Insect Watch - Lemon Pansy

I've posted quite a number of Bird Watch posts so far. Recently in my back yard, I found this Lemon Pansy basking in sun, so I thought of sharing this with you.
So here are the images of Lemon Pansy. Its a moth and is scientifically called Junonia Lemonias. It belongs to the Nymphalidae family of insects which is also called Brush Footed Butterflies, because it has its forelegs smaller than hind legs and its hairy as well, resembling a brush.





So here is what Wikipedia says about it 
It is brown with numerous eye-spots as well as black and lemon-yellow spots and lines on the upperside of the wings. The underside is a dull brown, with a number of wavy lines and spots in varying shades of brown and black. There is also an eyespot on the lower side of the forewing. The wet and dry season forms differ considerably in coloration and even shape. In the wet season form the markings are distinct and vivid and the wing shape is a little more rounded. In the dry season form the markings are obscure and pale especially on the underside and the wing margin is more angular and jagged. This helps it camouflage in the dried leaf-litter. The Lemon pansy is a very active butterfly and can be seen basking with its wings open facing the sun. It sits very low to the ground and can be approached easily. It feeds with its wings half open. It is a fairly strong flier and flies close to the ground with rapid wingbeats and often returns to settle back in the same spots.

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So, if I go as per the details given in Wikipedia, I spotted the Lemon Pansy in a wet day, that's why its bright and rounded. Yes, true. It had rained the previous day and it was sitting on the open seed pods of Indian Laburnum or Cassia Fistula, basking in the sun.

Bhushavali N

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9 comments:

  1. Wow!That was quite something!Lovely shots!I so love the fact that you don't like to limit yourself within fashion.Keep it up.

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  2. hi bhushavali

    nice observation and informative post

    thanks for sharing

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  3. Nice pics you got in your backyard. Its a very beautiful butterfly. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. What a pretty little thing. Nice capture!

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  5. It has beautiful markings for a butterfly Mitr.

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  6. @Team G,
    Thanks dears... :)

    @Soumi,
    Thanks dear... Travel & Fashion are my 2 passions... :)

    @Rajesh. Krishna,
    Thanks dears.... :)

    @Pooja,
    Thanks love... :)

    @Ash,
    So true... Its pretty... :)

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  7. @Roy,
    Thank you so much dear...
    Its indeed great to get a compliment from you... :)

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