The Brown Clipper Butterfly (Parthenos sylvia) is a nymphalid insect.
The Brown Clipper Butterfly has broad dark-brown wings with orange patches and white irregular spots. It has radiating lines towards the rear with triangular markings. Its underside is light-greenish-grey. Its body is stout with a short abdomen. It has long antennae.
Its wingspan measures about 10 centimetres (4 inches) across.
The Brown Clipper Butterfly is native to south and south-east Asia. It prefers forests.
The adult butterfly feeds on the nectar of plants, whereas the caterpillar (larvae stage) feeds on plant leaves.
Caterpillars pupate – they make a chrysalis, which is a casing. Inside the casing, the caterpillar undergoes metamorphosis (changes), and it emerges as an adult butterfly.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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