Common Rose Butterfly

The Common Rose Butterfly (Pachliopta aristolochiae asteris) is an insect.

The Common Rose is black with grey shading between the veins on its wings. Its swallow-tailed hindwings (back wings) have large white patches and greyish-red crescent-shaped markings. Its underside is similar to its top side, but with striking red or pinkish spots. Its body is bright red.

Common Rose Butterfly

Common Rose Butterfly

 

Its wingspan measures 6-8 centimetres (2.5-3 inches).

The Common Rose is native to Asia. It prefers forests and open, lowland thickets.

The female butterfly lays orange-coloured eggs. After 3 days, the eggs hatch into reddish-brown caterpillars (the larvae stage). The caterpillars feed on plant leaves until they metamorphose into a pupa casing, called a chrysalis. The adult butterfly emerges from the chrysalis after about 12 days.

Common Rose Butterfly

Common Rose Butterfly

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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