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Common Jay - Graphium doson



Common Jay - Graphium doson




Common Jay, is a tailless swallowtail common to the gardens. It is found all over the India in abundance. A butterfly frequently seen visiting flowers and lantena for nectoring. Flight is quick and powerful. This species may be easily confused with bluebottle species in flight. Common Jay lay egg on the tender leaves and at a height from 1 to 2 meters from the ground. The Polyalthia longifolia (Ashok) and Magnolia champaca ( Sonchafa). Egg is pale yellow in color and perfect round in shape. Initially instar is pale brown which turns dark brown and final instar is pale green in color. Caterpillar forms pale green color pupa on upper side of leaves. Sexes are alike. In general behavior of this species closely resembles that of Tailed Jay.

Quick Facts:
Status: Common
Latin Name: Graphium doson
Wingspan: 70-80 mm
Host plants:  Polyalthia longifolia and Magnolia champaca





Egg of Coomon Jay laid on Asoca
Early instar of the common Jay

Early instar of the common Jay












Final instar of the common Jay


Final instar of the common Jay
























Pupa



Pupa just before emergence










By Paresh Kale

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