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Common Indian Crow
  Euploea core asela
Scientific classification
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Danainae
Genus : Euploea
Species : E. core
Binomial name
  Euploea core Cramer, 1780
Status in Sri Lanka
  Common resident
  8-9 cm
Host plant
  Eupatorium odoratum
Feeding plant

Plants of families Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae such as Adenium, Ichnocarpus. Ficus racemosa, Nerium oleander etc.

Nectaring Plants
Similar species
  • Common Mime ♀♂
  • Malabar Raven ♀♂
  • Ceylon Palmfly ♀♂
  • Brown King Crow ♀♂
  • Double Banded Crow ♀♂
  • Great Crow ♀♂
  • Common Raven ♀
  • Great Eggfly ♀
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      It is found in Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar and Australia.  
    Color/ pattern  
    Male ♂   Female ♀
    They have glossy black wings with a brown underside. White marks are found along the outer margins of the wing. The body also has prominent white spots. On the underside, there is a dull brown streak in the same position as the scent patch.   Similar as the male. A single whitish streak is found on the underside of the hind wing at the location that corresponds to the one seen in the male.
    Identification characters of sexes  
      The male has a single, narrow, dark, oily-looking streak scent patch is located on the upper side of the forewing between the lower margin and the cell.  
      seen almost anywhere from the coastal plains to the highest hills, in cities, villages, plantations and forests.  

    It flies leisurely, often meandering and sailing for short distances. During migration, its leisurely flight changes to a straight line, and despite the sluggish movement of its wings, it covers great distances. It is often seen flying about shrubs and bushes in search of its host plants. It visits a large variety of flowering plant species.

    Mechanisms to overcome threats  
    Eggs   Larvae (Caterpillar)
    ?   Produce chemical substances that deter the predators. It is the unpalatable alkaloids ingested which cause vomiting.
    Pupa (Chrysalis)   Imago (Adult)
    ?   Mimics as an unpalatable poisonous species, avoided both by birds and lizards. It also has tough, leathery skin to survive such occasional attacks. When attacked it fakes death and oozes nauseating liquid which makes it smell and taste terrible. It recovers soon after the attack.
    Size :
    tall and pointed, with ribbed sides
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    shiny white. just before hatching the eggs turn greyish with a black top.
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    throughout thee year
    Larvae (Caterpillar)
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    it is vividly colored, and has alternate white and dark brown or black transverse bands interspersed with thick, yellow, dorso-lateral spots. Just above the legs, along the entire body, is a wide orangish-red band and the head is striped black and white.

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    shiny golden, wing margins are marked with broad colorless bands. The abdomen has a row of black spots on each segment. The pupa later turns black.
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