The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina) is black bodied butterfly with wing-span of 7-8cm. This butterfly is found in South Asia, South-East Asia, Australia, Japan and New Zeland. There are eight sub-species of this butterfly.
This butterfly can be located lightly woody country, deciduous forests and green tree sorrounded human habitat.
The male is characterised by jet black body with three pairs of white spots, two on forwing and one on hind wing.
The upperside of the wings of female is brwornish black without any spot on them. The female resembles the Indian Common Crow in appearance.
The Great Eggfly is known for maternal care as the female guards the leaves where it has laid her eggs.
We have spotted several butterflies of this species in our school garden. We were fortunate to record a pair in courtship and then could identfy the female which looks similar to the Common Crow. The referene was taken from Wikipedia.