The Great Egg Fly Butterfly

Enjoying the nectar from some tropical flowers

With tropical flowers.
With tropical flowers. | Source

The Great Egg Fly Butterfly

The Great Egg Fly butterfly has amazing blue, and purple colors in it.  Its like a deep periwinkle sapphire color that surrounds white patches on black and white wings.  Its hard to grasp on camera the colors exactly, but hopefully you can get an idea.  The male and female Great Egg Fly have different patterns, but the same coloring often. 

There are other names that the Great Egg Fly butterfly can go by.  They are often called the greater egg fly, common egg fly, blue moon butterfly (for obvious reasons, which I think is so cool), and Hypolimnis bolina. 

The wingspan of this beauty is about 3 inches across, or about 8 centimeters.  The adults feed mostly on flower nectar from all kinds of flowers.  I have seen them on enjoying the nectar from lantana flowers when I see them at the conservatory.  Their coloring against say a yellow lantana blossom is even more beautiful than they are alone. 

Great Egg Fly Butterfly
Great Egg Fly Butterfly | Source

More facts about the Great Egg Fly

You can find the Great Egg Fly butterfly naturally in Australia, India, Ceylon, and Burma. You would be able to easily identify one of these beauties, especially the male if they were nearby, because they have these gorgeous brilliant blue spots (large, and shaped like ovals really).  The females can sometimes have a tinge of yellow on the upper edges of the lower wings. 

The Great Egg Fly prefers a wetter environment.  The have a little bit longer life span than the average butterfly which is often only a couple to a few weeks long.  The live long enough, for their wings to sometimes get a little tattered, but it doesn't seem to dampen their spirits. 

One odd behavior that can be observed in some males, is that they can show a stubborn streak and remain in one spot for several days at a time.  The only thing you might seem them do at a time like this is to try to chase away all other butterflies that come near. 

The Great Egg Fly Butterfly


Here are the places the Great Egg Fly can be found

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A Weathered Great Egg Fly Butterfly On Leaves


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PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

Excellent photos and great hub!

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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thanks Phoenix!

Kulbhushan Kanwar 5 years ago

I do agree with you. I am living in Chandigarh and have a passion for butterfly photography. I have captured the beauty of Great Egg fly in Chandigarh with my D300s camera having 70-300VR lens at Kansal Forest, Botanical Garden, Sarangpur(Chandigarh),Botanical Garden, Panjab University, Chandigarh and just near my house in sector-48. This is most beautiful in both the postures i.e.closed wings and opened wings.

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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you Kulbhushan Kanwar. Its neat to find others who love butterflies as well. I always love to see the photos of others too. I hope to see many more. Botanical gardens are a favorite of mine. I would love to see the botanical garden you mention.

Kulbhushan Kanwar. 4 years ago

If you are interested in butterflies, kindly see "Butterflies of Chandigarh" page on Facebook which is official page of Forest Department, Chandigarh(U.T.) and I manage that page. All pictures of butterflies are mine on the page. Thanks for responding.

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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Kulhushan, I absolutely love butterflies and photos of them. Thanks for sharing that bit of information with us, and for sharing your talent in photographing butterflies!

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