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Glassy Tiger
  Parantica aglea
Palingu gomara
Scientific classification
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Danainae
Genus : Parantica
Species : P. aglea
Binomial name
  Parantica aglea (Stoll, 1782)
  Danais aglea
Status in Sri Lanka
  Common resident 
  65-80 mm 
Host plant
  Asclepiadaceae. Commenly found feeding on Wattakaka volubilis, Tylophora indica, Cryptolepsis buchanani and Calotropis.
Nectaring Plants
Similar species
  • Blue Tiger ♀♂
  • Dark Blue Tiger♀♂
  • Dark Wanderer♀
  • Common Mime ♀♂
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      Sri Lanka to southern China and Taiwan.
    Color/ pattern  
    Male ♂   Female ♀
    The upper side of the wing has numerous light gray streaks towards the base of it. The markings towards the outer margins are oval. Marks on the underside can be marked by additional darker gray lines and also can be blurred. Some lack the entire row of sub marginal spots on the hind wing.   Similar as the male. 
    Identification characters of sexes  
      The male has scent patches on the hind wing; the pouch-shaped patch on vein 1 is larger than the one on vein 2. Both are more swollen and visible on the underside than on the upper side.  
      A very common butterfly that occurs up to 5000 feet over most of the island, except the north where it is rather uncommon. It is found all over the year in home gardens, hedgerows, forests and wooded areas.  

    It has a weak flight and does a lot of flapping of its wings spending more of its time within five to ten feet above ground, rarely flying high up in the canopy when the sun is not too hot. Often found in the company of males other Danaids when they gather on the plants of Heliotropium or Crotalaria. It frequently visits flowers of the undergrowth for nectar and the male occasionally settles on wet soil.

    Mechanisms to overcome threats  
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    Pupa (Chrysalis)   Imago (Adult)
    ?   Mimics as an unpalatable poisonous species, and are avoided both by birds and lizards. It also has tough, leathery skin to survive occasional attacks caused by birds and lizards. When attacked it fakes death and oozes nauseating liquid which makes it smell and taste terrible. It has the ability to recover soon after an attack.
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    The body is black with white larger and smaller yellow dots along the body as well as a lateral line of yellow spots on either side. In between the yellow spots are smaller pale blue ones in bands and small arcs. It has only two pairs of white tubercles, a white striped pair on segment 12.
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    Pale lime green with Four parallel rings of black spots from cremaster to thoracic ridge on segment 7, pale golden spots on remaining segments to the head.
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