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Family : Nymphalidae
SubFamily : Nymphalinae
Common Name : Peacock Pansy
This Nymphalid (related to the Brush-footed butterflies of the West) is one of the four Pansies found in Singapore. The Peacock Pansy derives its common name from the prominent spots on its wings. It can be found gliding in sunlit grassy plains on the forest edges. It is not as common as in the past, where the species can be found in the company of the Blue Pansy in suburban gardens and open grassy patches. This may be due to the widespread spraying of insecticides to get rid of mosquitoes in these areas. Today, most observations of the Pansies are in the nature reserves and outlying areas like Pulau Ubin. However, with ongoing development, it will be a matter of time before these species become very rare.
The butterfly has a bright orange upperside with prominent eyespots on the hindwings. The undersides are somewhat paler, but with the eyespots still rather prominent.
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