Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Painted Jezebel

Finally, spotted this Painted Jezebel flying around a plant that was accessible. Often I see this butterfly flying by and never got a chance to photograph it. This time it came to rest on the bread fruit plant it was feeding on. It took a long nap while I photographed it.The Painted Jezebel frequents open wooded, bush and in the gardens. It flies all day and even at dusk that is why I had such a time trying to photograph it.
Its wings are mainly white, hind wing have yellow and red patterns on the underside. Black veins are more conspicuous in females. Their brightly coloured underside serves as a warning pattern to predatory animals. Their weak flight further advertises their unpleasant taste.

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