|Fresh egg of Indian sunbeam on Derris scandens|
Indian sunbeam male and female have distinct UP. Male is bright orange and female with most of the part dull dark brown (Chocolate) colored with small white marking on upper-wing. According to Krushnmegh kunte's "Butterflies of Peninsular India", Males are much more frequently seen. However our observation inside the campus is other way round. Females were spotted often, specially near the host plants. Once female was spotted on bamboo tree sap. Just once Male was seen mud-puddling. Male and female both were shot on that same day behind the H-5/H-9 hostels besides the compound wall. Otherwise, one very few occasions male is seen that too in the flight. Indian sunbeam is frequently found when we toured SGNP, yeoor, Nagla nad Tungareshwar WLS. There are two other subspecies, angled and toothed sunbeam, both spotted by us in Tungareshwar WLS. These two posses subtle deviation from Indian sunbeam and none of them are spotted in the campus.
Name: Indian Sunbeam
Scientific Name: Curtis thetis
Wingspan: 40-50 mm
ID marks: Different UP . Male has orange and female Dark-brown UP wings.
Host plant: Pongamia pinnata, Derris scandens
|Indian Sunbeam Male|
|Note the horn like body-part|
|Caterpillar, another view|
|Markings are developed on 4th day|
|Just before eclosion|