the spots, bars and submarginal lines
on both wing surfaces.
Neptis jumbah is known from Sri Lanka,
southern and eastern India, Bangladesh and Burma; and probably also
occurs in Thailand.
This species is found in forested habitats at
elevations between sea level and about 800 metres. It is found in
both primary and secondary forest, frequenting sunlit glades and
forest edge habitats.
The pale green globular egg is covered with a
network of hexagonal ridges, from which arise minute spikes, and is
reminiscent of a sea urchin.
The caterpillar spends it's early instars hiding
in a curled up dead leaf from which it periodically emerges to feed.
The larval foodplants include
Fabaceae, Malvaceae and Tiliaceae.
The chrysalis resembles a withered leaf, and is
be suspended by the cremaster from a leaf or stem on or near the
Neptis species, this butterfly is best
appreciated when on the wing, as it sails gently, riding on
thermals, with periods of gliding punctuated by occasional sharp
wing beats. It flies with great precision, weaving it's way in and
out through the foliage and branches.
periodically alight to bask on the foliage of trees and bushes.
Males sometimes imbibe moisture from damp ground, but like the
females they are more often seen nectaring at flowers.