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Delias eucharis : Common Jezebel

Delias eucharis : Common Jezebel
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Copyright: Prasad Vallabhajosyula (Panoptic83) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 116] (758)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-30
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/90 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-01 2:45
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Points: 18
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The Common Jezebel (Delias eucharis) is a medium sized pierid butterfly found in Asia. It is among the commoner species in the genus Delias, the Jezebels, consisting of about 200 species. The Delias group of butterflies are considered as having their evolutionary origins in the Australian region.

The wingspan of both males and females range from 6.5 to 8.5 cm.


Upperside is white. The forewings have the veins broadly black, this colour broadened triangularly at the termination of the veins, costal margin narrowly black; a broad black postdiscal transverse band from costa to dorsum sloped obliquely outwards from costa to vein 4, thence parallel to termen. Hind wing with the veins similar but for three-fourths of their length much more narrowly black; a postdiscal transverse black band as on the forewing but much narrower, curved and extended only between veins 2 and 6; beyond this the veins are more broadly black and this colour as on the forewing broadens out triangularly at the termination of the veins; the interspaces beyond the postdiscal black band pink, due to the vermilion coloration of the underside showing through.

On the underside, the forewings are similar but the black edging to the veins much broader, the upper two interspaces beyond the postdiscal transverse band tinged with yellow. Hind wing: ground colour bright yellow, the veins and transverse postdiscal band as on the upperside but much more broadly black, the latter extended from the costa to vein 2; the interspaces between the veins beyond the postdiscal fascia with a series of broadly lanceolate or cone-shaped vermilion-red spots, each spot very narrowly edged with white; the basal portion of interspace 6 white, in contrast to the bright yellow of the ground-colour. Antenna black; head, thorax and abdomen white, the apical joint of the palpi black; the head and thorax with a mixture of black hairs that give these parts a grey-blue appearance.


Upper and undersides similar to those in the male, but the black edging to the veins and the postdiscal transverse bands on both fore and hind wings very much broader.


It is commonly seen in gardens. The females can be seen flying amongst the trees in search of its foodplants, while the males are more frequently observed visiting flowers for nectar or mud-puddling. It rests with its wings closed exhibiting the brilliantly coloured underside.

The Jezebel often flies high up in the canopy and usually comes lower down only to feed on nectar in flowers. Due to this habit apparently, it has evolved a dull upperside and a brilliant underside so that birds below it recognise it immediately while in flight and at rest.


It has bright coloration to indicate the fact that it is unpalatable due to toxins accumulated by the larvae from the host-plants.
Like other unpalatable butterflies the Common Jezebel is mimicked by Prioneris sita, the Painted Sawtooth. The Common Jezebel can be distinguished by the shape of the orange red spots on the hind wing. In the Painted Sawtooth these spots are very squarish whereas in the Common Jezebel they are more arrow head shaped. The Painted Sawtooth also flies faster and will also mudpuddle.

Life Cycle

The Jezebel breeds all year round.

Source : Wikipedia

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Hello Prasad
She is a beautiful Common Jezebel. I don't think I have seen one of these butterflies before.
She has quite unusual colours - the red and yellow are very eye-catching.
Thank you for sharing

hello Prasad
beautiful picture
great colours
nice composition with good details of the buttrfly
greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-01 3:45]

Hello Prasad,
Vivid colors and beautiful patterns.
Nice composition with good details of the buttrfly

Hi Prasad,
Nice macro shot lovely colors. I would have gone little down and moved little left and composed this beauty. Still this is amazing.
TFS - Regards - Adil.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-01 16:33]

Hola Prasad.
Lovely colors on wings. I really like this one. Great pose and excellent note.

Hi Prasad,

Very lovely macro with good sharpness of the Jezebel.The whole butterfly is in focus. The eye looks clear and beautiful. TFS.


Very impressive capture, Prasad.
The focus is spot on, the colours are really rich and the details on the entire butterfly are very good.
I am really pleased with the improvement in your work.
Well done and keep shooting.

Hello Prasad,
this was one of the most beautiful butterfly I ever seen.
The colours and pattern are amazing.
Maybe it's a bit tight cropped and it could be a we sharper but
it's still a very nice picture.
Well done,

Namaste Prasad, an excelent capture of this colourful butterfly which i saw it firstly on TN. Great details and wonderful composition.
TFS and cheers,

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