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|The Clipper, Parthenos sylvia), is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia including India, China, Malaysia, Philippines, and New Guinea. |
It is found mostly in forested areas. The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapped stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.
Found commonly at Lantana flowers in open country and in the neighbourhood of villages. Larval foodplants are Adenia palmata and Tinospora cordifolia.
The common name, clipper, is an allusion to the speciesí white wing patches that look like the multiple billowing sails on the mighty sailing trade ships of Cramer's day. The white patches are located on the clipper's forewings and stand out against a background that varies in color. The appearance of this Indo-Australian butterfly fluctuates across its broad geographic distribution. The wings may change in size and be blue, green, orange or brown, but the white patches remain unchanged in all of the 26 subspecies.
Taken at Krohn Conservatory.
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