Chilasa clytia, common mime, Papilionidae, butterfly

The common mime (Chilasa clytia)

Chilasa (Papilio) clytia clytia, the common mime is an excellent example of Batesian mimicry. Both male and female mimic the wing pattern and flight habit of the poisonous blue glassy tiger. The common mime is widespread in south and southeast Asia.

Chilasa clytia, common mime, Papilionidae, butterfly

NIKON D300, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/250 sec, F/16, ISO 200, SB600 flash

Chilasa clytia feeding on flowers of  Lantana camara, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Chilasa clytia, common mime, Papilionidae, butterfly

NIKON D300, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/250 sec, F/16, ISO 200, SB600 flash

When viewed at an angle, the dark areas on the wings of the common mime display a metallic blue sheen.

Chilasa clytia, common mime, Papilionidae, butterfly, Lantana camara

NIKON D300, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/250 sec, F/16, ISO 200, SB600 flash

When viewed near parallel to the wings, the dark areas are velvety black.

Chilasa clytia, common mime, Papilionidae, butterfly, larva
The larvae of the Chilasa clytia are the most colourful among the swallowtails. Initially the larvae are dark brown, black and white, which later develop bright red spots. The larvae feed on cinnamon plant.

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