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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
The Lemon Pansy (Precis lemonias) is the most common of the six Pansy subspecies in India.
It is distributed in South and Central India, as well as Asia and the Himalayan region.
They prefer forested terrain.
The dorsal side of Lemon Pansy is dark grey brown.
The forewings have black lines, yellow brown spots and two red ocelli, of which the lower one is larger and prominent. The hind wings have a large apical red eyespot enclosing two small white spots and a smaller black spot.
Lemon Pansies are very bold butterflies and are highly territorial by nature.
They fly quickly and strongly with little fluttering of the wings.
They are generally seen resting on the ground.
Their adult life span is estimated to be approx. 14 days.
* Being members of the Brush Footed (Nymphilidae) Family, Lemon Pansies use their pair of front legs for food tasting, and their two pairs of rear legs for propulsion.
Caterpillar diet: Nelsonia campestris, Asteracantha longifolia, Lepidagathis incurve, Formosensis, Sida rhombifolia, Goldfussia formosanus,
Adult diet: Aztec Marigold, Lantana, Bachelor’s Button, Lindley Butterfly bush, Ceylon Carissa, and Coreopsis Tinctoria
Avg. wingspan: 45 - 60mm / 1.75 – 2.35 “
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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