Butterflies of Landour 1: Indian tortoise shell butterfly

The winters have arrived on the hillside of Landour, Mussoorie, and so, the butterflies. The caterpillars who survived the harshness of the extended monsoons have finally emerged from their chrysalis and metamorphosed into beautiful butterflies. Different species of butterflies can be seen around these days fluttering over the tender flowers and greens. Their bright colouredContinue reading “Butterflies of Landour 1: Indian tortoise shell butterfly”

Indian Red Admiral butterfly: Landour, Mussoorie

Today, I came across this vibrant Indian Red Admiral basking in the forest floor, while I was on my way to meet few friends. It is also known as Vanessa indica. Just like the Admiral of a troop, the Indian Red Admiral halted with poise, agile and alert. This is the spring -summer season inContinue reading “Indian Red Admiral butterfly: Landour, Mussoorie”

Yellow coster butterfly predation

Yellow Coster (Acraea issoria) is a small radiant butterfly with ochre yellowish coloured wings belonging to Nymphalidae family. It has elongated forewings which are slightly translucent and curvy hind-wings. A. issoria is found in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Sumatra and Java. Usually this species of butterfly¬† inhabits mountain valleys at elevation of aboutContinue reading “Yellow coster butterfly predation”