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Common imperial (Cheritra freja), is a small butterfly found in India, Burma, Malaysia and Sri Lanka[1] that belongs to the gossamer-winged butterflies family (Lycaenidae). The thin trailing tails are said to average the length of the body. The butterfly has a brown upperside with white bands. The hindwings consist of a tail. It is coloured from pale yellow to white on the lower side with black margins.Photos by Richard Seaman, Nelson Ong, etc.


Adolf Wölfli (Swiss, 1864-1930)

  • The Eyeglass-Butterfly in India, 1911
  • Giant City, Band-Wald-Hall, 1911
  • Gourmet Food Store: Feeding the Fishes, 1911
  • Australia is Without Doubt the Habitat of the Giant Strawberry, 1911
  • The St. Adolf Swiss Tower, 1918

Wolfli created all of his art, including thousands of pages of illustrated manuscripts, while institutionalized at a mental asylum in Switzerland.

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Green Dragontail (Lamproptera meges)

…a striking species of swallowtail butterfly (Papilionidae) that is known to occur in northeastern India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, southern China, Cambodia, peninsular and eastern Malaysia, the Indonesian archipelago, Brunei, and the Philippines. In Indonesia, it is found on the islands of Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Nias, Bangka, and Java. Green dragontails are often seen along open sunlit patches, almost always near streams and water courses. Adults will fly from April to October. Green dragontail caterpillars are known to feed on Illigera burmanica, and Zanthoxylum spp. 


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Image: Robert Nash

I don’t have an alarm anymore: the sun wakes me up every morning and I am so grateful. I blow a lot of kisses. I had a prism from a old chandelier and gave it to a cute boy as a present. A friend told me it was a dumb idea and that made me paranoid. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I write three letters everyday; one is for myself, one is for an imaginary future lover and the third one is for no one in particular. my friend Pietro tell me a lot of beautiful stories about birds and butterflies from far away places. fowers that only grow near rivers of India and butterfly with wings that goes on and on. I feel so insignificant. I feel so small compared to everything. a little bird in the mouth of a black dog. devours me whole. I am less than a dot in a universe that doesn’t seems to wait for me

Bhutan Glory (Bhutanitis lidderdalii)

…a species of swallowtail butterfly (Papilionidae) which occurs in Bhutan, parts of northeastern India, and other areas in Southeast Asia ranging from Myanmar to parts of China. Bhutan glories typically inhabit ridges in montane areas rather than valleys. Adult B. lidderdalii will feed on the nectar of flowers and larvae are known to inhabit Aristolochia spp. 


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Image: Nandini Velho

Glassy Tiger (Parantica aglea)

…a species of Tiger Butterfly (Parantica spp.) which is known to occur in the western Ghats of India, parts of Northeast India, and throughout much of the Malay Peninsula. Two distinct subspecies are known P. a. melanoides and P. a. aglea they differ in range and morphological characteristics. P. a. aglea is more common in Sri Lanka and the Western Ghats north to other parts of India. While P. a. melanoides occurs in the Himalayas and throughout the Malay Peninsula. Glassy tiger adults are commonly seen nectering on flowers and their larvae are common on Tylophora carnosa


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Image: Jeevan Jose

Immaculate Snow Flat (Tagiades gana)

Also known as the Large or Suffused Snow Flat, the immaculate snow flat is a species of skipper (Hesperiidae) which is distributed throughout Southeast Asia, including parts of India (mainly the Western Ghats) and the Malay peninsula. Adult immaculate snow flats will take nectar from various species flowering plants. Immaculate snow flat larvae are known to associate with and feed on the “Purple Yam” (Dioscorea atlata)


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Image: L. Shyamal


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